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Big top tents, exhibits and carnival rides were all part of this year’s Avery A&H Fair at Heritage
Park last week in Newland. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-09-18 15:25:10
Last modified: 2013-09-18 15:26:19

More than fair turnout

Jamie Shell / (

For the first time in five years, the story of the county fair was not the weather.

After suffering through difficult weather weeks that have hampered recent fair weeks, the 2013 Avery A&H Fair at Heritage Park in Newland was blessed with fair weather, particularly on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, the two busiest days of the five-day extravaganza.

“Overall, I think this is a very successful fair this year,” Avery A&H Fair Board President Jerry Moody said during cleanup at Heritage Park on Monday, Sept. 16. “We had two nights where the weather negatively affected us, including a lightning storm, which was a first for us. For the most part, Friday and Saturday were really good days.”

According to Moody, it is still early to determine the total funds netted during this year’s fair, but he was confident that this year’s event will reap a positive outcome.

“We’re still working on financials to see where we stand, but from all indications it’s going to be a decent year. We hopefully should be able to pay all our bills,” Moody added. “It wasn’t one of our record-breaking years, but it was a good year. Sure, we’d loved to have had five days with no rain, but still having three days of no rain is better than what we’ve had in the previous four years, so we’re happy with what has happened and look forward to next year. I think from an educational value perspective, the fair was very successful, and from a financial perspective, we were moderately successful as well.”

Moody estimated that between 4,200 and 4,500 people attended last week’s Avery A&H Fair, a higher percentage of community residents supporting a local fair than average.

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