There are a few annual traditions in Fayetteville that inarguably mean spring has arrived and summer is well on its way. One that many look forward to is the Fort Bragg Fair, a growing tradition that is  shared and passed down through generations. 

The fair is open to the public and everyone is invited to take part in the rides, activities and more. Expect to see, “… typical carnival rides, 28 in all, carnival food favorites and midway games,” said Rhett Stroupe the Fort Bragg MWR special events coordinator. 

This year’s fair has an incredible lineup of entertainers. New and particularly exciting is Kachunga and the Alligator Show. The show began in 1982 and is geared toward educating people about alligators in a fun and exciting way. In every show Kachunga, an alligator expert from deep in the swamps of Florida, impresses crowds with his ability to take on the 9-foot long 300-pound alligator known for its quick reflexes and strength. It may seem like an impossible task, but Kachunga can handle the pressure like no other. No alligators are harmed in the shows. They are treated with the utmost respect and care. The show is intense, but perfectly safe to watch. Kachunga and the alligator are on stage weekdays at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Weekend shows are at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. For more information about this show, visit 

Much of the success of the Fort Bragg Fair is due to the dedication and the skill of the organizers. Their passion and diligence is inspired by a very simple but powerful show of gratitude and smiles once the gates open. 

Stroupe elaborated, “It is very rewarding to see it all come together for the good of our soldiers, families and the greater Fayetteville community.  We sell fun — how good is that!?”   

In order for attendees to have the best time possible, Stroupe noted that there are ATM’s on-site and advises attendees to always remember sunscreen. 

General admission is $12 on weekdays and $17 on weekends. However, Stroupe noted that admission includes unlimited rides, entertainment and parking. 

“We do not get into one’s pockets every time they want to ride something. Ride till you drop.”
he said.

On May 10, the fair includes a Mother’s Day special. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child 36 inches or taller up to age 17. There is also a customer appreciation special throughout the event. Monday-Friday, from 5-7 p.m., $7 admission (includes unlimited rides).  

“It is a great value and we have many families come multiple days taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity,” Stroupe added. 

The Fort Bragg Fair is at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds on Bragg Boulevard. The fair is open from April 23 until May 10. Gates open at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $12 weekdays and $17 on weekends. There are discounts for military, children, disabled and senior citizens. For more information, visit 

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