Cumberland County Fair features fun food, thrill rides and family entertainment

A staff report

Climb up right away!

Thrill rides, carnival food, live music, agricultural displays, and livestock and cooking competitions arrive at the Crown Coliseum Complex for the Cumberland County Fair.

The fair will open on Friday and run until September 11. Big Rock Amusements will bring its 30-ride carnival to the fairgrounds.

The fair is a showcase of local agricultural history, diverse crafts and good old family fun, according to its organizers.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12. Charges apply for online ticket orders.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Cumberland County Fair.

Free admission will be offered to healthcare professionals on Friday; for school employees on September 9; and for military personnel and first responders on 9/11. An ID card is required.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Friday, and the fair will open at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the fair will open at 1 p.m.

Sunday is Faith and Family Day, sponsored by Manna Church.

The fair will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, September 6-9, and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11.

Saturday, September 10, will bring a step show and dance showcase. Sunday, September 11 is a Food Lion and PWC sponsored giving day to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina.

Live music is provided daily. The schedule includes:

  • Friday: Reflections II playing variety, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: Heaterz Blues Band, 2-5:30 p.m.; Bobby Gilstrap & Friends, playing classic rock and Southern country, 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Sunday features a series of gospel bands: Born Again Band, 2-3 p.m.; New Direction, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Dipsy D, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; and Nikki Giovanni Worship, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday: Robbie Reid Band plays blues and rock, 7-10 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Autumn Tide plays variety, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Spank plays rock and R&B, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 8: Third Crush plays southern rock and country, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday, September 9: Dalton Davis Band plays country, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday September 10: Country by Chris Nelson Band, 2-5:30 p.m.; 90s Rock by Scroggins Band, 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Sunday September 11: Gospel music by Michael Daughtry Band, 2-3 p.m.; Destiny Now, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Carolina Tradition, 5-6 p.m.; and Travelin’ Lite, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Livestock shows and competitions will feature pigs, cattle, lambs, goats and chickens. Agricultural displays will include field crops, agricultural products and agricultural equipment.

Horticultural exhibits will feature hanging baskets, potted plants, vegetables and herbs. Food contests will feature canned fruits and vegetables; jams and jellies; and baked goods.

Other categories include wine; handicrafts; quilt and crochet; and 4-H club member projects.

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