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Posted on: October 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Carolina Classic Fair’s Drive Thru Drew Thousands

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Oct. 6, 2020

The Carolina Classic Fair’s COVID-19-driven alternative, the Drive Thru, drew more than 10,000 visitors during its four-day run and provided a welcome boost to the Salvation Army and Crisis Control Ministries heading into the holidays.

In all, more than 11,400 people attended the Drive Thru, said Cheryle Hartley, the fair director. They purchased more than $160,000 worth of food, drinks and merchandise, contributed $2,175 in loose change to kick off the Salvation Army’s holiday kettle campaign, and donated 6,475 pounds of canned food to stock the Crisis Control Ministry food pantry, she said.

“We were excited at the community response to the Drive Thru and happy to see the support that the attendees gave to the charities that partnered with us,” Hartley said.

The Drive Thru success spilled over to The Drive, the drive-in movie venue operating on the fairgrounds midway. Two of the eight films shown during the four days of the Drive Thru – “The Notebook” on Oct. 2 and “Moana” on Oct. 3 – sold out. Those showings coincided with the evenings that offered a fireworks show.

 “The fireworks and movies were the icing on the cake,” Hartley said. “Seeing hundreds of cars and families enjoy the fireworks is what it was all about. Overall we think it was very successful. We tried some new things and we expect other fairs across the country to model what the Carolina Classic Fair presented with the Drive Thru.”

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