Diaper Derby has Them Crawling in the Asiles
By: Mark Moses
This may be 66th anniversary of the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair, but for 36 of those years, the fair has held one of its most sought-after (and smallest) events.
On Saturday, October 6, the last day of the fair, the 36th Annual Diaper Derby will take place, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by Robeson County Commissioner Tom Taylor and The Bargain House, located at 1403 E 5th Street in Lumberton, toddlers between the ages of six and 12 months and not yet walking, will take to the ‘racetrack’ in an effort to win a first place prize of $100. Seventy-five dollars will go to the second place baby and $50.00 to third place.
“I’ve been really surprised to see how many babies are in the diaper derby,” said Commissioner Taylor. “I like watching the parents better than I do the kids trying to get across the finish line. The parents and grandparents get involved in it, too. It’s been real successful and the crowd really gets into it. It’s just a real neat event.”
According to Buddy Britt, coordinator of the event, the first winner of the Diaper Derby was Chip Bullard, son of fair board member Herbert Bullard.
“This is the longest running event at the fair, besides the fair itself, said Mr. Britt. “The most entrants we’ve ever had was thirty-eight and the least we had was eighteen.”
For more information about the annual Diaper Derby at this year’s fair, contact Britt at (910) 738-7004 or go online at www.robesoncountyfair.com and print out a registration form. Competition is open to all residents of Robeson and surrounding counties.
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