10FairEach year, people living on Fort Bragg and in the surrounding communities wait for the announcement of the Fort Bragg Fair. This year, the fair runs May 1-12. There are games, amusement rides for all ages, food vendors and entertainment. The best part about this midway is that the rides and entertainment are all included in one admission price, and parking is free.

Although the fair is a Fort Bragg event, the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds are open to the public via easy access off Bragg Boulevard. The installation also provides free Americans with Disabilities Act parking for persons with disabilities, which is accessible from Bragg Boulevard through Howell Street.

Fort Bragg Morale, Welfare, and Recreation has quite the entertainment lineup for carnival goers of every age and background. Children can enjoy a live appearance by a Sesame Street favorite: Cookie Monster will appear live May 2 at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Various music performers will appear onstage, covering music genres from country to rock and everything in between.

Bands or performers are scheduled May 2-5 and May 9-12. Weeknight performances start at 5:30 p.m. Weekend performances begin at 3:30 p.m. Performers for this year include Corey Lutchen, the Mango Band, The Fifth, the Island Time Band, Steel Country Express, and the Phaze Band. Also performing is a local Fayetteville band, Rivermist, voted Best Local Band by Up & Coming Weekly for 2017 and 2018.

“Like always, we’ve got a variety of rides for all ages, (and) food, games and prices providing a fun and safe environment right here on Fort Bragg for our soldiers and their families,” said Keagan McDonald, Fort Bragg MWR event lead.

Admission varies by day, age and a couple other categories, but each admission includes unlimited rides and the prospect of enjoying the live music and other scheduled entertainment. Children shorter than 36 inches are free when entering with their group.

Fort Bragg MWR also hosts customer appreciation days each Monday through Friday of the fair from 5-7 p.m. Admission is $9. Or, come celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, when all mothers are admitted for free when they are accompanied by a paying child who is 36 inches or taller, up to age 17.

Fort Bragg Fairgrounds is located at Howell Street and Bragg Boulevard. For more information, call 910-396-9126 or search “fair” on the MWR website: https://bragg.armymwr.com.

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