The Fort Bragg Fair has become an annual tradition for the nation’s largest military installation. Since its beginning in 1979, the fair has grown to become more than a sugar-fueled, spinning, swinging event.

Opening day for the fair, April 27, was met with much anticipation from fairgoers. More than 6,900 people attended the fair during the opening weekend.

According to Fort Bragg’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, over 40,000 visitors are expected to attend the Fort Bragg Fair this year.

“This is a wildly popular fair. The weather has been great, and the parking is much improved,” said Lori King, deputy director of Fort Bragg FMWR. “The closure of the section of Bragg Boulevard nearest the fairgrounds has made it easier to get cars in and out, which has been great for our fairgoers. We’ve been doing this for more than 30 years and we’re thrilled see so many Families enjoying our rides and entertainment.”

“Mother’s Day is coming up and every year our fairgoers look forward to our annual Mother’s Day special. All mothers get in free with a paying child — you can’t beat that deal,” King continued.

Although Bragg Boulevard is now closed to drivers wanting to cut through the installation, the fairgrounds remain easily accessible, and the fair is open to the public.

Partnerships with the communities surrounding Fort Bragg are important to the installation. Inclusion of our partner communities strengthen bonds, ties, communication and understanding of each other.

“Spring Lake Families look forward to this event each year,” said Mayor Chris Rey, Town of Spring Lake. “It provides an opportunity to take a break from life’s hustle and bustle and enjoy what is important, Family. Spring Lake is proud to have such a great annual event in our back yard. It is one opportunity where we demonstrate we truly are committed to being one community.”

Fort Bragg has advertised the fair for weeks on social media. A quick look through the comments show the love people have for the fair with statements like, “I miss Fort Bragg!! Last year’s fair was so fun” and “Man I miss Fort Bragg and the fair. The fairs where I live now are nothing compared to Fort Bragg’s.”

"We are thankful to have Fort Bragg as a friendly neighbor to Fayetteville,” said Kevin Arata, corporate communications director with the City of Fayetteville. “The Fort Bragg Fair provides our residents, many of whom are Soldiers and their Families, with a great opportunity to experience a Family-friendly event close by at Fort Bragg."

Fair organizers look forward to this event each year. The admission price includes unlimited rides, live entertainment and free parking. There are even lower admission prices for those not interested in spinning or swinging around on rides.

A fairgoer favorite, Kachunga and the Alligator Show, returns again this year providing an entertaining and educational experience, as well as giving people a break from the rides. In addition to Kachunga, local bands are performing almost nightly.

If you haven’t made it to the Fort Bragg Fair yet, don’t worry! The fair runs until May 14. You still have plenty of time to enjoy the rides, funnel cakes and giant turkey legs.