Central Carolina Fair celebrates 116 years of family fun

Commentary by Christian Hornaday
Times-News correspondent

   GREENSBORO — Last Friday marked the opening night of the Central Carolina Fair.
The familiar smells of foods filled the air as families from all social classes and backgrounds came to the fairgrounds.
With free admission, many families who otherwise may have been unable to attend the fair had the opportunity to enjoy a night of high spirits and even higher rides.
From the classic Ferris wheel to the stomach-churning Scrambler, there were rides for any level of thrill seeker. Between the rides and the stands of food you could find the infamous carnival games.
   With game operators calling affectionately from all sides, it was a challenge to stroll amongst these games without having a go at a simple ring toss or basketball shootout — after all there is apparently a winner every time.
The Amazing Dobermans provided exciting and comical fun for all ages. Fairgoers watched, captivated, while these four-legged professional showmen exhibited both an incredible level of obedience as well as a genuine adoration for their handlers.
Aside from the excitement of the fair, one could browse among contests ranging from sewing to photography. The many entries by both adults and children from across the state showcased an incredible level of talent.
The family friendly atmosphere of the Central Carolina Fair is infectious and once the night draws to a close on Sunday, excitement will only begin to build in anticipation of next year.
Free admission is offered this Friday and Sunday as well. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex parking lot, 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for seniors, college students and military with ID today, Saturday and Sunday. Ride wristbands are $25 for unlimited rides; individual tickets also available.
Visit centralcarolinafair.com for more details.

 Christian Hornaday is a freshman at Campbell University
and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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