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Fair went well despite hurricane challeges

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People walk around Pitt County Fair on Sept. 21, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Despite a late start and storm damage from Hurricane Florence that kept some people from surrounding counties away, organizers of the 99th annual Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair are calling this year’s event a success.

There were 29,248 admissions during this year’s abbreviated event, which started a day late after Hurricane Florence created travel problems for Powers Great American Midways.

“With the storm and all, and a lot of folks in surrounding counties couldn’t get in, (attendance) was down about 8,000 or 9,000 last year. And starting a day late, we expected that,” said Kenneth Ross, fair manager. “We feel good about it. We were well pleased with the turnout with the conditions like they were.”

There were 1,688 exhibits entered for judging in multiple categories, Ross said. The items were brought in by 1,154 exhibitors. This is about the average turnout for the exhibits.

While attendance was lower than previous years, Ross said he thinks the fair is all right financially and believes there will be a profit.

Profits from the fair are used to produced the following year’s event. With 2019 marking the fair’s centennial, Ross said planning will begin next week.

“I’m looking forward to making it a grand fair that people will remember,” Ross said.

“We’ll be contacting folks from all over the United States for entertainment and stuff like that,” he said. “We’ll set a theme and do everything we can to bring in people who will (reflect) that theme.

“We’ll have nine months to get everything together,” Ross said.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.

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