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Moser takes reins at county fair, gives it a hunting theme

SoVaNow.com / April 01, 2013
Plans are already shaping up for the 2013 Halifax County Fair, according to Todd Moser, who has signed on as the general manager of this year’s event scheduled Oct. 1-5.

“I’ve been hanging around the fair for years, watching the crowds and talking to my friends and neighbors there, “Moser said on Friday. “So I was delighted when fair owner James Edmunds asked me if I would be interested in taking over the management this year.”

Already in the works is a strong focus on hunting: the official name of the event will be the 2013 Halifax County Fair and Hunting Expo, with hunting vendors being recruited to the exhibit hall.

Moser, the county’s top animal control officer, said he is making plans to remodel the exhibit hall, which he hopes to open up and make more spacious.

He also predicts livestock exhibits will become more numerous, and the Big Buck contest will continue, giving the public the opportunity to cast votes for the winners.

Coles Entertainment has already been contracted to fill the midway and “we hope not to have an open spot there,” he said.

There will be two wild animal shows each night, with three on Saturday. Also, a local talent show has been slotted Saturday morning.

Prizes for the exhibits will be the same as last year, and Military Night will be observed with veterans allowed in free. Also, public safety and emergency services personnel will receive half-price admission on a special night to honor their contributions to the community.

Moser said he is working with the Heritage Festival group to provide historic information that might be of interest to fair goers. “I’m also working hard to find amusements for the youngsters as well as for our senior citizens,” he said.

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