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Cleveland County Fair opens today

The 84th Cleveland County Fair, one of the oldest and largest county fairs in North Carolina, opens today and runs through Oct. 4 in Shelby.

Events include the Star Family Circus, Demolition Derby, the Southern Tractor Pull, and Mountain Dan Chainshaw Artist. Artists on the performing arts stage will include pianist Leon Jacobs Jr., beach music band Ocean Boulevard and comic Gary Claxton.

The fair includes 6,000 exhibits, 2,000 exhibitors, horticulture, livestock, history, arts, crafts and the Reithoffer Carnival Midway.

The fair is at 1751 E. Marion St. (U.S. 74 Business). For information call 704-487-0651 or go to