The Onslow County Fair is set to return to Jacksonville.
The fair, scheduled for Oct. 3-8, has events scheduled each night from a beauty pageant to live music to fireworks — along with amusement rides and the midway — on the grounds of the American Legion, 146 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.
Jerry Griffin, who helps put the fair together every year, said this year will be the event’s 62nd.
His favorite part is “watching the kids come out here and enjoy themselves” — seeing them learn.
“A lot of kids have never been to a fair,” he said. “They’ve been to amusement parks and stuff, but they’ve never seen an actual fair with the agricultural part.”
The agricultural, craft and homemaking displays and entries will be set up within the American Legion building.
The Onslow County Fair has changed since its opening, Griffin said.
“It went from agricultural to more crafts and stuff like that, but as far as rides and everything, rides have improved over past years and entertainment is better than in years past,” he said.
In addition to live entertainment every night, this year’s fair will have an aerialist performing, as well as a wood carver every day, as opposed to the one day the carver was at the fair last year. Another change from 2015 is that this fair will not feature a circus.
The fair will open on Monday at 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday at 4 p.m., and on Saturday at noon. The fair will close at 11 p.m. each day. On Monday and Tuesday, entries for the exhibits and flower specimens will be accepted, following by the judging on Tuesday.
The cost of admission is $5 per person. Children under 4 and seniors get in free.
Unlimited rides will cost $16, while tickets to individual rides vary in cost and will be available on the midway. Military Appreciation Day on Oct. 4 and School’s Appreciation Day on Oct. 5 will feature a discount of 20 percent off the price of admission and rides.
For more information, visit OnslowCountyFair.com.