LUMBERTON — The Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair now has connections to the community even when the fairgrounds aren’t bustling with activity.
The fair’s website, www.robesoncountyfair.com, has been revamped in anticipation of this year’s festivities, slated for Sept. 30 to Oct. 8.
“We didn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but we updated everything and made it more user-friendly,” said Coble Wilson Jr., the past president of the fair.
The colorful website now includes videos, a photo gallery, the fair schedule, ticket sales, as well as information about the history of the fair, the fair board, and the rides and entertainment.
“It should be easier to update and put up our pictures up there,” Wilson Jr. said. “We’re real excited about updating it as the fair progresses day by day.”
This was the first time the website had been updated in three years. Across the bottom of the home page is a countdown, down to the second, until the fair begins.
“You have evolution and you have to keep up with the new technology, and this was the year to do that so we could give the latest and the best information to the people that go to the Internet,” Wilson Jr. said.
The premium book is also available on the site, so that viewers can access entry forms for contests.
The website was made by Matt’s Web Design, out of Elgin, Ill., with some help from Shea Ann DeJarnette, a board member for the fair.
“The needs of a fair website are different from the needs of a traditional business website,” DeJarnette said. “We have a lot going on in a short amount of time. … We wanted to make sure it was the most beautiful representation of a Robeson County fair that you could ever have.”
Links to the fair’s social media sites make it a portal to the fair’s other communications.
“We’ve got our Facebook and Twitter linked to it,” DeJarnette said. “We are really going to hit the social media hard this year. If something changes, we will put it on Twitter so they will constantly be hooked up.”
Gate admission is $6, and children under 2 years old are admitted free. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased on the site.
“I think it’s a really great way to get an overview of the fair,” DeJarnette said. “A lot of time there’s so much going on … you can actually look now and plan the best days for you and see everything that’s going on in one shot.”
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