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Organization to offer the fall festival

Tammie Gercken Writer

The Burke County Fair Board is planning a fun fall-themed event for the community.

The council will hold the fall festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the historic Burke County Fairgrounds at 145 Bost Road, Morganton. The free event will include a variety of activities and refreshments, said Shandy Gossett, president of the Burke County Fairgrounds, which is helping organize the celebration.

“Fall Festival was a surprise to the board that I skipped over them at our meeting in August,” Gossett said. “My vision behind this idea was to provide Burke County families with an affordable event for children of all ages and to let everyone know that we are working to bring family events closer together. This will be our first event of this kind, and I hope we will have a good turnout.

The festival will feature plenty of activities for children including a bouncy house, cart rides, games with prizes, face painting and a coloring contest divided into three different age groups.

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Refreshments available at the event will include burgers and hot dogs, hot corn, candy apples, cotton candy and hot apple cider.

Event sponsors include:

  • Apple Hill Orchard and cider house.
  • Wendy’s of Morganton.
  • McDonald’s in Valdese.
  • Beautiful Farms.
  • Jack B Quick d’Icard.
  • Chickfil-A of Morganton.
  • Bimbo Bakeries United States — Valdese.

Gossett noted that the traditional Burke County Fair has not been held for the past six years due to necessary renovations at the historic Burke County Fairgrounds. A previous herald of news An article outlining the fair’s history reported that it had been on display at its current location since 1959. It featured entertainment, rides, games, agricultural displays, and a variety of food stalls.

Prior to 1959, the fair was held on West McDowell Street near the Morganton Department of Public Safety office, according to former fairground chairman Ralph Dale.

“When they reorganized in 1950, they used the (old) armory as a showroom, and we had tables on the sidewalk and sold tickets to get in, and then the Morganton High School football field where the Aggie ball team, we set the rides on it,” Dale said. “We operated there until ’57 or ’58.”

Gossett said she hopes the board will be able to present the traditional fair next year.

The Burke County Fairgrounds is owned by Rurtian, a non-profit organization with a club in Morganton. Gossett is also the Ruritan District Governor for Western North Carolina.

“Ruritan is a national organization dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through ‘brotherhood, goodwill, and community service,'” she said. “In short, we raise money for our communities in need and then put it back where it’s needed through scholarships, medical bills, electricity bills, food, and more.”

She invited people to attend the salon’s board meetings to learn more.

“I have other ideas up my sleeve for the coming months, and I encourage everyone to attend our meetings and speak up,” Gossett said.

For more information, visit or the “Burke County Fair Grounds” Facebook page.

Editor Tammie Gercken can be reached at [email protected]