DOUBLE SPRINGS - After several postponements and the possibility of cancellation due to COVID-19 this year, and the hard work of Crystal Till and April Flake of Community Unity, it has been announced the Winston County Fair will take place this year with more rides than ever before. It is scheduled from Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 12, with between 18 and 20 rides provided by C&M Southern Midways of Eastaboga, Ala.
It will be held at the Seymore-Durbin Sports Complex just off Hwy. 195 North. Special discounts and promotions are given each night of the fair, and fireworks are planned to fill the night air on July 4, at 9 p.m., thanks to the Town of Double Springs.
To make the fair experience safer for everyone, there will be additional guidelines for attendees and workers to follow this year.
According to Paul Marini, owner and head promoter of Family Fun Fest, Inc., all employees and volunteers will be wearing masks, and he highly recommends those attending to wear masks too.
“We won’t reject them if they aren’t wearing masks,” Marini said. “We’re asking for their cooperation so we can have the safest possible midway.”
To have the fair at all this year, guidelines will be followed on site, including a temperature check at the gate and hand washing stations set up.
“The people of Double Springs really love their fair,” Marini said. “We were going to make it happen.”
Those guidelines and information follows.
• There will be a temperature check at the gate, and any visitor with a temperature above 100.1 will be asked not to attend the fair.
• Each employee will have their temperature taken prior to the opening of each day. A temperature above 100.1 will result in a quarantine of the employee.
• A wider midway will be implemented going from 20 feet to 30 feet wide to allow for proper social distancing.
• Online sales will be suggested to cut down on the interaction of the staff at ticket boxes.
• The midway will be staggered with 20 feet between each ride, game and food wagon.
• There will be queue lines with six foot marks painted on the ground to encourage social distancing.
• Each employee will be required to wear a face shield or face cover while interacting with customers.
• A staggered shut down will be implemented every two hours to allow employees to clean rides.
• A four-station hand washing basin will be installed every 100 yards.
• Each ride, food wagon and game will be sterilized before opening each day. Food wagons will be sterilized on high-touch areas every 45 minutes.
“If you feel sick, please contact your doctor,” Marini emphasized. “We ask for your cooperation in advance so that we can have the safest possible Winston County Fair. If you’re sick, don’t come to the fair. We will miss you but would rather see you next year than not to see you at all.”
Prices for admission and armbands differ daily, though the regular price of admission is $5 with the armbands being $20.
“We are doing everything we can to make it affordable due to the current situation we’re living in right now,” Marini mentioned.
Platinum sponsors for Community Unity this year are Warehouse at Shady Grove, Greg Farris, Fine Yarns, American Fiberglass, Posey Supply and Dr. Andrea Batchelor. Gold sponsors are First National Bank, Better Built Trailers, Traders and Farmers Bank, Panorama Study Club, Double Springs Study Club, Capstone Rural Health Center, Free State Chevron, Main Street Texaco, Rosey Posey Flowers and Gifts, B&D Lawn, Gateway Pharmacy, Leapfrogs and Lillypads, RJ Automotive, Lakeland Community Hospital, Superior Sleep, Dr. Steve and Linda Christian, Dr. Samantha Howard (DMD) and Henderson Builders. Silver sponsors are B&B Motors and Golden Pawn, Hon. Judge Lee Carter and Betsy M. Harrison, attorney at law. Bronze sponsor is Harrison Drug.
The Town of Double Springs is sponsoring the fireworks show on Saturday, July 4, beginning about 9 p.m. It will be held at the same place as the fair.
Participants are asked to bring chairs, family and friends to the show. The Double Springs Volunteer Fire Department will be responsible for setting off the fireworks.
Cost of the fireworks is usually $2,000 and will last up to 20 minutes.
The show itself is free and all are welcome to attend.
Fair schedule and promotions:
• Thursday, July 2: Buddy Day - Purchase one armband at $20 and get the second one at half price. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
• Friday, July 3: Armbands are $20 and gates will open at 5 p.m.
• Saturday, July 4: Kids’ Day - All kids under the age of 12 will get in for free till 5 p.m. Armbands for kids under the age of 12 will be just $10, and the armbands will be good until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., a new armband will need to be purchased at the regular Saturday price of $20. Regular price armbands for Saturday will be $20 from 1 p.m. till closing. Admission will be $5 per person after 5 p.m. Gates will open at 1 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
• Sunday, July 5: Gates will open at 3 p.m. Armband prices are $15 until closing.
• Monday, July 6: Ladies Day - Gates will open at 5 p.m. Armbands for all ladies of all ages will be just $10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., ladies armbands will be $15. Armbands for all others will be $15.
• Tuesday, July 7: Men’s Day - Gates will open at 5 p.m. All men of any age can purchase a special priced armband for just $10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., armbands return to $15.
• Wednesday, July 8: Dollar Day - Gates will open at 5 p.m. All rides we'll be one ticket each all night long.
• Thursday, July 9: First Responders Night - Gates will open at 5 p.m. All first responders with proper ID, including fire and police departments, EMS and hospital workers will be able to purchase a special armband for themselves and their family for just $10. To get this price you must have your First Responders ID. Armbands will be $15 for all non-first responders.
• Friday, July 10: High School Seniors Day - Gates will open at 5 p.m. All high school seniors will get free admission and a special armband when presenting their graduation cap, 2020 tassel or wallet size diploma. Senior armbands will be just $15. Armbands will be $20 until closing for others.
• Saturday, July 11: Last Chance Day - Gates will open at 1 p.m. A special armband price of $15 will last until 5 p.m. when the price goes to $20.
• Sunday, July 12: Gates will open at 3 p.m. Admission will be just $2 per person above 32 inches tall, and armbands will be just $10 per person until close. The fair will close at 7 p.m.
Unless specified above, admission is $5 per person over 36 inches tall every day except Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 12. Check dates above for admission prices. Parking is free every day.
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