Sun finally shines on county fair

By: By Tomeka Sinclair -

LUMBERTON — Fair organizers are calling the 71st Robeson Regional Agricultural fair a great success. Although it didn’t break any attendance records, they are happy with the 58,000 people who did attend over the 10 days.

For nine of the 10 days, there was perfect fair weather and the board anticipated threatening a record-breaking attendance of 100,000 attendees. But the last day was a washout. Scattered showers throughout the day kept the fair attendance to about 3,000.

“It was still much better than the last two years. We were very pleased with the outcome,” said Allen Faircloth, fair board president.

Hurricane Matthew cut the past year’s fair short. And the previous year’s was marked by excessive rain that closed the fair most days.

“I think this fair was good for people who dealt with the hurricane last year,” said Coble Wilson, fair immediate past president and president emeritus.

The fair board had a meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday and already is discussing plans for the 72nd annual Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair.

“We discussed what was good, what was bad, what did and didn’t work,” Faircloth said.

Each day at the fair had a variety of entertainment and competitions. Highlights included a visit with from Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins, a concert performance by country singer Jordan Davis and the 4-H competitions. Returning attractions included the comedy hypnotist Alan Sands, the Close Encounters with the Exotic Kind lion and tiger show, and the annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. The chicken bog contest on Saturday helped close it, with the winner taking home at $1,000 cash prize.

The fair program was dedicated to Charles Ivey, a longtime supporter who died during Hurricane Matthew.

“It was a good deal for the 10 days,” Wilson said. “There was a large variety of things to do this year.”

Proceeds from the fair will be donated to various organizations in the county, including United Way, the Robeson County Church and Community Center, the Southeastern Family and Violence Center, and the Red Cross.

By Tomeka Sinclair

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