‘You can never have too much fun’

Keith Strange Staff Reporter

August 16, 2013

Starting today, organizers of this year’s Surry County Agricultural Fair will begin accepting entries for this year’s judged exhibits.

This year’s 66th annual fair, slated for Sept. 3-7, will once again be held at Veterans Park. It is being sponsored by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

This year’s judged contest will feature items as varied as livestock, farm animals, vegetables and produce, arts and crafts, baked goods, clothing, fine arts and photography, canned and dried foods, and needlework, according to Mike Thorpe, co-fair manager.

“We hope people come out and support the fair, but we also want as many entries from local residents as possible,” he said. “We’re trying to maintain and build the county’s agricultural part of the fair, and could use as much participation as possible.”

Thorpe said the fair will be fun for the entire family.

“This year, we’re going to have the High-Flying Pages, a family of trapeze artists who incorporate an equestrian performance into their act,” he said.

Organizers have planned a Senior Fun Day for Sept. 3, starting at 2:30 p.m., Thorpe said.

“We’re going to have food available and door prizes, and the day will also include an Elvis tribute show by King resident Taylor Vaden,” he said.

This year, the midway will be provided by Inners Shows, who is expected to bring a brand new gondola Ferris wheel.

Tickets for this year’s fair is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children 4 to 12, but Thorpe said county residents who are having to pinch their pennies also have a special discount day.

“We’re going to hold a special family night where there will be $3 off rides without coupons and children and seniors will be admitted free,” he said. The family night is set for Sept. 3.

And residents who just can’t get enough of the Ferris wheel or octopus are in luck.

“There are going to be a few extra days of rides this year because Inners Shows will be running the rides as a sort of carnival from Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, due to losing one of their bookings this year,” Thorpe said. “So we’re lucky there will be a chance for county residents to get in some extra riding.”

And as always, there will be plenty of good fair eats on hand, from funnel cake to cotton candy and the fair staple, Polish sausage.

“We hope everyone is looking forward to this year’s fair, and comes out to help us make it a huge success once again this year,” Thorpe said.

Proceeds from this year’s fair will be used to help fund operational expenses at Veterans Memorial Park.

“We want to give back to the community and ensure the park is there for the community,” Thorpe said.

Reach Keith Strange at or 719-1929.