Fair and football

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.

Game night

Central Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant on YouTube Live Also on radio WEGO 98.3 FM, 1410 AM, Memories983.com

Monroe at Jay M. Robinson on NFHS Network

Sun Valley at Concord on NFHS Network

Northwest Cabarrus at Jesse Carson

Cox Mill at West Rowan on WSAT 103.3 FM, 1280 AM, Memories1033.com

Cabarrus Warriors at Christ School

The Independent Tribune has previews of each of these games.

Fast Facts on the Fair

A blue ribbon winning watermelon from the 2018 Cabarrus County Fair.

Cabarrus County Fair Facts

Dates: September 6 to 14, 2019

Location: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center (4751 NC-49, Concord)

2019 Fair hours: Weekdays, 4 to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.

2019 Fair Theme: Fairly Extraordinary (logo available upon request)

Fair website: www.cabarruscountyfair.com

Fair Facebook: www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair

Fair Twitter: @cabarrusfair

2019 Gate specials (rides not included):

         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

$20 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 Night
$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 ticket information: 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).

Shuttle service: Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle van service for the satellite lots on the weekends. CCTS vans run the following hours:

Saturday, September 7, noon to midnight

Sunday, September 8, noon to midnight

Friday, September 13, 6 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, 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.

See www.cabarruscountyfair.com for entertainment details, which are subject to change.

Country 103.7 Outside Stage performances:

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 8:30 p.m.

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 9 p.m.

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 Agricultural Fairs. For more information visit www.cabarruscountyfair.com or follow www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair.

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