It’s that time of year again when the annual Halifax County Fair comes to town.
Brings back many fond memories for local folk who deem the county fair a tradition.
When you feel that nip in the air, you know it’s the time of year when you’ll get to meet many of your favorite friends and relatives at the fairgrounds enjoying plenty of good food and fine entertainment.
And this year will be no exception.
From the Cinnsational Cinnamon Buns to Scales, Tails & Teeth Alligator Education & Entertainment Show and the Strong-Style Pro Wrestling, this year’s fair features something for everyone and promises to bring back many memories of fairs long ago.
Upon entering the gates onto the midway, the spectacular and mesmerizing sounds along with the smells of greasy Italian sausages, fried bologna burgers and sweet cotton candy always carry me back to childhood years when my parents would take my sister and me to the fair.
All week long anticipating the fun we were going to have was just about as much fun as the actual trek to the fair itself.
And then as several years passed, going to the fair as a teenager took on new meaning as you met up with your best friends or that significant other who would spend a fortune trying to win a big stuffed animal for his gal complete with bragging rights.
Lining up to buy the tickets to ride those favorite amusement rides and flipping coins on plates and glasses in hopes of winning yet one more prized possession to add to your personal collection of fair memorabilia back home are all fond memories.
Reliving all the fun with friends the next day at school was icing on the cake during fair week.
I grew older, and the attraction of the rides held less sway, as the grandstand entertainment and lure of the exhibit halls took priority over the Zipper, Round Up, Octopus and Himalayas.
Then as a parent of a young child, I had an opportunity to relive that first time excitement of the annual county fair once again through the wide eyes of my son and his little friends.
Indeed, the fair offers something for everyone every year, and that’s why it has been around for over a century.
Special thanks this year to head honcho James Edmunds who is making the fair possible with the help of General Manager Todd Moser.
This dynamic duo has teamed up and has brought Halifax County what promises to be a spectacular week of special shows, entertainment, rides, good food and much more.
So what are you waiting for, grab a jacket and head on out to the 107th annual Halifax County Fair this week because you don’t want to miss something that has lasted for more than a century and only happens once a year here.
The Halifax County Fairgrounds are located behind the South Boston Speedway at 1188 James D. Hagood Highway (U.S. 360) in South Boston.
For more information on the 107th annual Halifax County Fair, visit http://www.halifaxcountyfair.com.
by Paula Bryant, The Gazette-Virginian