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Wilkes Agricultural Fair continues

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 15, 2011

The Wilkes County Agricultural Fair is now under way.

New to the fair this week, visitors can see the world’s largest alligator, the world’s smallest pony and the world’s largest snake — all live and on display.

Wrestling will also be a new attraction at this year’s Wilkes County Agricultural Fair, and lawnmower racing will again be featured.

The fair, back for its 39th year, started Tuesday and will run through Saturday, Oct. 15.

The North Wilkesboro Rotary Club sponsors the event, which is held at the Worth Evan Tomlinson Rotary Park beside of West Park in North Wilkesboro.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, a special feature at the fair will be an AMRA sanctioned Mowdown Lawnmower race. Admission that day includes entrance to the fair and lawnmower races. Gates open for fair and lawnmower races at noon Saturday, and racing begins at 5 p.m.

North Wilkesboro Extreme Wrestling, a new wrestling federation, will have matches on Thursday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Oct. 14, at the fair. No extra admission cost will be required to attend the wrestling events.

The Thursday match will feature Shocktober Part 1. Friday will conclude the Shocktober matches and also feature a 20-wrestler over the top “Battle Royale.” Wrestlers include Rob Wright, Big Daddy Flip, Lucky Johnson, the Dominatrix and others. Start time is 7 p.m. both nights. The ring will be set up near the entrance of the fairgrounds.

“I think this will be a good event,” said Jake Dancy, co-owner of North Wilkesboro Extreme Wrestling. “These are family-oriented events. Those who come will see the crowning of the new heavyweight champion, along with regular matches and hardcore matches.”

The wrestling matches will also be filmed for TV and Internet, Dancy said.

This year’s fair will feature more than 25 rides by Inners Shows, a bicycle giveaway, mechanical bull rides, pony rides, petting zoo, Buffalo Barfield’s music and comedy shows, miniature bull races, 4-H exhibits, games and food on the midway.

The 4-H exhibits, coordinated by Wilkes Cooperative Extension Service, will be on hand in the Exhibit Hall.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturday. Admission is $7, with children younger than 5 admitted for free.

For more information, contact Mike Staley at (336) 902-7052.

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