If they didn’t know better, folks driving on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway might think the 101st Annual Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair has already started.

It’s coming soon, but it hasn’t started yet.

Powers Great American Midways, the outfit that provides the fair’s rides and amusements, arrived late last week after an event elsewhere was canceled, fair manager Ken Ross said, but the fair is still set for Sept. 21-26

Crews got an early start on setting up the 35 rides, some of which make a towering impression along the highway. Ross said the state Department of Labor is set to give the equipment a thorough inspection before the gates open next week.

The pandemic forced the cancelation of the fair in 2020. Organizers this year are requiring visitors to wear masks inside exhibit halls and other buildings. The Pitt County Health Department also will be providing vaccination shots throughout the event.

Organizers continue to accept entries for a variety of livestock, food, crafting competitions. Anyone with questions about exhibit entries is asked to contact Mary-Anne Brannon at 758-8754. Questions about livestock shows should be directed to Andy Burlingham at 902-1703. All other questions contact Ken or Phyllis Ross at 758-6916.

Fair books may be picked up at the fairgrounds, 3910 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit pittfair.org.

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.