Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker
A big dose of local entertainment, including the second edition of “Rocky Mount’s Got Talent,” will greet fairgoers at the 74th edition of the Rocky Mount Fair, which opens at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the fairgrounds, located off U.S. 64 Bypass-Exit 472 on Old U.S. 64.
The fair, which will feature rides and amusements from Playworld Amusements of Alma, Mich., will run through Saturday.
There will be three main competitions at the fair this year, including the talent show.
“Rocky Mount’s Got Talent” will open on Tuesday and continue through Saturday with the winners announced Saturday night. On Wednesday, a Fall-Fest Cheer Competition will be held from 5-7 p.m. and the Fair Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, when a total of 11 winners will be announced — nine queens and two majestic titles.
In addition to two rmidway rides new to Rocky Mount — including the G-Force — helicopter rides, a petting zoo, and racing pigs will be among the featured attractions.
Newly appointed general manager Hubert Bullard said, “We want to provide a great family event and a real entertainment value for the people of this area.” Bullard has been involved as a fair volunteer and professional fair manager for more than 35 years. He is a Certified Fair Executive by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) and he has received the American Heritage Award from the IAFE, the Holmes/McBride Award from the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Jim Hunt. Bullard is currently the manager of the Cumberland County Fair and eight other festivals throughout North and South Carolina.
“We are pleased to bring Hubert on board as part of our team and are proud to have him working to make the Rocky Mount Fair one of the best,” said Board Chairman Norman Chambliss.
The Rocky Mount Fair is certified by the Department of Agriculture.