If you grew up and went to school in Winston-Salem you probably still retain a memory of a visit to the Dixie Classic Fair- tiny, bear-shaped bottle of honey or the smell of the mid-way in full bloom with sizzling funnel cakes and rotating hot dogs. Even with the gate numbers slightly down last year due to rain, the Dixie Classic Fair remains one of the top 50 fairs in America and a Camel City institution that we can all be proud of. Fair director David Sparks took CCD on a walk through yesterday and the preparations are in full swing for Friday’s opening.
Carnies working for James E Strates Shows labored furiously to get the mid-way set up. “They are unique individuals and managing them offers unique challenges.” Strates DCF General Manager George Weston told CCD. “These guys will tell someone in a suit where to go, but they are hard working, good people.” It will take around 1500 full and part-time workers to keep the lights on, the cotton candy spun, and the riders riding before the DCF gates close for the last time in 2013. “The economic impact of the Fair on Winston-Salem is large.” Director Sparks said. He went on to say that before all is said and done the Dixie Classic Fair 2013 will inject over 2 million dollars into the local economy and provide some temporary work for those who need it.
In the end it will take only 12 hours to disassemble what will take over 5 days to put together, get safety inspected, and to test before the fair opens. In the mean time there are livestock stalls prepared and ready for some of the finest animals in the Southeast. The education hall’s display shelves, hangers, and boards are all up and waiting for art, food, flowers, and other products of the imagination and labor. Friday is coming fast and the excitement is building for the 2013 Dixie Classic Fair and there is simply nothing like it. Please follow CCD for personal profiles, contest results, and our Kid’s Choice selection of the best treats offered on the Midway and beyond.