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Florence causes fair to delay opening until Wednesday

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A decorated pumpkin entered for judging in the 2018 Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair.

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The Daily Reflector

Monday, September 17, 2018

The opening of the county fair has been delayed a day to Hurricane Florence.

The 99th annual Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair will be open Wednesday through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 3910 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway.

Fair Manager Kenneth Ross said Powers Midway was delayed in arriving to Greenville due to winds and rain from Hurricane Florence. The company had been at a fair in Concord last week.

“They were late getting out of there,” Ross said. “The roads, a lot of them flooded between here and there, and they had to detour everywhere.”

The fair's opening ceremony has been delayed until 5 p.m. Wednesday. The annual cake auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday will be senior citizens day at the fair, with free admission for ages 55 and older from 1-6 p.m.

“The rest of the week everything will be like it was scheduled,” Ross said. “The only thing we've done is lost one day.”

Ross said the fairgrounds have not flooded, though there is about a half-inch of standing water in a few low-lying areas.

“(The condition of the fairground) is normal for the amount of rain,” Ross said. “But this is sandy land, and in a day or two you won't know that it's rained out here.”

Fair hours are 4-10:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1-11:45 p.m. Saturday and 1-7:45 p.m. Sunday.

General daily admission is $6, free for ages 4 and younger. Wristbands (for unlimited rides) are $20 each. Parking is free. Visit pittfair.org or call 756-6916.

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