Columbus Co. Agriculture Fair begins despite Florence, upcoming storm

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Despite the damage and impact Hurricane Florence left behind, the Columbus County Agriculture Fair opened Tuesday.

The event has been happening for more than 30 years.

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Rides and stands are ready for the public to help get their minds off the recent hurricane. But with another storm on the way, staff is taking precautions in case rain and wind come in.

“We’re making sure everybody is getting set down and tied down and some of them take them down after they close down tonight or whatever,” Fair President Danny Benton said. “And the carnival, they’re taking the steps to getting all of their rides and stuff set up or taken down if they have to take them down because of the wind.”

Benton says that the role of the fair is the same as when Matthew hit in 2016. It’s to bring smiles to everyone’s face and help them relax.

Gates opened at 5 p.m. Tuesday and the fair will be in town at the Columbus County Fairgrounds through 10 p.m. Sunday.

More details about the fair.