Learning at the fair: Students get a look at Wilson County Fair exhibits

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Abbey Sharp held her ribbon for all of her classmates to see.

The first-grader from Lee Woodard Elementary School was a winner in the assorted crafts division in the Wilson County Fair.

“I have made something that sews right up there, and then it knots down here,” Abbey said, as her teacher, Beth Wood, held the frilly green, blue and purple creation up.

“It is like a sleeping bag, but it is kind of like a blanket too. It’s like both,” Abbey said. “I like it a lot. I have received best in show and first place.”

Abbey’s prized blanket was one of the many handmade and homegrown items on display at the fair. Students from area schools had the opportunity to see them Thursday.

“They are having a great time They love it,” Wood said.

The children got to see a variety of exotic animals and some fairly common chickens. “They really love the chickens. They are barking at them and making sounds,” said Makeda Edwards, a teacher at ABC Academy at Black Creek leading 11 pre-school children through the exhibits.

Future Farmers of America chapters and county 4-H clubs and the Wilson County Beekeepers Association had displays featuring 85 years of Wilson County Fair fun.

“We really appreciate the Wilson County Fair being open to us and that we can enjoy this great day together,” Wood said. “Today is an educational trip, so the kids get to see the different things throughout the fair. It’s not a rides day, but it’s an opportunity for the kids to see what other people have done.”

James Nixon, with American Legion Post 13 from Wilson, introduced the groups of children as they arrived to see what had been put together for this year’s fair.

“It’s all of the stuff that’s naturally grown in North Carolina that they have got in here,” Nixon said.

That included prize-winning pumpkins, potatoes and peppers, grand grapes, plump pomegranates, persimmons, pears and pecans, appreciable apples and acorns, and magnificent melons.

Artwork, photographs and three-dimensional creations made by kids from around the county were on display.

“I think it’s going to expand their minds even at their age with the possibilities as they grow up and learn to put things together,” Nixon said.

“Some of them will hopefully be inventors and create things good for the society and allow and hope they enjoy growing up in a peaceful nation.”

The Wilson County Fair continues through Sunday at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on U.S. 301.