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2011 Fair Dates:  October 3 - October 11
Excitement on the Ground in the Air at the Fair
Excitement on the Ground in the Air at the Fair
Published by the Robesonian10/2/2011

By: Ali Rockett


Barrett Bolton, 8, pictured here, and Brett, his twin brother, take their turn on the bucking bull at the 65th Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett.

Shawn Marren, also known as the Human Cannonball, shoots out of a cannon and flies about 40 feet in the air at 60 mph. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett.

Shawn Marren, also known as the Human Cannonball, flips mid-air landing on his back 100 feet from the cannon dangerously close to the end of the air bag — his only safety measure once he leaves the cannon. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett.

Jacquelyn, 7, and her brother, Jahiem, 8, of Rowland, give Shawn Marren, also known as the Human Cannonball, a thumbs up. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett.

At the Star Family Circus, Estrella Garcia, whose stage name is the Butterfly, spins high in the air held by just her ponytail to ohs and ahs from the crowd. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett.

Oscar Garcia, a third generation circus performer, runs around the outside of the “Space Wheel” without anything to break his fall. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett.

Scene from Saturday, the second day of the 65th annual Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett

Aaron, 10, and Ruby, 7, Parker, of Fairmont, run inside of the Water Barrels on Saturday at the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair. | Staff photo by Ali Rockett
LUMBERTON — Fair President Allen Faircloth and event organizer Coble Wilson weren’t lying when they said this year’s fair had something for everyone.
Saturday, the second day of the 65th annual Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair, saw a steady stream of thousands of fair-goers that kept traffic backed up on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive most of the day.
The schedule of events ranged from the Junior Miss and Little Miss pageants to the Monster Truck Show.
“I’m pretty excited about the Monster Truck Show” Faircloth said. “It’s something different and should bring a lot of excitement.”
The show, which lasted from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featured nationally competitive trucks raised high in the air on wheels more than 5 feet in diameter. One of the trucks was parked outside of Lumberton Honda last week.
Under a cloud of dust created by wheels spinning in the sand, the trucks crushed an RV and jumped over a line of cars to cheers from the crowd in the grandstand.
The roar of the trucks’ engines spread over the fair, even reaching the tent where bejeweled beauty queens dazzled another cheering crowd.
Earlier in the day, the Human Cannonball and the Star Family Circus thrilled fair-goers who stopped between trips on the many carnival rides or watched while eating funnel cakes, cotton candy and candied apples.
“I felt it in my heart,” said 7-year-old Jacquelyn of the cannon’s boom that sent Shawn Marren flying about 40 feet in the air at 60 mph.
Marren flipped mid-air before landing on his back 100 feet from the cannon, dangerously close to the end of the air bag — his only safety measure once he leaves the cannon.
“That was so cool” said Jacquelyn, of Rowland. “I didn’t think he was going to make it.”
She and her brother, Jahiem, 8, asked Marren what it felt like when he was shot out of his cannon.
“It feels like flying,” Marren told the children. “When you’re in the air you don’t really feel anything.”
Jahiem asked if he could try the cannon. Marren said it wasn’t safe without training, but he suggested that the Mega Drop ride, located near the cannon, might give him a similar thrill.
“Will you ride with us?” Jahiem asked.
“I won’t ride it, I’m scared,” Marren said.
Oscar Garcia and his family’s circus act was just as heart-stoppingly exciting. Garcia, a third generation circus performer, said he learned his “Space Wheel” act from his father and uncles.
He first ran, jumped and did handstands inside a human-sized hamster wheel weighted on one end so it spun in a 360 degree circle. Then he climbed to the outside of the wheel and ran precariously around and around, and even tried it once blindfolded.
One of his daughters rode a motorcycle inside the “Globe of Death” and another performed an aerial dance on a rope.
Garcia’s wife, Estrella, whose stage name is the Butterfly, spun high in the air held aloft by her ponytail.
“That was a pretty butterfly,” said 5-year-old Rachel Thronton.
“With a headache,” said her mom, Angie.
The Throntons rode the Ferris wheel and filled up on fair food before the circus show, and planned to spend the rest of the night riding and eating.
“It’s perfect fair weather,” Angie Thronton said.
The high on Saturday was about 65 degrees, and the low temperature dipped into the mid 40s. Today’s forecast calls for the same cool temperatures.
The Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair runs until Oct. 8. General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at www.robesoncountyfair.com for $6. Unlimited carnival ride wrist bands can be purchased online or inside the fair for an additional $20.
Events scheduled for today and Monday at the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair include:
Sunday, October 02, 2011
— Fair open to the public from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
— Free amusement rides from 1 to 2 p.m.
— Gospel on the Grounds featuring the best in local gospel singers from 2 to 7 p.m.
— Bobby Hill Live Stage Show at 3 p.m. on the McDonald’s stage
— Human Cannonball at 6:30, 7:30 and 9 p.m. on the south midway.
Monday, October 03, 2011
— Fair open to the public from 4:30 p.m to 11 p.m.
— Alan Sands Comedy Hypnotist at 6:30 and 9 p.m. on the McDonald’s midway stage
— Cheerleading contest at 6:30 p.m. in the Grandstand
— Human Cannonball at 6:30, 7:30 and 9 p.m. on the south midway.
— WGQR Q-Artist Connection from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Entertainment tent, gate No. 10
— 4-H Youth Rabbit Show at 7 p.m. in the livestock arena
— Kandu and Company Family Entertainment at 7 and 8:30 p.m. near the south food court
Check the Web site at www.robesoncountyfair.com for a complete schedule of events.

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