4th annual Horry County Fair kicks off Friday

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – There’s no need to wait until summer for fair fun. Horry County’s kicking their’s off Friday. 

“Every year we learn a little something new,” said Steve Zacharias, from the Myrtle Beach Speedway. “Whether it’s the parking, traffic flow, and then this year what we’ve done is they’ve brought in more rides, hopefully to limit the lines. The more rides we have the less the lines will be.” 

As of Thursday evening, the rides weren’t rolling, tilting, or zipping just yet. 

“Everything’s well underway and we’ve got some final touches to do in the midway,” said Jim Strates, of James E. Strates Shows, “and then get everything cleared off and get the concessions all plugged in and stocked up and ready to go for opening day.” 

So what’s on the midway this year?

“Well we’ve got some of the old standards, of course the oldest I think amusement ride there is, is the Ferris wheel. It’s a nice Ferris wheel. It’s an Italian Ferris wheel. Called the Dream Wheel,” said Strates. “Of course we have a merry-go-round, a family coaster called the Wacky Worm that’s here. We’ve got slides, we’ve got The Claw that swings you upside down, the Ring-of-Fire.”

The list goes on an on. There are 35 rides at the Horry County Fair this year. There’s also your favorite carnival games, racing pigs, music, and of course, food. From the Krispy Kreme Burger to deep fried bubble gum. 

“It’s definitely not built for the workout class.” said Zacharias. “This going to be stuff that’s dipped in grease and taste delicious, but probably not the greatest thing for you, but it’s going to be fun. 

The Horry County Fair begins Friday at noon with a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. It’s at the Myrtle Beach Speedway everyday for the next 10 days. 

If you’re a race fan the track will still be running, in fact they’re having a big rig racing with actual semi trucks Saturday, April 27. 

For a list of events click here. 

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