The Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair is so much more than just the rides and food.
It is also a time of viewing vintage farm equipment that is on display under the white tent. On Sunday, the weather was picture perfect for gazing at farm equipment that stood the test of time.
The exhibit showcases equipment that farmers used on their farms during the early 1900s and beyond. It was a time to view the tools that were also used to plow farmland across the state.
The Eastern Carolina Vintage Farm Equipment Club showcases its vintage farm equipment each year during the fair. The exhibit draws both the old and young and often serves as an educational opportunity for younger generations, say club members.
The members of the club are interested in preserving agricultural heritage by restoring vintage farm equipment. Throughout the year, the club travels to many different venues around the state. The group also showcases equipment that reflects the state’s rich history of farming, which has been a major driver in the North Carolina economy.
The exhibit will be on display each opening day of the fair, which continues through Saturday at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on U.S. 117 South. Gates open daily at 4 p.m. and at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Powers Great American Midway opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturday.
Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $4 for ages 5 to 12 and free for children age 4 and younger.
Ride wristbands are $25 Monday through Friday and $30 on Saturday. Once a wristband is purchased, the wearer can enjoy rides all day long. The wristbands do not include the price of admission.
The 70th annual edition of the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair offers a variety of activities and events for the entire family.
Today is senior citizens day, which offers free admission to anyone age 60 and older. There is a pie baking contest at noon, a livestock skillathon at 4:30 p.m., spelling bee at 6 p.m. and entertainment throughout the evening.
Some of the other fair highlights are the cheerleading show and talent contests for elementary school children on Wednesday; the horse show and talent contests for middle school and high school students on Thursday; the science competition is Friday; and Saturday rounds up the special events with the popular ugly pickup truck contest and the demolition derby.
The winners of Friday, Saturday and Sunday competitions are:
Open Junior Meat Goat Show
• Grand Champion, Jacob Hinson, Princeton.
• Reserve Grand Champion, Reagan Glass, Belhaven.
• Age 5-8, Kennedy Lee, Smithfield.
• Age 9-13, Sarah Glass, Belhaven.
• Age 14-19, Jacob Hinson, Princeton.
Queen of the Fair Pageant
• Queen, Mackenzie Haswell, Rosewood High School.
• First runner-up, Mackenzie Hinson, Brook’s Academy.
• Second runner-up, Grace Webster, Rosewood High School.
• Third runner-up, Isabelle Richards, Eastern Wayne High School.
• Miss Congeniality, Grace Bailey, Wayne Christian.
• Nicole Painter Talent Award, Mackenzie Haswell, Rosewood High School.
Outdoor Landscape Design Booth, Eastern Wayne High School.
Open Junior Market Lamb Show
• Grand Champion, Hailee Whitehurst, Hobgood.
• Reserve Champion, Zade Jennings, Lucama.
• Ages 5-8, Mackenzie Cox, Richlands.
• Ages 9-13, Ellie Elmore.
• Ages 14-19, Hailee Whitehurst, Hobgood.
Family and Consumer Science Booth, Wayne County Solid Waste
Beef Heifer Show
• Grand Champion, Taylor Glover, Pikeville.
• Reserve Champion, Schyler Crocker, Selma.
• Ages 9-11, Ava Wood, Willow Springs.
• Ages 12-14, Schyler Crocker, Selma.
• Ages 15-19, Kadence Overby, Selma.