HAMLET — Richmond County residents have a few days left to decide if they want to enter their potential prize-winning pickles, pastries or poultry in the county fair.
The annual event, now in its 64th year, is put on by the Hamlet Lions Club and serves as the main fundraiser for the organization that assists the visually impaired.
The Hamlet Lions Club will be accepting entries from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 and must be picked up between 1 and 5 p.m. on Sept. 17.
Livestock exhibition categories include cattle, equine, goats, sheep, rabbits and a variety of birds. The fair is not accepting swine due to public health concerns, according to documents.
Documents detailing craft and crop entries for youth and adults are available on the Facebook page: Richmond County Agricultural Fair 2023/Hamlet Lion’s Club.
The fair will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 with students and seniors getting free admission until 9 p.m. General admission is $5. Ride tickets are $1 each or a wristband can be purchased for $25. Each ride is three to five tickets, according to a poster for the event.
The club also hosted a spring carnival at the fairgrounds in May.
Proceeds from the fair allow the Lions Club to provide vision screenings in the community, as well as transportation for the visually impaired to Camp Dogwood and the annual VIP Fishing Tournament.