Greater Pee Dee State Fair returns to Florence
Florence Center officials have announced the return of the Greater Pee Dee State Fair along with new dates set for October of 2019. The second annual Florence Fair promises to once again impress the region with major attractions, mega thrill rides, live concerts, and world-class amusements.
Although the 2018 fair was cut short due to Hurricane Florence encroaching the region, officials stated the event was on pace to exceed expectations and are eager for a second year. The inaugural Greater Pee Dee State Fair was held in September last year and representatives have opted to shift the fair into October for cooler weather. “We originally chose September to provide some distance from the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair, but since the ECA Fair unexpectedly jumped ahead to August, we think moving deeper into the fall season makes more sense,” stated Hubert Bullard, Fair Manager. When asked further about the purpose of the date change, the Fair Manager commented, “It doesn’t make sense to have two fairs in the warm season, so we’re moving to October for the cooler climate. We’re not sure what dates the ECA Fair is planning for, but hopefully the two fairs are spread apart and both see great success this year.”
The Greater Pee Dee State Fair will provide a safe setting for fun, family-friendly entertainment featuring music, attractions, shows, animal exhibits, arts and crafts. The fair will also showcase the many diverse business interests in Florence, Florence County and the entire Pee Dee region. In addition, the fair will host a high quality traveling amusement company with more than three dozen safe state of the art carnival rides, games and food concessions.
“We’re bringing a ton of rides and attractions this year. We want to keep the momentum going from where we left off in 2018 before the hurricane hit,” said Paul Beard, General Manager for the Florence Center. “We’ve been speaking with artists, entertainers, and acts for several months and plan to announce a few of our major attractions soon,” Beard continued.
In addition to rides, games, and entertainment the Greater Pee Dee State Fair will have all your favorite fair foods and carnival snacks to indulge. Enjoy elephant ears, fried chocolates, burgers, nachos or any of the endless items throughout the fair grounds.
The Greater Pee Dee State Fair will take place October 4-13, at Florence Center, an SMG-managed facility, located at 3300 W. Radio Drive in Florence. The fair is self-produced by the Florence Center in conjunction with PrimeTime Amusements LLC.
Tickets to the Greater Pee Dee State Fair will be available later this year. Officials say musicians, special attractions, and entertainers will be announced over the next few months. 2019 fair information and special offers will be available soon at www.florencefair.com.