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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Open horse show set for Sept. 6

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Franklin County Agricultural Fair will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 6 with an open horse show.

The horse show will take place at the Ginther Farm, 3128 Sontag Road in Rocky Mount, within a mile of the fairgrounds at the Franklin County Recreation Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the show will start at 9 a.m.

Organized by the Franklin County Equestrian Club, the horse show will be sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force and Franklin County Equestrian Club.

"FCEC is honored to be a part of our county fair! We welcome all riders and spectators -- this is a free admission event," said Patricia Wray, president of the Franklin County Equestrian Club.

The horse show will feature 57 competitive classes. Entry fees are $8 per class. Championship and reserve championships will be awarded in Western, Walking/Racking, English and Gymkhana youth and adult divisions and the game division. Concessions will be available.

Participants can pre-register by Friday, Aug. 29 and receive $1 off per class. For a complete class list, show rules and registration forms, visit, email or call Patricia Wray at (540) 420-8169.

Completed registration forms may be emailed to or mailed to Franklin County Equestrian Club, 897 Muse Field Road, Rocky Mount, VA  24151. Pre-registration forms must be received no later than Aug. 29 to receive the discount.

For more about the Franklin County Equestrian Club, visit For more about the fair, please visit or call (540) 483-3040.

The Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be open Wednesday through Thursday, Sept. 10-11 from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 13, the Dairy and Beef Cattle Show (formerly identified as the 4-H Livestock show) will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Blue Ridge Mountain Garden Tractor Pullers' Lawnmower Pull event will start at 11 a.m. and the midway will open at noon, with the fairgrounds closing at 11 p.m.

The fair will host an entry day for competitive exhibits on Monday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Recreation Park. Categories, which are further broken down by class, include fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, baked goods, canned meats, flowers, quilts and more.

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