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Hunting expo joins lineup for 2013 fair

Halifax County Animal Control Chief Warden Todd Moser has been named the new general manager of the 102nd annual Halifax County Fair.

Del. James Edmunds, operator of the fair, made the announcement Friday.

Moser replaces Bonita Nelson in the position.

Moser said he has already started working to make the annual fair to be held Oct. 1-5 one of the best ever.

The 2013 Halifax County Fair will have a new twist this year as Moser said he is working to combine the fair with a fall hunting expo to be held at the fairgrounds.

“It’s going to be known as the 2013 Halifax County Fair/Fall Hunting Expo,” the new general manager said, adding the plan is to have a variety of hunting vendors in the exhibit hall at this year’s fair.

“That’s going to be something new to it,” Moser said.

Currently, the fairgrounds exhibit hall is undergoing renovations “that will open it up and make it a little more accessible to attract vendors and maybe be able to use the exhibit halls to benefit other organizations. We’re clearing out a lot of old and bringing in the new,” he said.

The exhibit hall will continue to 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.

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.

“My goal is not to have an open spot on the Midway,” Moser said.

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.

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

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.

The new general manager plans to continue saluting the military during one night of the fair with special honor being paid to soldiers and veterans, and another night will be dedicated to honoring public safety and emergency medical services workers.

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

This year’s fair also will offer a variety of musical acts, but Moser said he is working on lining up a variety of special entertainers to be announced “hopefully soon.”

Back again this year will be the Big Buck Contest for gun and bow entrees, as well as other taxidermy entries. 

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

First entries will be scored for Boon and Crockett or Pope and Young with the best score winning the prize.

Then the second part of the contest will be left up to the public who will choose their favorite buck in two categories – adult and junior.

“One of my goals this year is to have the fair where there will be more entertainment for the very youngest fair goers but also incorporate more of a variety of entertainment for the older generation also,” Moser said.

In addition, the new general manager said he plans to work with the Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival organizers to more reflect the county’s heritage at this year’s fair.

“I was really honored that James (Edmunds) and the county asked me to serve as the general manager of this year’s fair,” Moser said promising to work hard to make this one of the best fairs Halifax County has seen.

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.

For more information about the 2013 Halifax County Fair to be held Oct. 1-5, contact Moser at 434-579-3974.