FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The Franklin County Agricultural Fair kicked off on Wednesday. This is the first time in nearly 40 years that the fair has taken place. Organizers said this year's event feature 26 vendors, 16 rides and other attractions.
"We didn't get a chance to take a long trip this summer so I promised my daughter we'd come down and have fun" said Lavina Taylor, fairgoer.
This is the first time in nearly 40 years that the area held an event of this kind. After three years of trying, tourism officials gained the support needed to bring the fair back.
The Franklin County Board of supervisors voted last year to approve $33,000 for us to secure that Midway" said Tarah Holland, Franklin County Tourism Development Manager. "It's a great investment by the board and something they want to see grow in the community.
Economic development officials said several new businesses have opened in Franklin County including the Harvester Performance Center. They hope the fair helps to attract more people and attention to the area.
"We are seeing entrepreneurship go up and we are seeing existing businesses find the workers they are looking for" said Michael Burnett, Franklin County Economic Development Director. "It's just something that is going in the right direction in Franklin County."
In fact, growth in the Rocky Mount area is part of the reason owners of Kupkakery opened their new bakery.
"My wife and I have lived in Rocky Mount our entire lives" said Paul Smith, KupKakery. One way we thought we could give back to the community and provide for our family is was to open up a small business."
Fairgoers we spoke with said they hope the fair brings back fond memories of Franklin County.
The fair takes place at the Franklin County Recreation Park on Sontag Road, Rocky Mount.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for youth and kids 4 and under get in for free.
Fair hours are:
5-10pm on Wednesday and Thursday
4 to 11pm on Friday
Noon to 11pm Saturday
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