Fair time

October 8, 2013

It’s county fair time — at least over in Robeson County. And if you haven’t been yet, there are only a handful of days left.

Last year about 92,000 people enjoyed the nine-day event — and we feel confident that Bladen County folks were a part of that number.

With a little good weather the rest of the week, organizers are hoping to push that figure into six digits this year and we can help them get there. General admission tickets for the fair, which ends on Saturday, Oct. 12, are $6 and children 3 and under get in for free. The deal is even better if you go online (see below).

There are also free tickets almost everywhere, and if you can’t find one, it’s probably because you didn’t look hard.

Another opportunity to get in for free is on Thursday, Oct. 10, when a donation of five cans of food for the Robeson County Church and Community Center food pantry is good for admission.

The fair, with its cotton candy, farm exhibits, cooking contests, music and 36-ride midway, offers a little something for everybody, and is a great way for the family to spend a crisp October day. Each year, the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair is recognized as one of the best in North Carolina, and some years it’s recognized as the very best.

“It’s a family-oriented, children-related event teaching kids morals, ethics and drug-free [living],” said Allen Faircloth, the fair’s president.

It’s more than just a good time. According to Faircloth, each year the fair distributes $10,000 to support local community projects, so the fair is providing more than a good time.

For information or to buy tickets, visit To view photos and videos from last year’s fair, visit the Robeson County Fair Facebook page, Twitter feed or Pinterest page, or the Fairweather Robeson page on YouTube.

But the best way to find out about all the fair has to offer is in person.

And when you go, have fun and enjoy all the fair has to offer — but be safe and courteous to the other fair-goers. It will help make the experience even better for you and everyone else.