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‘Hot’ time in Jackson

JACKSON — Approximately 4,000 people braved the blazing heat this past weekend for the Northampton County Farm Festival.

On Friday and Saturday, the third annual event was held on the Cultural and Wellness Complex grounds, offering visitors family fun in the form of rides, displays, vendors and music.

Northampton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Collier declared this year’s Farm Festival a success.

“The main purpose of Farm Festival is to have two days filled with family fun,” she said. “We had a great crowd. Everybody who came had a good time.”

Collier estimated 4,000 to 4,200 people came to the event, nearly doubling last year’s attendance, and 1,620 tickets for rides were sold.

“We were really pleased to be able to expand this year,” she said.

Some new additions to the sights and sounds included more displays and rides, including a Ferris wheel.

The rides were a hit with both children and parents, the latter enjoying the ticket price of $1 per ride.

“I think it’s nice; the kids have enjoyed it,” said Carol Moses of Seaboard who brought her children. “It’s good not to have to go far and the tickets are reasonable.”

Parent Marion Payne, also of Seaboard, favored the low ticket prices and only having one ticket to ride each time. She also liked the idea of having the event in Northampton County.

“There’s people in the community that you know and want to support (out here), like the Seaboard Lions Club,” she said.

Collier said there are plans to expand the event even more next year.

“We’re already getting ready for next year,” she said.

Collier credited the event’s vendors and sponsors for their help in making the event possible.

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.