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Fair returns with new exhibits, contests

The 102nd Halifax County Fair gets under way Tuesday through Saturday welcoming those of all ages.

This year’s fair will feature expanded exhibits, increased prize money and new and different contests including the 4-H dog contest and basketball free throw competition.

Coles Amusement will once again offer thrills to young and old alike as the midway comes alive with the sound of fair hawkers’ voices and children’s squeals of laughter and the smell of cotton candy and Italian sausage.

Nightly entertainment will bring the grandstand to life with performances from the chart topping Nashville Country Sound to old-time, foot-stompin’ bluegrass, to the uplifting strains of Southern Gospel.

Featured entertainment on this year’s grandstand includes the Church Sisters at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Matt Boswell and the Hillbilly Blues Band Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Joey and Rory at 8 p.m., Thursday, Amazing Grace, the mule that performs amazing tricks, will perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Madonna Nash will perform Friday at 8 p.m. and
Saturday beginning at noon, Lawson Creek, Out of the Blue at 4 p.m. and Dailey and Vincent end the week with a performance at 8 p.m. 

The livestock barn will be full of four-legged creatures (and two-legged fowl) and will include a petting zoo for small children.

The exhibit hall will be packed with an expanded selection, all judged by a panel of peers. Categories have been refined and expanded and several new categories will make their debut this year, including the new Lego structure created by inquisitive little minds.

Contests will be offered in several categories, and if all goes well someone will have bragging rights for the best Brunswick stew in Halifax.

In other entertainment on Saturday at 2 p.m. the 4-H talent show will perform, and at 1 p.m. a tractor pull will get under way.

A special tribute for veterans is dedicated to all those who have selflessly given of themselves in service to this great country.

So mark those calendars for Tuesday through Saturday and come celebrate the fruits of Halifax County. Gates open nightly at 4 p.m. except on Saturday when they open at 10 a.m.

For more information, call Halifax County Fair General Manager Mallory Lawter at 517-1061.