Sights and sounds of the Cabarrus County fair

Locust resident Ava Yandle, left, 4, waves as she rides the merry-go-round during the Cabarrus County Fair in Concord.
Locust resident Ava Yandle, left, 4, waves as she rides the merry-go-round during the Cabarrus County Fair in Concord. Marty Price

Every fall, the Cabarrus County Fair draws crowds from surrounding counties for fun and excitement.

On Sept. 12, with skies threatening rain above the the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center on N.C. 49 North in Concord, where the fair was held, many residents took advantage of the free admission to get an early look at this year’s offerings.

The fair, which draws thousands of people each year, features rides, food, livestock shows and educational exhibits. The fair, which ended Sept. 19, draws 80,000-90,000 per year, said Kate Sharpe, director of the fair.

Children hurried from ride to ride, shrieking as the rides spun, twisted and carried them through the air. Meanwhile the older set toured the exhibition halls and the livestock area. Seeing and being seen is part of the experience as the crowds walked the midway and waited in lines for the popular rides.

Charlotte resident Kenneth Steadman and his wife, Marselene Steadman, came seeking the local flavor. “The chicken kabob was really good, and it’s nice to see what Cabarrus County has to offer,” said Kenneth Steadman.

Many came to sample the food offered at the fair. From turkey legs and roasted corn on the cob to caramel apples and cotton candy, each visitor sought out their favorite tastes as the smells mixed and wafted over them.

The Robinson racing pigs were squealing as they ran and dove into the pool of water, swimming for the crowds and competing for the prize – pieces of Oreo strewn about the finish line.

But for some, a trip to the fair wouldn’t be complete without milking a cow. Charlotte resident Yasmin Mayfield, 10, was doing just that, getting a good steady stream.

“It was really fun, and you should try it, “ said Yasmin.

Marty Price is a freelance writer:

Want to go?

The Cabarrus County Fair is held at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, at 4751 N.C. 49 North in Concord. The Fair will be open 4-11 p.m. through Sept. 18 and 1-11 p.m. Sept. 19. Parking is free, and the admission is $7 for children ages 12 and older; $5 for persons with a military ID or seniors older than 65; $3 for children ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and younger.

Ride tickets pricing: $5 for four tickets; $20 for 22 tickets and $20 for unlimited ride wrist bands. Most rides take three to five tickets. The Vortex ride requires eight tickets, three tickets are required in addition to the unlimited ride wrist bands for this ride.

Plan ahead because all transactions are cash only, but there are ATMs on site.

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