Chatham County Cooperative Extension offers free delivery service for NC State Fair contest participants

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Cooperative Extension will offer a free delivery service to Chatham County residents who want to enter their goods and products in NC State Fair contests this October. The Pony Express is a convenient service that provides early and quick contest entry for Chatham community members.

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Participants may drop off their non-perishable items to the N.C. Cooperative Extension Chatham County Center (1192 US 64 West Business, Suite 400, Pittsboro) on October 4 or 5 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Live or perishable exhibits such as flowers, livestock, and cakes will not be accepted.

Participants are asked to follow these instructions for their submissions:

  • Wrap and pack items securely for transport.
  • Label boxes with participant name and phone number.
  • Tape a copy of online receipt from NC State Fair registration, showing that the items being sent have been entered online. Please be aware of registration deadlines as many are in the month of September.
  • Entries will be picked up at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center by Kaley Lawing, CRD/ 4-H Extension Agent, and transported to the NC State Fair for judging and display.

Only items picked up on the Chatham County Pony Express will be returned by the Pony Express. No items will be added to the return list of items that are dropped off by exhibitors at the fairgrounds after the Pony Express has run. Items will be returned to the Chatham County Cooperative Extension Center after the fair by October 26th and held until October 29th for pick up. After October 29th items that have not been picked up will be discarded. Any prize money will be mailed directly to the participant. (Must provide Social Security number/W-9 to receive payment.)

For more information, interested residents may contact Ms. Lawing at or read more here.