Rides, games, entertainment and more at fair

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Musicians will figure prominently in the 63rd annual Chatham County Fair, which starts today at the fairgrounds in Pittsboro and continues through Saturday.

An opening ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., led by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard. Today’s schedule includes three musical acts slated to play between 7:30 p.m. and when the gates close at 10 p.m.

On Friday, hours are from 3-9:45 p.m. for the general public, although senior citizens are invited to come from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for special seniors-only games and entertainment, and a lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. More information on the full fair schedule can be found at www.chathamcountyncfair.com. The festivities are located at 191 Fairgrounds Road, off of U.S. 64 a few blocks east of the traffic circle and courthouse in downtown Pittsboro.

Fair organizers couldn’t be reached for comment, but Chatham County Agricultural & Industrial Fair Association President Larry Brooks posted a letter online inviting everyone to come enjoy themselves with the scavenger hunt, bingo, petting zoo and more.

“We have prepared a fun-filled three days of events for your enjoyment, with music every night, both inside and outside,” he wrote. “Come on out bring the family, smell the aroma of the food and enjoy the rides and games.”

Neha Shah, director of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the fair itself doesn’t bring in many out-of-county tourists — but it still helps tourism in the area by getting locals engaged in and aware of things they may not know about otherwise.

“It’s primarily a community event, but it is important just as far as getting people to come to the county,” Shah said. “It’s an agricultural fair as well, which is a big tie-in for us and all the agro-tourism we’re doing.”

Shah said personally, she loves the honor guard ceremony and the fact that the fair is always on the first weekend of fall, which is a great way to ring in the new season. And the fair’s longevity, she added, is a testament to how much people all around Chatham County enjoy it.

“It’s remarkable that it’s in its 63rd year,” she said. “That’s a big deal.”

For people who are going to the fair, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.