The Richmond County Fair brought new flavor to town this year. Thanks to its partnership with Cole Shows Amusement Company, the event included new rides, new games and new concessions, and the crowds turned out for it.
Early in the evenings, well before sundown, cars lined Community Park Drive, extending back to the Route 3, bringing fair-goers from every age group.
Tuesday was gospel night and the roster included all local groups, including Under His Wings, the Fred Paul Brass Band, Tommy Thompson and Sam Oliver. Over the next four days, the stage would host performances by artists including Faron Hamblin, Hard to Tell Band, John Grisby and the County Line as well as Southern Bred. Some guests brought their chairs and lined the hill above the stage. Some took a seat on the hay bales, and other preferred to dance.
New attractions this year included a butterfly safari that offered guests the opportunity to find and feed butterflies.
Michael Felk provided tinsmithing demonstrations, walking audiences through the 18th century process. At the end of each showing, Felk held a guess-the-item contest and made the winner a prize of choice that was valued at $30. Johnathan Austin brought entertainment with his 24-Hour Emergency Juggling and Magic Show. There was also an effort to add new competitions, which included a corn-shucking contest and a hay bale toss.
Even with all of the new elements, visitors were still able to enjoy many of the fair favorites that they look forward to year after year. A range of farm animals were on show and ready for petting. The bingo tent attracted eager players. Quilts drew awe from craft enthusiasts, and the entries for the crop competitions amazed many onlookers. Plus, there was a variety of food ranging from bbq and hot dogs, to fried seafood and smoothies.
Fair-goers admire the work of local quilters.