It’s Fair Time!

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It’s that time of year again. The time when the smell of cotton candy invades the air, cattle and sheep can be heard, and the thrills and screams from the midway surround you. Yes, it’s fair time! The theme for 2016 is “Caldwell County – Nurturing Kids and Families”.

The Caldwell County Agricultural Fair has a long history. It started in 1946 and has always been a place for the community to see livestock competitions, arts and crafts
exhibits, and a wealth of canned goods. Blue ribbons and the fair go hand
in hand.

This year, as in the past, 4-H will hold a youth competition. Caldwell youth are talented and will get the opportunity to showcase a variety of goods, including artwork, sewing, canned, and baked foods. There is no charge to enter items in the fair competition. The competitions are open to all youth ages 5-19. Youth do not have to be part of 4-H.

Entries will be taken on Monday, September 19th from 8am until noon and again from 3 – 7pm. Exhibits should be picked up, along with premiums, on Sunday, September 25th from 1-5pm. The Caldwell Agricultural Fair opens to the public on Tuesday, September 20th.

In addition to the youth entries, there are a variety of other attractions and competitions. The Pet Show will be held on Friday at 6:30pm and the Junior Beef Heifer Show and the Miss Teen Caldwell Fair Pageant are both on Saturday. There will also be a Poultry & Rabbit exhibition going on all week.

large picture of pumpkin.

The largest pumpkin contest is always exciting at the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair. Last year’s winner was Eli Lewis with a monster pumpkin. (Picture by Seth Nagy).

There will be lots of other stuff to look at as well, like ducks, cows, goats, and pigs. Not to mention the food provided by local civic organizations.

Caldwell County beekeepers will have an award winning educational display. The display will be staffed with county beekeepers so you can ask questions. There will also be a live demonstration hive where visitors can see the bees work behind plexiglass. New for this year will be an expanded display of equipment. This equipment display includes antique tractors (including steam powered tractors), forestry equipment, as well as military equipment too. There will be great stuff to see.

Come out and enjoy some good food and if you are brave, take in a ride. You will have an experience you will not soon forget. This year make a memory at the Caldwell Agricultural Fair.

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Photo of Seth NagySeth NagyCounty Extension Director (828) 757-1290 seth_nagy@ncsu.eduCaldwell County, North Carolina
Updated on Sep 12, 2016
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