Looking for affordable entertainment, and a wholesome way to enjoy the gorgeous weather? Then look no further than the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds. Now that spring is here it’s time for one of the community’s many rites of the season — the Fort Bragg Fair.

From April 26-May 13, come to the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds for rides, games, food, live entertainment and much, much more. Admission includes unlimited rides, of which there are many, and live music and entertainment. Of course, parking is always free.

The fair is known for its live-music showcase, and this year’s offerings have something to please everyone. There is a great mix of music artists lined up representing many genres, including rock, tropical/Caribbean, pop, salsa and country. Entertainers include The Fifth, Tsunami Wave Riders, Red Trii Band, West End Mambo Band, Fahrenheit, Ryan Daniel and Eric Smallwood. There are multiple shows scheduled each day. A full entertainment schedule can be found on the MWR website.

04-11-12-fair.jpgThis family-friendly event includes a kiddie section for young children, and children under 3 feet tall get in free. Don’t miss Sea Lion Splash, an educational show that will appeal to all ages. You will be greeted by friendly sea lions that are full of personality and are ready to entertain and educate.

To keep things safe for everyone, weapons, video equipment, professional cameras, fireworks, pets (except service dogs), laser pointers, knives or gerber tools and other items are not permitted on the Fair Grounds. Find out more about the list of items permitted at the fair at www.fortbraggmwr.com/sportsrec/specialevents/proitems.pdf.

Monday through Friday the gates open at 5 p.m. After 7 p.m. general admission is $12. Members of the military and Department of Defense civilians get in for $10. Tickets for children 36” or taller (up to age 9) are $10, handicapped non-riders and senior citizen non-riders get in for $7. On Saturday and Sunday, the gates open at 1 p.m. General admission on Saturday and Sunday is $17. Members of the military and Department of Defense civilians get a reduced ticket for $15. Children 36” or taller (up to age 9) are $15. Tickets for handicapped non-riders and senior citizen non-riders are $7.

On May 13, Mother’s Day, moms are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child 36” or taller up to age 17. Monday through Friday is Appreciation Day with $7 admission for everyone 36” or taller from 5-7 p.m.

Get your fill of carnival fare, try your hand at the midway games, catch a concert — every day, several times a day and enjoy the festive atmosphere with the people you care about.

The Fort Bragg Fair is open to the public and is accessible from Bragg Boulevard via Howell Street. For more information about the fair, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com/fair or call 396-9126.

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