Fair looking for brighter skies

Kelly Mayo Staff writer

October 8, 2013

LUMBERTON — The fair on Tuesday was a washout, but officials are hoping the weather will clear today so that the fun can go on, including the popular cheer-leading contests.

Weather permitting, the fair will reopen today at 2 p.m. for people age 62 and over who will get in free, and then for the general public at 4:30 p.m. There is a 40 percent chance of rain this afternoon.

The rain cancelled cheer-leading competitions for fifth- and sixth-graders on Tuesday, and Special Needs Childrens’ Day was postponed until Thursday.

Events today include the Kng Arthur Flour Baking Competition at 4:30 p.m., a performance from the Carolina Breakers at 7 p.m. and hypnotist Alan Sands’ show at 9 p.m.

Fair President Allen Faircloth said safety concerns prompted fair officials close the gates on Tuesday.

“We don’t want anyone to slip,” he said.

The junior and high school cheerleading competitions will be held today, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Faircloth said attendance for the fair’s opening weekend, which was blessed with mild temperatures, was higher than last year’s.

“Attendance is really good,” he said. “Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had 12,000 people. We had 7,000 last year.”

Faircloth was confident fair-goers will return in droves for the remainder of the fair’s nine-day run, which concludes on Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, the rain will stick around today and there is a 20 percent chance of the wet stuff on Thursday. The forecast for final two days of the fair is partly sunny with highs in the mid-70s.

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