Children on an amusement ride at the 2019 Moore County Agricultural Fair.

Children on an amusement ride at the 2019 Moore County Agricultural Fair.

Like similar events across the state, the 74th annual Moore County Agricultural Fair has been called off because of the coronavirus.

Fair manager Robert Gordon said the vendor that normally provides games and amusement rides for the event was forced to back out, leaving organizers without a midway.

“The midway company that we use had lost every fair they had in North Carolina, and they were not going to be able to come out for just one fair,” Gordon said. “Our decision was kind of made for us. We had been making preparations (for the fair), but without a midway you can’t quite pull it off.”

First held in 1946, the event typically brings thousands of people to the agricultural fairgrounds off U.S. 15-501 in Carthage. Gordon said the fair, which is overseen by a committee, has been canceled only once before.

“Quite a few of the fairs in the state of North Carolina have already canceled,” he said. “Not all of them by any means, but quite a few of them.”

On Wednesday, state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that the North Carolina State Fair would not be held for the first time since World War II. That event brings about 1 million people to the state fairgrounds in Raleigh each year.

“We’re caught in it like everybody else,” Gordon said. “Hopefully, this is just a blip in history and we will see everybody again in 2021.”

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Kent Misegades

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Dan Roman

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Elizabeth Leonow

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Jim Tomashoff

Elizabeth, his rants, he thinks, illustrate how much smarter and more knowledgeable he is than everyone else, with the possible exception of his hero, Donald J. Trump. He's probably a QAnon conspiracy theorist to boot.

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