Pitt County Fair reopens Thursday for 97th year with food, fun

Pitt County Fair kicks off 97th year with food, games, and fun

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County Fair  reopened Thursday after inclement weather temporarily forced its closure.

Some rides were still in the process of drying during Thursday’s special needs visit. A few rides were still covered, but none had major damages.

Rides opened an hour after doors opened, just to be safe.

Pitt County fair executive Phyllis Ross said she doesn’t expect to have to close for the remainder of the fair.

“It’s one of those things you kind of play by ear,” Ross said. “We can’t control the weather, as you know. We are hoping for the best. Just be very careful and cautious of your surroundings.”

The fair will open at a regular time Friday and through the weekend.

The Pitt County Fair kicked off its six-day run Tuesday with opening ceremonies at the Pitt County Fairgrounds.

The fair is celebrating its 97th year.

Those attending can expect four new rides on the midway this year and a first ever karaoke contest coming up Thursday night.

It’s just a small sampling of the entertainment, food, and games at this year’s fair.

Rain fell on and off all day on Tuesday, but fair organizers aren’t worried about it. In fact, they said they’ve only had to close the fair due to rain once or twice in the past 14 years.

The midway may be at the mercy of the weather, but there is plenty to enjoy even with the rain.

The livestock exhibit is one of several to come and see and a great way to stay dry when the rain does fall.

Pitt County livestock extension agent Andy Burlingham said getting set up with all of the rain was not easy, “It’s making things a little muddy and a little wet getting animals moved in and out today. We do have a heifer show scheduled for this evening which could be a little bit wet getting in and out of the show ring but things will progress on.”

Everybody is set to march on even if the rain does fall.

In addition to livestock, there are exhibits on food, crops, and art, all of them indoors and out of the rain.

Rain did slow down vendors a little as they were getting ready for the fair opening earlier in the day.

Fair organizers said that most rides and games will go on in a light rain, but a heavy downpour could temporarily shut down the midway.

Food vendors said they’re ready. One 9 On Your Side talked with is doing something a little extra to combat the wet weather.

“We run rain or shine. Always have,” said Sue Hudgell, Millie’s Original Southern Concessions. “We do a lot of takeout orders. We put it in plastic bags and they carry it home with them.”

The fair run until 10:45 Tuesday night and opens back up at 3 Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the midway, there are plenty of exhibits to explore and lots of great entertainment scheduled for the next several days.

The Pitt County Fair will be up and running through Sunday. So forget about the rain and make sure you head out and have some fun!

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