It’s a football Friday and the opening day of the Cabarrus County Fair. Tonight, Friday, Sept. 6, you can take your ticket stuff from any Cabarrus high school football game and get free admission to the fair.
· Saturday, September 7 – Opening
Celebration Free general gate admission
for all from 1 to 2 p.m.
· Sunday, September 8 – Cooperative
Christian Ministries Canned Food Drive Free general gate
admission for all from 1 to 3 p.m. with four canned food items per adult and
two canned food items per child. All food brands are accepted.
· Monday, September 9 – Discount Night
ride wristband ($5 savings); $3 general gate admission for ages 6 to 11 ($2
savings); $5 general gate admission for ages 12 and older ($3 savings).
· Tuesday, September 10 – Family Fun
$4 general gate
admission for all.
· Thursday, September 11 – Salute to
Seniors Night FREE general gate
admission for ages 55 and older from 4 to 6 p.m.
· Catch the Fair for FREE on Fridays Get FREE general gate
admission with your high school football game ticket stub on Friday, September
6 and Friday, September 13.
Onsite ticket prices: General gate
admission to the fair is $8 for ages 12 to 54; $5 for ages 55+ and those with
military ID; and $5 for ages 6 to 11. Ages 5 and younger admitted free. Parking
is free. All
transactions at the Fair are cash only. ATMs are located at the main gate and
throughout the midway, but do carry a surcharge.No re-entry, refunds,
rainchecks or exchanges.
Ride tickets are available for purchase inside the fairgrounds at Powers Midway
ticket booths. One strip of four tickets is $5 and one sheet of 22 tickets is
$20. Ride wristbands ($25) allow unlimited mechanical ride access for one day
(Air Raid not included). Children under 36 inches can ride the Merry Go Round,
Fun Slide and Kiddie Wheel for free with a paying adult (16 years and older).
County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle
van service for the satellite lots on the weekends. CCTS vans run the following hours:
September 7, noon to midnight
September 8, noon to midnight
Friday, September 13, 6 p.m. to midnight
September 14, noon to midnight
Entertainment: There’s plenty of Fair
just beyond the midway. The Cabarrus County Fair features a butterfly
encounter, petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth
and educational exhibits. New this year is the Ninja Experience, a team of
martial arts experts that wow audiences with high to flying, jaw-dropping
performances. Returning fan-favorites include live performances by Mountain
Mike chainsaw creations, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Rust and Flame Blacksmithing
and Rockstar Karaoke. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master
Gardeners and wood turners. Stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living
demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display.
Friday, September 6: 2019 Fair Pageant
7 p.m.; Live music 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 7: Live music 7:30
to 10 p.m.
Sunday, September 8: Rockstar Karaoke
4:30 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Monday, September 9: Live music 7 to
Tuesday, September 10: Cooking demo 6
p.m.; Live music 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11: Live music 7
to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 12: Live music
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Friday, September 13: Live music 7 to
Saturday, September 14: Rockstar
Karaoke 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Background: The Cabarrus County Agricultural Fair
began in 1953. The 2018 Cabarrus County Fair received 16 awards form the International Association of Agricultural Fairs
and Expos (IAFE) and three awards from the North Carolina Association of
For more information visit www.cabarruscountyfair.com or follow www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair.
This is the first of the preseason polls from Radio Free
Cabarrus/485 Sports. First up is the South Piedmont Conference, where Northwest
Cabarrus is reigning champ.
The polling among our broadcasters and reporters was very
close with the top spot split between Northwest Cabarrus and A.L. Brown but the
Trojans get the call based on points awarded (6 for first and descending to 1
for sixth place).
So if our predictions are accurate, the South Piedmont
Conference could come down to the “Battle for Kannapolis.” Circle your Friday
nights in October: Oct. 11, Central Cabarrus at A.L. Brown; Oct. 18, Northwest
Cabarrus at Central Cabarrus; and Oct. 25, A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus.
It should be fun. And of course we expect some surprises.
Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports will be broadcasting lots of games again this
year on the
NFHS Network. This year many of the school’s booster clubs will be doing
fundraisers through NFHS Network broadcasts. Contact your school’s boosters
club to find out how you can help.
Here are some of the comments from RFC broadcasters about
Three teams have a legitimate shot at winning the SPC title
this season. Northwest Cabarrus and AL Brown are my favorites but don’t
count Central Cabarrus out.
Northwest will try to prove that last season was not a fluke
and continue to look to establish itself as a top program in the always strong
conference. Another championship run this year could be the start of good
things to continue for that program.
The A.L. Brown Wonders will be looking to rebound and get
back to championship form and this could be the year. You can never count a
Mike Newsome coached team out so look for the Wonders to make some noise – they
have some payback on their mind with some county foes to regain some bragging
rights. If you own the bragging rights in the county then you own the SPC
title as well.
Central Cabarrus can make a difference in the race but they
will need more consistency to make it happen. All 3 of the top teams
cannot afford a setback at the hands of the other conference teams as Cox Mill
could be the sleeper again this year.
Concord and JM Robinson will battle it out for the bottom
two spots with the winner of that game probably avoiding the final spot in the
standings. Both teams are improved but not at the level of the other
teams in the conference.
I think A.L. Brown will be very strong this year, but Northwest
returns probably the best core of players. The Vikings will return a strong
core of players and could be better than both Northwest and AL Brown. I think
the Concord Spiders will surprise a lot of people and be tons better than last
year’s team and by end of the season could earn a playoff spot. I think the
Robinson Bulldogs will be slightly down this year but will still be a good
The Trojans have star players, Tyrese Blake and Nick
Wilds-Lawing, returning which should help keep them atop the conference. The
Vikings also have many returning players which will keep them in the running
towards the top of the conference.
Cox Mill lost a lot of strong seniors but former junior varsity players will
look to fill their shoes and should keep them in the middle of the pack.
Concord struggled mightily last season but with a strong
Junior Varsity team and more understanding of Coach Paxton’s systems should
help propel the Spiders to a better record than 1-10. A.L. Brown could be a
surprise team with returning seniors and a strong Junior Varsity team but with
the top three teams looking very strong it will be difficult to find conference
wins. Jay M. Robinson has a lot of problems to fix but they did show some
bright spots with young players making big plays throughout the season.
The Wonders likely fueled their offseason with memories of
losses to Northwest and Central Cabarrus and feel like they’re due some
payback. The new turf at Memorial Stadium should be beneficial to always
The Trojans and Vikings both return strong teams and should
make it a real battle for the top. College coaches have been very interested in
players for all three teams.
One question in my mind is whether the Vikings can avoid the
late season decline that has plagued the team for the past few years. Injuries
no doubt have played a major factor.
The Bulldogs and Chargers both have a few big holes to fill
and if they find the right pieces could content for upper half of the SPC. Can
Robinson find a consistent offense? Can the Chargers continue their outstanding
defense after major graduations along the defensive line?
The Spiders are the great unknown. Marty Paxton’s squad
showed improvement at the end of the season, but just how much progress did
they make in the off season. The SPC is a tough league to make up ground and
the Spiders could make great strides and still be in last place.
Check back next week for our Rocky River Conference
The 14th annual Cabarrus County Fair Pageant will be held on
Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at the New 103.7 Outside Stage at the Cabarrus
This is a natural, sundress pageant and four winners will be
crowned out of 1st through 12th grade girls. The four winners will receive a
crown, sash, trophy, and four fair tickets.
These new winners will also get to participate in the
Cabarrus County Fair Ribbon Cutting Ceremony the next day at 12:45 p.m.
The new Queens will make various appearances representing
their titles throughout the community and they and the runner ups will be able
to ride on the Cabarrus County Fair Float in the Concord Christmas
Parade. All contestants will receive an item of recognition.
Judging is based on the contestant’s on-stage introduction
about their community service involvement and also on their stage presence and
The deadline to enter is noon on Wednesday, Aug. 21st. For
more information and application, go to www.cabarruscountyfairpageant.weebly.com.
The pageant is directed by Susan Watkins and Adriane Watkins Miley.
RFC SPC football poll is coming
Our broadcasters have voted and we will be releasing our South Piedmont Conference preseason football poll this week. Check our where we rank your favorite SPC team.