Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
October 12, 2013
UNION — The Union County Agricultural Fair will run from Tuesday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 19, offering a huge lineup of agricultural, artistic, farm and floral exhibits, as well as numerous rides and attractions sure to please fair patrons.
Kachunga And The Alligator Show
This year’s headline attraction will be Kachunga and the Alligator Show, which is described on its website — www.kachunga.com — as “a real American Bushman from deep in the swamps of Florida who dares to step foot in the wet domain of the alligator.”
Kachunga and the Alligator Show will run each night of the fair, giving patrons an opportunity to view it regardless of which days they attend.
“Watch in astonishment as he apprehends a ferocious man-eating reptile with his bare hands,” the site reads. “Now imagine the thrill of watching a man pit his strength and agility against nine feet, 300 pounds of lashing tail and gnashing jaws in a dangerous dance of reflexes and cunning. Kachunga’s struggle with the alligator keeps each member of the audience on the edge of their seat biting their nails and curling their toes.”
The site also describes the show as educational, funny and safe to view, and it assures viewers that the alligators are treated with respect and care, without ever being harmed in any manner.
Union County Fair Association Director Paul Winters said this show was chosen because of the popularity of alligator-related TV shows and the interest they have created in handling gators.
“This goes along with our tradition we’ve started — to bring attractions to Union that the public wouldn’t normally have a chance to see,” Winters said. “This will give people an opportunity to get up close and personal with a live alligator and have pictures taken.”
Texaco Country Showdown State Finals
Another of those attractions to which Winters referred will be the Texaco Country Showdown state finals (for both North Carolina and South Carolina), which will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, on the Main Fair Stage.
Annually, a series of over 450 local, state, and regional live shows produced by country music radio stations are held throughout the country. Local winners advance to their state events where prizes include $1,000 and the opportunity to compete in one of five regional events. Regional winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to the national final in Nashville to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title “Best New Act in Country Music.”
One of the contestants in the state competition will be Raleigh, N.C. resident Casey Sutton, who won the WBCU-Texaco Country Showdown local competition which was held at USC Union in May.
Contestants at this year’s Texaco Country Showdown North/South Carolina State Final represent the following radio stations: WCRE-FM Cheraw; WRHI-FM Fort Mill; WRHT-FM Greenville, NC; WRHM-FM Lancaster; WKVS-FM Lenior, NC; WRSF-FM Nags Head, NC; WRHI-AM Rock Hill; WBCU-FM Union; WPTM-FM Weldon, NC; and WVSZ-FM York.
Mister Greggy’s Goofy Magic Show
Another attraction new to the fair this year will be Mister Greggy’s Goofy Magic Show. Greg “Mister Greggy” McMahan has performed for 38 years, and his website promises “Mister Greggy’s Goofy Magic Show guarantees your guests will have a giggly, silly, funny, amazingly wonderful good time they’ll always remember!”
The show — which will also run nightly — will include amazing magic, respectful audience interaction, visual humor, colorful balloon artistry and a trunk full of magical surprises. “Mister Greggy” also teaches audience members a few tricks of their own to dazzle their family and friends.
TSW will return to the fair — this year, at a new time. Wrestling matches will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and the main event pits TSW Heavyweight Champion Deon Johnson against the six-foot-nine, 300-pound, former WWE star Luke Gallows, who is currently known as “Doc” on SpikeTV’s Impact Wrestling.
Also on the card will be a women’s match pitting Amanda Rodriguez against Amber O’Neal. Other matches will feature Peter Kaasa, Kameron Kade, Hunter Thompson, Cedric Alexander, Jax James, and more.
Other attractions at this year’s fair will include Circle C Farms Hogway Speedway, Simple Times Farm, and numerous local entertainment acts.
The adult general admission price for this year’s fair is $6, and there will be daily promotions for ride tickets. On Tuesday, an opening night special will be offered — buy one POP (pay one price) band, get one free. The regular POP band price is $18. Wednesday will be Church Night, and patrons will be able to save $4 on POP bands with a Church Night coupon. Thursday is School Day, and a School Day coupon will also allow for savings on POP bands. On Friday, gates will open at 3 p.m., and POP bands will be $18 all day. On Saturday, gates will be open from noon-midnight, and POP bands will be $15 from noon-5 p.m. and $18 after 5 p.m.