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Robeson County holds annual fair

By Samantha Langley
Asst. Around the Town Editor

October 18, 2012

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This award winning newspaper dress is part of the art displayed at the fair.
The Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair ran from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6. It was an event filled with amusement rides, food, fun, awards and shows.

Around 62,000 people attended the fair and about $75,000 was raised. According to the fair's president, Allen Faircloth, this money will be used to improve the fairgrounds.

About 1,800 awards and ribbons were presented during the fair for different competitions.

The event cost $6 for admission, and once inside people could buy extra tickets at $1 apiece for rides. Rides included a Ferris wheel, house of mirrors, giant swings and many more.

Participants could also play games, such as shooting water at a target to make a mermaid go up to hit the bell and choosing a rubber duck from a kiddie pool to get a prize.

Inside the buildings at the fairgrounds, different booths were set up promoting local attractions, politicians and charities.

Charles Hammonds, a retired veteran, was promoting the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter. He gave advice to veterans about how they could get benefits and to younger people that were interested in the military.

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An onlooker admires the artwork on display from different schools in Robeson County during the Robeson County Fair.
"I got to tell a lot of people about military service, and we raised a little bit of money through donations," Hammonds said.

Hammonds said his favorite part of the fair was the art exhibits.

The art exhibit was located inside the main building and featured art from local schools and artists.

Awards were given in different categories, such as age group and medium used.

The art varied from piece to piece and included a dress made out of newspaper and a sculpture made from books and tiny metallic men.

Agricultural awards were also given out.

Trevin Chase, age 5, was the winner of the Hog Show award.

In this competition, participants had to walk a hog around the room in a dog-show like format. Points were given out based on the way that the handler behaved and how the hog responded to his behavior.

"I won a blue ribbon, a trophy and a $10 gift card. Mr. Anthony Locklear helped me raise the hog from when it was a baby, and it was really fun to do," Chase said.

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Art using different media is on display in the art gallery. In this piece, the artist used metallic men and books to create a 3D sculpture.
Other agricultural awards were given out to participants who brought livestock, made preservatives and brought large crops.

Many of the livestock were available in the petting zoo and in cages for fair-goers to look at while not in competition.

Entertainment varied on the main stage. Many competitions were held on the stage, including a beauty pageant and step-show competition. Awards were given out for the best performances.

Also, bands and a hypnotist performed on the stage.

Off the main stage, many entertainers went around calling out to fair-goers. These people included a poet riding a unicycle, an Andy Griffith impersonator and "The Puppetone Rocker."

"The Puppetone Rocker" was a motorized parade float that contained a live puppet show and music. The puppets depicted colorful animals, such as flamingos playing instruments. The group performing on the float played rock and roll classics such "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys.

Bobby Hill, the founder and main operator of the group, originally started out with his own solo act, but over time realized that he was very limited with what he could do just being on stage.

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Fair attendees play carnival-style games and win prizes. Some of the prizes included stuffed animals, inflatable toys and live goldfish.
"We started out as a one-man show, but over time I wanted something that we could go places and do things other than just being on stage. I started tinkering and came up with this little car, and we've been on the road ever since," Hill said.

Vendors also were located all over the grounds selling food and toy items. Some of the foods sold included deep fried Oreos, homemade kettle corn, cotton candy and turkey legs.

Other vendors sold playful items, such as glow sticks, unique hats and monogrammed shot glasses.

According to Faircloth, the fair was not as successful as it could have been.

"Our numbers were down 30,000 from last year, probably because of the rain," Faircloth said.

Next year, Faircloth said he hopes to expand the new drum-line competition between local schools and start a JROTC competition.

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