Soggy, but exciting start to fair
Excitement was building but uncooperative weather forced rides to shut down an hour early at the opening night of the Vance County Regional Fair on Wednesday.
The 96th annual county fair endured low attendance Wednesday night, but fair manager Kendra Novey is optimistic the weekend will bring warmer weather.
Novey said she prefers cold weather during the week of the fair, instead of Saturday and Sunday.
About 200 fairgoers, including 99 school children, braved the cold rain Wednesday night with boots and parkas while huddling under umbrellas between rides.
Glenda Bair came from Henderson with her two daughters, wrapped in black garbage bags, when the gates opened at 5.
But Bair said they left early when the rain picked up and the sun went down.
Bair said her daughters wanted to see the Newell Farms Moon Shadow Wolves exhibit, which is new to the fair this year. Frank Newell, who raises several wolves on his farm in Warrenton, brought one grey wolf, two artic tundra wolves and one arctic wolf.
“Our sole purpose is to educate people on the true nature of wolves,” he said.
Novey, who has managed the regional fair in Vance County since 1995, said about 15,000 attend every year.
Specials each day include Kids Day and Senior Citizens Day today, Fairtastic Friday, Super Saturday and Family Fun Day on Sunday. Gates open at 5 today and Friday, at 10 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.
Featured entertainment includes the Star Family Circus & Thrill Show and Brian Ackley and his Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Artistry.
The 4-H Junior Livestock Show begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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