Fair outlasts inclement weather to shine

Published 12:28 pm Saturday, August 20, 2022

Thousands from the area and beyond gathered in Courtland for the 2022 Franklin-Southampton County Fair that ran from Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Aug. 13, and outlasted some inclement weather that came during the week.

“I feel we had a good fair considering we had the rain Wednesday and Thursday,” Fair President Glenn Joyner said. “But overall, (the fair) really picked up at the end of the week on the weekend. Weather was perfect for it the last of the week. So it was, I would say, above average.”

He estimated that across all four days of the fair, between 8,000 and 9,000 people attended it.

Joyner stated that the majority of people attending the fair were local, meaning they came from Suffolk to Emporia and everywhere in between, but he did sense there were a decent number of people who traveled a bit to come this year, possibly for the first time.

“I’ve been here all my life — I saw a lot of faces I’ve never seen,” he said. “I saw a lot of different license plates in the parking lot.”

Joyner’s wife, Janet Joyner, ran both the Little Miss and Miss Franklin-Southampton County Fair pageants and was pleased with how they went. Due to the inclement weather on Aug. 9 and 10, both events were moved to Southampton High School.

“We had wonderful pageants this year,” she said. “Everyone loved them being at the school and in an air-conditioned building.”

Glenn Joyner made a point to highlight the 2022 fair’s sponsors.

“With all this, we couldn’t have done it without the sponsors.” he said. “They really, really stepped their game up with times like they are right now, and sponsors were up from the previous years, and we picked up right many new sponsors. I keep wanting to shout out to them as much as I can because they are my bread and butter when it comes to the events.”