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There will be plenty of traditional favorites when the Wilson County Fair returns Sept. 17-22, but there will also be some new attractions.
Expect a midway filled with carnival rides and games by Big Rock Amusements, lots of tasty treats, helicopter rides and some special shows.
New to the Wilson County Fair this year will be the Pirates of the Colombia Caribbean aerial high wire act. Debbie Hill, fair manager, said the acrobatics show features “pirates” searching for a treasure map. The show will be performed two times on Tuesday through Friday and three times Saturday and Sunday.
The Lew-E’s Comedy Circus will also be presenting shows, free with paid admission. The show includes juggling, comedy magic, audience participation and more.
Wednesday is senior day with special events from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. There will be special entertainment, food, door prizes and a ride on the Ferris wheel. If you plan to participate and eat lunch, call 252-206-4059 and register by Sept. 13.
On Wednesday evening, there will be an NTPA tractor pull like the one held at the fairgrounds this summer. Hill said there will be four classes pulling: mini rods, four-wheel drive, hot farm and light pro stock. The show start at 7 p.m. and is included in the fair admission ticket.
Make sure to stop by the two locations for It’s a Zoo Life. Hill said the popular attraction will be back with even more animals in the cattle barn and Building G. Make sure to look for the fennec foxes, emus, tucans and kangaroos. The small exotic petting zoo was featured in a TLC show “Our Wild Life” about the zoo and its owners, the Abrams family of Pinetops.
Food vendors will be offering favorite carnival foods including funnel cakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade, homemade ice cream, kettle corn, Mexican foods and more. Emery’s Place will be new to the fair this year, offering chicken and steak tacos, Cajun corn and fries. Other vendors include Best Made Nutrition with nutritional drinks and smoothies and The Skin Man with flavored pork skins.
If you are entering anything in the competition — from cakes and pickles to afghans and door wreaths — here’s some information you need to know.
Entries will be accepted Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tablescape entries come in Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m., and prepared foods and cut flowers only can be submitted Monday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., before judging starts.
All baked good entries on Tuesday will be sold at auction. Proceeds go to Wilson Crisis Center.
The exhibit halls will be open for viewing Tuesday-Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. Call the fair office for info.
The popular Veterans Wall of Honor will be on display again the exhibit hall. Photos of around 150 local veterans are included in this display. New photos of local and current active duty military will be accepted until Sept. 12. Call 252-237-8443 for details.
There will be several animal shows this year with hogs on Tuesday at 6 p.m., lambs on Friday at 6 p.m., goats on Saturday at 2 p.m. and heifers and feeder steers on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Again this year, you can buy tickets at WAWtix.com. This includes advance, discounted tickets as well as same-day tickets. When you arrive at the fair, show the attendant at the ticket booth the bar code from your online ticket purchase. If you have also purchased a ride wristband in advance, you will be given a ticket at the admission ticket booth that can be redeemed at a Big Rock ticket booth for a wristband.
Admission is $7. Kids 5 and under get in free; there’s a maximum of three kids per paid adult admission. Advance admission tickets are $5 each; advance combo tickets including admission and a ride armband are $22. Wristbands alone are $22 after Sept. 16. Advance tickets can be purchased at WAWtix.com or at the fairgrounds until Monday, Sept. 16.
On Tuesday, school kids get in free with a paying adult (maximum three kids per paying adult).
On Sunday, take in a church bulletin and the church receives a $2 donation.
Thursday, if bring 3 canned goods, you get $2 off admission. canned goods go to The Flynn Christian Fellowship Home. Hill said the residents often help out at the fairgrounds. “They’ve come to our rescue many times,” Hill said.