EDITORIAL: Lee Regional Fair is the county’s very best party

Sep. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The 76th edition of the Lee Regional Fair kicked off to much fanfare on Tuesday, providing another rousing start to Lee County’s best and most festive week-long party.

The notion of a quaint county fair, with rides and flashing lights, the hum of music and the happy screams of youngsters on rides, and the wonderfully mixed smells of cotton candy and other items of sugary goodness, is alive and well at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. But what the members of the Sanford Lions Club have done with the fair over the last few years has elevated our collective experience of what a county fair is all about, and thus our expectations.

Make no mistake: this year’s event promises to be better than ever, and set a new standard for what’s to be considered an award-winning event.

The traditional fare attractions — rides, good, bake-offs, tobacco looping, beauty contest, livestock showings and truck and tractor competitions, one-of-a-kind displays and a demolition derby — are augmented once again with unique special attractions and appearances. This year’s agenda includes visits from “Big Juicy” of the reality television show “Lizard Lick Towing,” cheerleading and dance team exhibitions by students from UNC-Chapel Hill, a hypnotist, wonderful local musical talent, chain saw carving and much more.

Check The Herald’s special Lee Regional Fair section, our own award-winning Lee Regional Fair blog (http://blogthefair.wordpress.com/) and the Lions Club’s website (http://sanfordlionsclub.com) for updates and schedules, and make plans to attend.