Rain cancels 1 Robeson fair event; all else on go

By Sarah Willets - swillets@civitasmedia.com

LUMBERTON — Rain has forced the cancellation of one event at the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair, but the sun should shine on rest of the fair’s 10-day run.

Today kicks off the 70th year of the fair. Because of the forecast, the High School Band Explosion has been cancelled, according to Coble Wilson, president emeritus of the fair. Wilson said the rainy weather has made it unsafe for high school bands to perform on the track at the fairgrounds.

“Everything else is on go,” Wilson said this morning. “We have not changed anything else at this point.”

Gates open to the public today at 4:30 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, including state and local officials, will be held once the gates open to mark the milestone year.

Other attractions today include the Pleasant Valley Petting Zoo, which opens at 4:30 p.m.; Pleasant Valley Pig Races at 6, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; Agri Puppets performances at 6:30 and 8 p.m.; and Alan Sands Comedy Hypnotist at 7:30 and 9 p.m.;

Last year’s fair was dampened by seven days of rain.

Forecasts are calling for the chance of rain to taper off late this morning, but that will happen only after heavy downpours overnight night and today. There is a slight chance of rain on Friday, following by sunshine through Wednesday.

“The ride inspectors have been inspecting the rides and everything is going well on that end,” Wilson said. “Everybody is excited, we have a beautiful layout with rides on the midway and we have a really wonderful lineup of entertainment.”

For a full schedule of events visit robesoncountyfair.com.

By Sarah Willets




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