Cooling temperatures, changing leaves and Friday night football means it’s that time of year again – times for the Stokes County Fair.
The fair, celebrating its 67th year, will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and promises to bring tons of great entertainment, rides, games, and local produce and crafts to King.
“We’ve lowered the price this year and we’re excited to have the Ferris wheel back,” said Fair Manager Don Adams. “I think people are going to enjoy it.”
The fair will again provide different entertainment on each day.
On Tuesday, BOLT from the Winston-Salem DASH baseball team, will be greeting fairgoers at the gate. Pack your cars, up to six people, and pay only $35 for unlimited rides on opening night.
The annual cake auction will be held at 7 p.m. in front of the American Legion building, and local bakers can auction their creations.
“Some cakes sell for a lot,” said Fair Secretary Joyce Wall. “Whatever they sell for, all of the money goes to that person who baked the cake.”
Tuesday will also feature entertainment on the main stage by Magnum Country from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Market Lamb show begins at 5 p.m. and Gethsemene Band performs at 7 p.m.
Thursday focuses on horses, with the annual Parade of Breeds in the FFA barn beginning at 7 p.m. The evening entertainment will be Driftwood.
On Friday, the fair will sponsor its annual Senior Citizen’s Day at Recreation Acres Senior Center coupled with free admission to the fair for seniors 65 and older.
Friday evening fair goers will enjoy the sounds of Mountain Road on the main stage at 7 p.m.
Saturday marks the annual Smitty’s Apples of Pfafftown fried pie contest providing some of the fair’s highest prizes with first place earning $300, second $100, third place $75 and fourth place $25. Pre-entry is not required. Participants must bring their eight fried pies to the American Legion building between 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Exhibitor must be present to win and judging takes place promptly at 4 p.m. Judging is based on crust, filling, and appearance.
South Stokes band will be performing at 4 p.m. and Gethsemane will take the main stage at 7 p.m.
Another popular addition from last year, Old McNally’s Pig Racing, returns to the fair with shows every evening. Other favorites include camel and pony rides, Bingo, a mechanical bull and of course the midway filled with games, rides and traditional fair food.
General admission for adults (includes unlimited rides) Tuesday through Saturday is $12. General admission without rides is $6. Senior Citizens 65 and older $2 (Friday is Senior Citizen Day and entry is free). Students (through high school) unlimited rides $10, Kiddie Rides $8. Parking $2 (Collected by and contributed to King Fire Dept.)
Exhibits will be accepted Monday, Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Exhibits will need to be claimed Sunday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.