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August 29, 2013

Spartansburg ready for 92nd annual fair

SPARTANSBURG — Board members for the 92nd annual Spartansburg Fair are excited to see people pour into the fairgrounds for this year’s new attractions as well as traditional crowd favorites.

The fair will run from Sunday to Sept. 7 at the fairgrounds by Jefferson Street in Spartansburg.

Northwest Truck & Tractor Pullers will bring a truck pull to the fair, a brand new event scheduled just months ago, according to Roger Stranahan, fair secretary.

“We’re pretty optimistic about it; hoping for a lot of entries,” he said. “We scheduled it for Wednesday.”

As a result, the horse pull was moved to Monday, giving the fair an early start for popular events, including the presentation and crowning of the 2013 Spartansburg Fair Queen and Princess that evening.

“That’s a big event,” Stranahan said. “We won’t even schedule any entertainment that night because it’s so well-attended. A lot of people will enjoy that day.”

Live music will instead run from Tuesday to Saturday, featuring bands like The Earthquakers, Leather & Lace and the Dixie Doodlers, all new to the Spartansburg Fair.

Returning bands Dottie Morgan & Revolving Door and Loose Change are set to finish off fair week with performances on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

“We think they will be eye-openers,” Stranahan said of the first-time fair acts. “We’ve had the last two bands before. They were well-received and we’re glad to have them back.”

Whether local families and visitors are coming for exhibits or entertainment, fair officers say the event is simply “tremendous.”

“It’s a lot of fun, said Ron Reed of the parade committee. “We hope it’s big success and I think it will be.”

Reed has spent 15 years working with an all-volunteer fair staff he calls “a bunch of super people to work with. We all get along and enjoy ourselves.”

That even goes for John Hajec, the fair’s new president, who plans to upgrade sections of the fairgrounds.

“We’ve already made several improvements,” he said. “We replaced the cattle barn roof and laid some cement. We plan to continue doing new projects next year.”

Hajec agreed his fellow board members make a cooperative crew and hopes their efforts will be recognized by fair attendees.

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