Change leads to fair starting earlier

Tom Joyce Staff Reporter

August 30, 2013

Those who were eagerly anticipating the start of the Surry County fair next week have received a bonus: the event has actually begun five days early.

The Surry County Agricultural Fair “officially” was to begin Tuesday, but kicked off Thursday night instead due to a scheduling shuffle.

“Rides are coming in early,” Catherine Thorpe, fair coordinator, said earlier Thursday of the escalated arrival of the midway entertainment provider, Inners Shows, based in Franklinton.

“They lost their contract with another city, so they came to Mount Airy early,” Thorpe explained. But that loss is proving to be this community’s gain.

“That’s like five additional days of fair,” the coordinator said, which will include not only rides such as the Ferris wheel, Paratrooper, Super Shot and others but carnival games, food and other normal fair attractions.

Gates open today at 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The fair also will operate on Monday, Labor Day, with gates opening sometime in the afternoon, although the exact time was not known Thursday.

The “agricultural” component of the county fair — including the addition of livestock and other exhibits — kicks in Tuesday, Thorpe said. Altogether, the fair runs through Sept. 7.

New Trapeze Act

This year the event will boast more attractions than normal. “There’s a lot of unusual stuff,” said Thorpe, specifically mentioning the High-Flying Pages.

They are a family of trapeze artists who also incorporate an equestrian performance into their act. The troupe has been billed as “the best flying act in the U.S.”

The High-Flying Pages will have nightly shows, including today at 6 and 8 p.m.

Senior Fun Day starts Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., with an Elvis Presley tribute show also planned that day.

Cost Details

Fair-goers have options available regarding the costs, according to Thorpe.

The general-admission price is $5 per adult and $3 for children (ages 4-12). Kids 3 and younger are admitted free.

That price covers entry to the fairgrounds as well as the High-Flying Pages’ shows, Thorpe said.

Armbands also are available for $20, which enable the wearer to enjoy unlimited rides. Coupons offering a $2 discount were published Thursday and today in The Mount Airy News.

Additional information can be found on a website for the event, at

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