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Fair features traditional assortment of rides, attractions in addition to Fall Outdoor Expo

Cole’s Amusement returns to pack the Midway with rides such as the Zipper, the Rainbow, the Round-up, Tilt-A-Whirl, Cliffhanger, Ferris wheel and merry-go-round and the usual assortment of games at the 103rd annual Halifax County Fair and Fall Outdoor Expo.

Featured entertainment at the grandstand includes country music star Jason Michael Carroll on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The Magnificents, a classic Motown, beach and soul band, will be the featured attraction Thursday at 8 p.m.

Halifax County’s own Turkey Scratch Outlaw Americana Band performs Friday at 8 p.m., and the 4-H Talent Show will be on the grandstand stage at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday at noon the Bluegrass Goodtime Band takes to the stage followed by Homegrown Bluegrass Band at 2, Lawson Creek Band at 4 and Grascals at 8 p.m. to end the week’s grandstand shows.

The fair features a special Wild World of Animals show to be held each day through Friday with shows for school children at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and at night at 6 p.m.

Four animal shows are slated Saturday at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The fair features expanded exhibits and prize money, and there is a contest to judge the best-mounted white tail deer.

This year’s Big Buck contest will be two contests rolled into one with the best Boon and Crockett scored deer winning the prize. Every Big Buck entrant also gets a free admission into the fair one night.

The second part of this year’s Big Buck contest will be left up to fair attendees to decide as they cast their votes during fair week.

The livestock barns feature a wide variety of animals from chickens to waterfowl to rabbits to horses and cattle, in addition to goats and pigs.

Wednesday and Thursday on the Midway 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 will 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.

Emergency Services Night is not just limited to Halifax County personnel with emergency services workers from neighboring jurisdictions also 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 their guests at the fair, Moser said.

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

“Military Appreciation Night” wristbands also will be sold 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. 

The fair runs through Saturday, with gates opening nightly at 4 p.m. except on Saturday, when they open at 10 a.m.