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Marilyn McCluster, Manager, South Central Fair

 
 
 
Well another year has passed, the mornings have grown crisp, flowers are fading, the leaves are turning, and children are back in school. Know what that means? IT'S FAIR TIME!! The Board of Directors, Allen Sherman Fair President and I are working hard to organize a special week for the South Central Fairs 100th Anniversary. One Hundred years of Family Fun! We have come a long way since those few farmers got together and started to brag about their crops and livestock. We've added a Beauty Pageant, Midway rides, Carnival Shows, Food Vendors, Grandstand Shows and a Demolition Derby and that's just a few of the changes. I bet those few farmers would be pulling on their beards and saying, "Well, be." This is a special year and while continuing with our traditional fair week, we are planning many special events for the week. Our week begins on Sunday, October 10, 2010 with the Autumn Jubilee at 2:00 PM on Main Street in Chase City. Come and visit the many food vendors, arts and craft people, participate in the "Corn Hole Game", listen to local musical talent and visit the South Central Fair tent for a display of fair history and information as well as receive a small token of our appreciation for your continued support.

    At 6:00 PM we will reinstate one of the old traditions of the fair with a parade down Main Street ending with special events at the Fairgrounds and a ribbon cutting to open the gates. October 12, 2010, beautiful young ladies will once again grace the stage in our Miss South Central Fair Pageant and we will be closing our first night with the age old tradition of fireworks at 11:00 PM. Wednesday night, October 13th, we are proud to welcome Percy Sledge to our stage. Everyone will remember his great hit "When A Man Loves A Women" and the many other songs of his illustrious career. Thursday night, October 14th, will bring back all time favorite "Roy-C". Roy has never failed to pack our grandstand, with his fans leaving after the last song wishing for more.

      Friday and Saturday, October 15th & 16th, will once again bring out our local daredevils in the "Demolition Derby". This is the high light of our week every year as local drivers compete against each other to see who will have the last car running. Last year’s winners have to be quick, as they become the prime targets for this year's competition. Jenna DeSantis proved last year that this is not an all male sport winning her heat and moving up to the finale. It would be fun to see more ladies participate, so we could have a "Powder-Puff Derby". For information on the derby contact Frank Roberts at 1-888-361-5767 or call old-timer Paul Jackson @ 434-372-3313.

      The ground show for the week will be, The Great Little Bear Show. Owner and Trainer, Jeanette Rix, promises a show that is entertaining as well as educational for our children and the young at heart.

      Cole Amusements will once again provide the midway for our special week. R.C. and Betsy Cole have done a tremendous job providing rides, games and food vendors for us. Each year they bring something new and exciting to the midway for our young people to enjoy. I'm sure there will be a few surprises for this year. (www.colearnusements.com) we hope to have a display of antique farm equipment and a display of Fair memorabilia from the past 100 years. We already have a display of all the old fair books dating back to 1948. We have a display of newspaper articles and ads dating back to 1911.

      Anyone having anything related to past fairs that they would be willing let the Fair Association display, please contact me at 434-372-2642 or 434-917-1116. As always any suggestions or help to improve the fair will be appreciated. The South Central Fair Board of Directors is C.L. Garner, Paul Jackson, Blaine Lenhart, Tyler Ashworth, James Puryear, Dean McCluster, Tracey Inge, Wallace Boyter, Timmy Wilson, Billy Averette, Wayne Crump, Shirley Bigger and Allen Sherman