The Spartansburg Community Fair has provided family fun for residents and visitors alike since 1921, and this year will be no different.
The 98th annual Spartansburg Community Fair will kick off on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, and continue through Saturday, Sept. 7, at the fairgrounds located at 231 Jefferson St., Spartansburg.
Fair goers can expect a smoother ride to the main entrance of the fairgrounds this year since Jefferson Street was recently repaved by IA Construction Corp.
The Spartansburg Community Fair board of directors is looking forward to this year's fair and members said they are excited to see former residents come back into town for the weeklong event.
"It's like a big family reunion," said Margie Martin, vice president of the board. "A lot of people who grew up here will come back for vacation just to come to the fair. In fact, my own son is doing that."
The daily gate fee is $4 per person and the weekly gate fee is $9 per person for attendees ages 13 and older. There's no gate fee for children ages 12 and younger.
Ride-A-Rama tickets for midway attractions can be purchased daily at the fair.
On Monday and Saturday, Ride-A-Ramas can be purchased for $20, which allows riders to enjoy the attractions from 1 p.m. until closing. Ride-A-Ramas will be available for $15 after 6 p.m. those days.
Ride-A-Ramas will be sold for $12 Tuesday through Friday after 6 p.m.
The fair's schedule of events is very similar to those in past years (See P. 3 for a complete schedule of fair events) but Martin said there have been a few improvements made to the horse arena on the fairgrounds.
"We did do some improvements this year at the horse arena, putting new lighting up there, and they put in a new announcer stand," Martin said. "We put in some different bleachers at the horse arena, and instead of gravel and mud underneath the bleachers, we cemented it and drained it so it should be much nicer for people."
Fun at the fair will begin on Monday starting with an ATV rodeo at 9 a.m., followed by a horse pull at 11 a.m. and a senior bake sale at 1 p.m.
The annual Spartansburg Fair 5K Race will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday. Registration Is $15 per participant. Awards will be given to the top three overall finishers as well as the top three males and females in numerous age groups.
Monday's schedule continues with a children's bike giveaway at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation of this year's pageant contestants and the crowning of the 2019 Spartansburg Community Fair Queen, Junior Miss and Princess at 8 p.m.
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, there will be a football throw contest for all ages at and horse exhibitors will be competing in versatility and draft horse hitch classes. There will also be lawn and garden tractor pulls beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The fair will feature truck pulls on Wednesday evening starting at 7 p.m. Admission to the truck pull event is $5 per person in addition to gate fees.
Thursday is senior citizen/veteran recognition day, allowing people ages 62 and older to get into the fairgrounds for free until 5 p.m. Veterans and active military members will be admitted for free all day with a valid veteran or military ID.
Special games and activities for senior citizens will be held beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be a Senior King and Queen contest at 11:30 a.m. An antique tractor pull contest will take place at 7 p.m. and the band Refuge will play on the main stage at 7:30 p.m.
Fair goers can enjoy watching a woodsman contest at 6 p.m. on Friday and an antique tractor pull at 7 p.m. A performance by the band Concord Station will then happen on the main stage at 8 p.m.
The annual Spartansburg Community Fair parade will fill the borough's streets beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The parade route starts at the corner of Spring and Main streets, proceeds west on Main Street to Jefferson Street and then heads south on Jefferson Street to the fairgrounds.
Helicopter rides will be given on Saturday, weather permitting, from noon to 5 p.m. for $40 per person at the outer field and there will be an ox roast at noon.
Irish dance group RINCE NA TIARNA will perform at 1 p.m. on the main stage and cow patty bingo will be played at the arena at 2 p.m.
A kids' power wheels derby will be held at 5 p.m. followed by a demolition derby at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 for grandstand seating, $7 for trackside seats and $10 for a pit pass.
The band Radioactive will play on the main stage at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. A pie-eating contest will take place in between the band's sets for anyone 18 years or older who registers for the competition on Tuesday or Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Home Show building No. 2.
As always, the Spartansburg Community Fair will conclude with grand finale fireworks at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Throughout the week, there will be games and competitions for kids, including an obstacle course at the stage area on Monday at 11 a.m., a big wheel race at Home Show building No. 1 on Monday at 4 p.m., frisbee golf at the ballfield on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and a children's tractor pull at the ballfield on Thursday at 6 p.m.
For more information about the fair, visit www.spartansburgcommunityfair.com or search for "Spartansburg Community Fair" on Facebook.