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Fair rolls in for another county ride

It gets underway Tuesday and runs through Saturday.

Halifax County’s 2013 Fair and Fall Outdoor Expo promises to be more than just your regular run of the mill county fair.

According to Todd Moser, general manager overseeing the 103rd annual Halifax County Fair, this year’s fair will have everything the usual county fair has plus much more beginning with a fall hunting expo to be held simultaneously at the fairgrounds.

A variety of hunting vendors will line the corridors of the
exhibit hall at this year’s fair, and back again by popular demand will be the Big Buck Contest for gun and bow enthusiasts, along with other taxidermy entries including bear, turkey, fox, etc. 

The Big Buck contest will be two contests rolled into one at the 2013 Halifax County Fair, Moser said.

Entries will be scored for Boon and Crockett with the best score winning the prize, and every entrant participating will get a one night free ticket admission into the fair, he added.

The second part of this year’s Big Buck contest will be left up to the public who will choose the favorite buck in two categories — adult and junior.

In addition to Big Bucks, the exhibit hall also will feature entries in a variety of categories eligible to win first, second and third place prizes along with Best In Show prizes to be awarded in each category.

The exhibit hall also promises to be full of creative and homegrown displays with prizes to be awarded in the art category for adult and youth, amateur and professional photography, homemade canned goods from the farm and garden, honey, fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Also found in the exhibit halls will be Lego creations, handicrafts, needlework, metalwork and woodwork.

As in year’s past, the livestock barn will be filled with live farm animals on display. Assisting Moser with the livestock exhibits this year will be Chandler Hughes.

After strolling through the livestock and exhibit halls, fairgoers can wind their way around the midway. 

New to the midway this year will be a free wild animal show, World of Animals, featuring two shows each night and three on Saturday.

Coles Rides, an amusement company already experienced with the Halifax County Fair and one that enjoys a good reputation during fair events here, will continue to provide midway entertainment for all ages.

The fair will offer thrills for people of all ages, he added. Cole Shows Amusement Company Inc. of Covington will provide exciting rides, as well as midway games.

Midway scheduling calls for Tuesday night to be “Buddy Night.” Patrons purchase ride tickets at regular price, and a buddy  “rides free.” Tickets are $1 each, 24 for $20, 48 for $40 or 72 for $50. Rides require three to five tickets each.

Wednesday and Thursday will be unlimited rides nights with wristbands being sold for $20 per person from 5 to 9 p.m. and honored until 10 p.m. The $2 off coupons also be offered on these two nights.

Wednesday night also will be “Salute to Emergency Services Night” with all emergency services workers including firefighters, EMTs, deputies, state police officers and town police officers getting in for half-price the gate admission with proper identification, Moser said.

Emergency Services Night is not just limited to Halifax County personnel, he added, noting emergency services workers from neighboring jurisdictions also will be able to get in for half-price.

Friday night will be “Military Appreciation Night” thanks to Andy Crowell of Crowell Motor Company who invites all active-duty military personnel and participants in the Wounded Warrior Project from Halifax County, along with their spouses and children, to be Crowell’s guests at the fair, Moser said.

“We celebrate the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States for their sacrifice, courage and dedication to this country. We recognize the many sacrifices these brave Americans and their families make to keep us safe and defend our freedom,” Crowell said.

For information on the complimentary tickets, call Crowell at 572-0875.

“Military Appreciation Night” wristbands also will be sold Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and honored until 10 p.m. for $15 per person with military ID up to a family of four.

On Saturday, the fair will host an “Unlimited Ride Matinee” with wristbands being sold for $20 per person from noon until 4 p.m. and honored until 5 p.m.

“People who work for the sheriff’s department, state police, rescue squads and fire departments and other members of public safety organizations will get in paying half-price of the gate admission one night,” he said.

The fair general manager has pledged to continue using local organizations, volunteers and workers who have over time worked to develop the Halifax County Fair.

 After taking in everything on the midway, fairgoers ready to sit down and enjoy some entertainment will be treated each evening and all day Saturday to featured entertainment on the grandstand.

Grandstand entertainment at this year’s fair promises something for everyone, the general manager said of the Tuesday-Saturday lineup.

On Tuesday, Eagles tribute band “On The Border” will perform on the grandstand followed by country music star Jason Michael Carroll on Wednesday evening.

The Magnificents, a classic Motown, beach and soul band, will be the featured attraction on the grandstand Thursday evening.

On Friday, Halifax County’s own Turkey Scratch Outlaw Americana Band will be on stage providing that night’s entertainment.

The talent show is on once again for Saturday morning when some of the county’s best and brightest entertainment will compete on the grandstand stage. 

Saturday morning’s talent contest is open to participants from across the region welcoming all ages and talents.

The 4-H Talent Show will be on the grandstand stage at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by an afternoon of bluegrass musical entertainment featuring the Bluegrass Goodtime Band at noon, Homegrown Bluegrass Band at 2 p.m., Lawson Creek Band at 4 p.m. and Grascals at 8 p.m.

Fair admission will remain the same as last year with Tuesday night gate admission $3 per person regardless of age and Wednesday through Saturday gate admission $6 for persons ages 12 and older and $3 for persons ages 3 to 11 and free of charge to children age 2 and under.