‘Kachunga and the Alligator Show’ to headline fair
by Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
UNION — The headline attraction for this year’s Union County Agricultural Fair will be Kachunga and the Alligator Show.
October is here, the weather is cooling, and the fair is just two weeks away. This year, the Union County Fair Association has a number of events, attractions and exhibits planned for this year’s fair, including the Texaco Country Showdown state finals (for both North Carolina and South Carolina), Circle C Farms Hogway Speedway, magician Mister Greggy, Simple Times Farm, Trans-South Wrestling, and more. The headline attraction will be Kachunga and the Alligator Show.
Kachunga and The Alligator Show 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 into the wet domain of the alligator.
“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.”
Kachunga & The Alligator Show began in 1982 as a public awareness program designed to bring alligators and other wildlife to schools to educate students. It has since grown into a show which has thrilled and educated fair audiences in the U.S. and Canada for over 15 years. The group also has two permanently located year-round attractions.
Winters pointed out that the show will run each night of the fair — Oct. 15-19 — to give all fair patrons an opportunity to catch it.
Look for more information about events, exhibits and attractions offered at this year’s Union County Agricultural Fair in upcoming editions of The Union Daily Times. For more information about the fair, visit www.unioncountyscagfair.com.
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