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Dixie Classic Fair attendance down due to rain showers

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WINSTON-SALEM—It has been a tough week at the fair. Rain showers have been a constant interruption since the Dixie Classic Fair opened on Friday.

Rides have been wet and carnival games have had to cover up. Fair officials said weather has everything to do with the crowds and so far this year their numbers are down.

"Fair runs about 325,000 average. Right now we're about 55,000 below what we normally do at this point, but I think we'll make it up at some point,” said fair director David Sparks.
 
Some visitors donned rain ponchos and umbrellas through the rain. But for those visitors looking to stay dry, officials said there is still plenty to do only at the fair.
 
"We have all of our exhibits. Livestock competition, we have the flower show going on. A lot of our entertainment is under covered shelter. So there's a lot of things to do if it is sprinkling here," said Sparks.
 
Visitors can visitors can visit a Batmobile replica that is fully functional. If that's too futuristic, you can visit the Yesterday Village to shop and relax. If another pop up shower comes through, there is plenty of exploring people's tastebuds can do from barbecue to fried Twinkies.
 
While officials said they expect the weather to clean up for the remainder of the week, the rain hasn't affected everyone, especially those younger attendees.

"They have so many fun rides and very good food and so many games," said Gavin Ledford.

The Dixie Classic Fair runs through Sunday, Cctober 7. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 dollars for kids ages 6 to 11.

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