2011 Fair Dates:  October 3 - October 11
9- Day Forecast is Fair
9- Day Forecast is Fair
Published by the Robesonian9/29/2011

By: Ali Rockett

LUMBERTON — Ready for the swirling neon lights? Hours of entertainment? Fried anything — and everything?
It can all be found at one place: the 65th annual Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair.
The nine-day event kicks off on Friday and runs until Oct. 8 with a record number of home and agricultural exhibits and more carnival rides than ever before, according to fair organizer Coble Wilson.
“We have a tremendous line up of entertainment that changes every night,” Wilson said. “People can come all nine nights and see something different.”
The gates open to the public at 4:30 on Friday afternoon with an open ceremony and ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Rising country music star D.J. Miller, of Idaville, Ind., will kick off the fair’s entertainment line up at 7 p.m.
Exploding into this year’s schedule is the high-flying Human Canon Ball, who will be shot out of a canon, through the air, over the Midway nightly Friday through Tuesday at 6:30, 7:30 and 9 p.m. each day.
The first-ever monster truck show will crush and demolish cars in the Grandstand on Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
And don’t forget your dancing shoes on Wednesday night as the Band of Oz, of Carolina Beach, performs from 7 to 10 p.m. for the first beach music night.
Wilson said that former favorites like Alan Sands, the comedic hypnotist, and the Puppetone Rockers are also slated to return for several performances throughout the week.
Wilson expects about 85,000 to 90,000 people will pass through the fair gates during its nine-day stay at the Robeson County Fairgrounds on N.C. 41, on the southside of Lumberton.
Fair organizers have distributed more than 65,000 children’s coupons, which provide free admission on Children’s Days scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sunday marks Military Appreciation Day, which includes free admission for people with a military identification and anyone with a current church bulletin, and free amusement rides for everyone between 1 and 2 p.m.
College students can get in free on Wednesday with a valid college identification. On Oct. 6, anyone who donates five canned food items gets in free. The donations go to the Robeson County Church and Community Center Food Pantry.
“We know times are tough, so we want to offer people as many opportunities to come and have a good time even if their on a budget,” said Wilson.
General admission tickets can be purchased for $6 at the gate or at www.robesoncountyfair.com. The gates and rides open at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Check the website for a detailed schedule of events.

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