Just like spring, the Fort Bragg Fair returns to the area from April 28 until May 15. This annual family-friendly event is constantly growing in both attendance and attractions. According to Rhett Stroupe, the special events coordinator, there is expected to be more than 40,000 fair-goers. There are also three new rides, “the Magic Maze, it is a glass house walk through, and two kiddie rides, The Farm Tractors and the Happy Puppies,” Stoupe said.

In addition to these three new rides, there are plenty of fun and exciting activities at the fair. There is something of interest for everyone and more than enough fun activities to offer days of fairground fun. 

“The fair will have over 30 adult and kiddie carnival rides, midway games as well as food and live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. “Fairgoers will have easy access to the Fairgrounds off Bragg Boulevard at Howell Sreet and Gruber Road,” Stroupe added. 

One of the most poplar aspects of the annual Fort Bragg Fair is live entertainment. There will be a variety of bands and shows such as Rime Tyme, Zack Stone, Jeremiah Jones, Phaze, Freeway and Islandtime Band. According to Stroupe, the real can’t-miss performance is Kachunga and the Alligator Show. This show began in 1982 as a way to increase public awareness and education regarding these misunderstood and native reptiles. It’s success and popularity has turned into one of the most popular performances at fairs and festivals in the United States and Canada. There are even a total of five touring units. Kachunga is an American bushman from the swamps of Florida who has the power and knowledge to handle the ferocious alligators. The danger is great and the excitement is palpable. Despite all of the excitement, the shows are completely safe for the audience and for the alligators. The primary goal is education. All of the performers are highly knowledgeable and trained and the alligators are treated with respect. 

Organizing the fair every year takes a lot of hard work, but for Stroupe the smiles and joy that the end results generate more than makes up for it. At its core that is what the Fort Bragg Fair is about. It is about creating a fun and safe environment for the community to come and enjoy the warm weather and each other. It is family friendly and has a wide variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. 

For those new to the Fort Bragg Fair, Stroupe has the following advice, “Take advantage of the Customer Appreciation Specials, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m., for the low price of $7 per person.  As a result of the rock bottom price, many fairgoers come back to the fair multiple times to take advantage of the special.” General admission on weekends, the most popular days is $17. While this includes unlimited rides and entertainment, it can add up. The fair has a large number of specials and discounts for groups like military, children and seniors. Going to the fair is an incredible adventure for the whole family and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Visit http://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/ft-bragg-events/fort-bragg-fair?eID=386293 to find a complete list of prices. 

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