A late summer-early fall tradition is fast approaching, as the 93rd annual Cherokee County Fair opens its gates starting Tuesday evening.

Open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and held at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, 160 McClure St., Canton, American Legion Post 45 Commander Raymond Rollins said the fair is the organization’s only fundraiser each year. And, it has proven to be a successful venture, allowing the group to carry out its mission of helping local veterans.

As it has in previous years, Rollins said that this year’s fair will have a number of rides and attractions to entertain guests of all ages. He added there would be a new ride added this year to bring that much more excitement to the rides the fair is known for.

In addition to the rides, there will also be exhibit barns and live music every night, while a dog show has been scheduled for Thursday, followed by the annual Miss Cherokee County Fair beauty pageant on Saturday.

Exhibit barns will include educational and commercial exhibits as well as community displays of canned and fresh food, baking, flowers, sewing, crafts, photography and more. There will be prizes available for guests who participate in the contests for these exhibits.

The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding bingo events every night with prizes for winning cards, and the post kitchen will be serving up various kinds of food for fairgoers to enjoy.

Once inside the gates, wristbands for the rides will be available for purchase for $25, except for Wednesday, when they will be sold for $20. Rollins added coupons for $5 off the purchase of an armband have been distributed to a number of local businesses, although these will not be accepted on Wednesday.

According to Rollins, the fair gates will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for children 5 and under and seniors 65 and older, $2 for children ages 6-12 and $5 for adults 13-64. Parking is $2 per car and will be handled by the JROTC unit from Cherokee High School.

“We’re expecting a good turnout,” Rollins said. “If the weather holds out, we should have a really good fair.”

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