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Holly Day Fair Kicks Off in Cumberland Co.

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FAYETTEVILLE — If the urge to start spending some ofthat Christmas money has struck, the timing is right. The 31st AnnualHolly Day Fair opened Thursday at the Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center inCumberland County.

At leastthereit's beginning to feel and look a lot likeChristmas as the fair signals the start of the Christmas shoppingseason for many.

But don't look for only traditional gifts there. The fairoffers handmade gifts with more than 250 booths filled with arts, craftsand food.

Some vendors, such as Bud Swann, come year after year. He says theorganizers do a great job on this event.

Swan says the fair always draws a large crowd.

The Holly Day Fair has become the largest non-profit holiday gift andcraft show in North Carolina. The cost of admission is $4.50 for adultsand $2 for kids ages 5 to 12, but many people say the bargains are worththe admission price.

The Holly Day Fair usually draws in more than 25,000 shoppers, and inthe past 30 years has raised more than $1.2 million for the JuniorLeague's community programs.

Photographer:Mike Joyner

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