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Fair opens Tuesday

The Five County Fair will open Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 30, at 209 Fairgrounds Road in Farmville.

Fair General Manager Auburn Estes said a bicycle would be raffled off each evening of the fair, a result of donations from Walmart.

He said this year’s fair will include rides such as The Himalaya, The Super Shot and The Cliffhanger.

Tuesday at 4 p.m. will begin fair admission.

“This is all subject to change, but as of right now, those three major rides will be here,” Estes said. “If something happens in between, I’m not certain, but that’s our plan to have those rides.”

Estes said as far as the fair’s events go, they’ll basically be the same as what’s been offered in previous years.

“We have updated our website, and we’re very proud of what we have … Information that you need is on the website: www.fivecountyfair.com,” Estes said. “That is one thing that we are very pleased (with).”

According to the fair handbook, students with fair tickets get in free until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Home-school students can get their school tickets at the admission gate. All college students will receive free admission Thursday with a college ID and senior citizens age 60 and above will see $2 admission Friday, Sept. 29.

On Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 29, adults will be admitted to the fair for $7 and children ages 6-11 will be admitted for $3. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free. On Saturday, Sept. 30, adults will be admitted for $8 and children ages 6-11 will be admitted for $3 while children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free.

The Youth Beef Show will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Varner Building, and the Youth Sheep and Goat Show will follow.

Petite, Little and Jr. Miss pageants will be held at 7 p.m. in the Varner Building on Tuesday.

The Teen and Miss Five County Fair pageants will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Varner Building. Midway will open 4 p.m. that day.

The Dairy Show will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Varner Building

The Country Music Showdown will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Varner Building. Professional wrestling will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The midway will open at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29, and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The fair’s website includes information regarding rides, entry to competitions, ticket prices and ways to contact fair staff.

“I hope we will have a very successful year if the hurricane will behave itself,” Estes said.

Estes said while he feels the fair has enough volunteers, it doesn’t hurt to have more.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Estes at (434) 392-7002.