Central Carolina Fair begins Friday in Greensboro

Country group Parmalee will perform as part of the 117th annual Central Carolina Fair in Greensboro. / Photo submitted

By Caitlin Durham
Times-News correspondent

   GREENSBORO — While rides and the food are a big part of the 117th annual Central Carolina Fair, this year’s event is focusing on the music, too.
“We have expanded our concert schedule to include several nights with national recording artists, all of which will take place at White Oak Amphitheatre and are free with paid fair admission,” said Andrew Brown, public relations manager at the Greensboro Coliseum. “The concert line-up includes a little bit of everything from country to rock to pop to R&B, so no matter what type of music you like, you should be able to find a show that you would be excited to see.
Concerts include Tone Loc & John Waite at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015; Doug E. Fresh & Jagged Edge at 7 p.m. Sept. 12; Parmalee with special guests Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina & Lucy Angel at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and Night Ranger at 8 p.m. Sept. 18.
The 10-day fair will begin Friday and last through Sept. 20 at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Last year’s event brought in 42,000 fairgoers and “we are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year,” Brown said. “Weather always plays a factor, so we always have our fingers crossed hoping for nice weather, especially on the weekends, which is when we traditionally see our largest crowds.”
When it comes to the fair, “there’s just a tremendous tradition of wholesome, family entertainment that has appealed to people for generations. It’s such a thrill for kids to walk the midway, ride the Ferris Wheel and have some traditional fair food like a corn dog or cotton candy. We see a lot of the same faces every year so we feel it’s an event that creates a lot of fun-filled memories for families every year,” Brown added.
Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday (gates close at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday (gates close at 10 p.m.); 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday (gates close at 9 p.m.); 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 14-17 (gates close at 9 p.m.); 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 18 (gates close at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 19 (gates close at 10 p.m.) and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Cost is $6 for adults, free for seniors, college students and military with valid identification. Unlimited ride wristbands are $25 (individual ride tickets also are available) and $25 after 8 p.m. on each Saturday (includes admission plus unlimited ride wristband). Visit centralcarolinafair.com for more details.

 Caitlin Durham is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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