Monday, September 27, 2010

As Heard on Your Family Friendly Morning Show 9/27- Saving Money at the Fair/ Getting in Shape Before the Holidays

The Dixie Classic Fair begins this Friday and runs through Sunday, October 9.  Here are some ways to save BIG money and have a great time at the fair with your family.
  • Advance Tickets: Today through Thursday, you can purchase admission tickets and ride tickets in advance and save money.  Advance tickets are available to buy on-line, at the Joel Coliseum box office or at a variety of places around the triad, including all area Lowes Foods Stores.
  • All-You-Can-Ride Days:  Get Your Coupon at a participating Wendy’s and pay admission and $20.00 ($25.00 without coupon) to ride all the rides! Dates: Friday, Oct. 1st, Monday, Oct. 4th, Tuesday, Oct. 5th and Thursday, Oct. 7th
  • Early Bird Special: (Any gate) Weekdays only from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  $3 per person  (Regular admission is $8 ages 12+ and $4 for kids 6-11)
Other Special Promotions and Days:
  • Monday, October 4th: Forsyth Tech And School Day (Preschool – 5th Grade)-
    Preschool – 5th grade students free until 2:00; 1 chaperone per 6 students also admitted free. All Forsyth Tech students, faculty and staff admitted free with their Forsyth Tech college ID
  • Tuesday, October 5th: Senior Adult Day-
    Senior Adults 65 years and over admitted free with proper ID. Aides assisting seniors this day are also admitted free. Special Fun Time & Special Events for Senior Adults beginning at 10:00 am. **Senior Adults 65 years and over are admitted free all week with proper ID.
  • Wednesday, October 6th: Lowes Foods Day-
    Bring 5 cans or non-perishable boxes of food of Lowes Foods house brand and receive free admission. Sponsored by Lowes Foods and Crisis Control Ministry. ADMISSION INTO THE FAIR ALSO INCLUDES YOUR ENTRY INTO THE CONCERT WEDNESDAY EVENING WITH ADDISON ROAD, MATT MAHER AND TENTH AVENUE NORTH!
  • Wednesday, October 6th: Special Education Day-Free admission for persons with disabilities and their aides.
  • Saturday October 9th, Sunday October 10th: Winston-Salem Journal Family Fun Day Discounted rides for kids 7 and under! Sponsored by Winston-Salem Journal. Kids 7 and under can ride all Strates Shows Kiddieland rides for $8.00 (excluding pony rides), from opening until 5:00 pm.
In addition to taking advantage of the above special promotions, I've found a few other ways to save money when my family of 5 heads to the fair:
  • Talk about how much you are willing to spend ahead of time.  Let your kids know how much money you have budgeted for the fair and what that means as far as how many rides/games/food items you'll be able to buy. 
  • Give each child their own money to spend however they want to and once it's gone, it's gone.  This also gives a great lesson in budgeting.  If a child chooses to spend lots of money on a game or junk food and then doesn't have any money left to ride their favorite ride, they've learned an important principle in money management.
  • Eat before you go and plan on sharing the things you buy there. If you plan to eat dinner at the fair and enjoy extra goodies like elephant ears, ice cream and other deep-fried delecacies, you will spend A LOT of cash.  So,we usually stop at McDonalds on the way to the fair (a treat in iteslf) and hit the dollar menu.  Then, we get some fun food while we are at the fair, but we share it.  That way we all get to taste the treats we love without going broke!_____________________________________________________________
Allen Branch--Fitness One Update:

Fall is here!  The good news is that the weather is more conducive to outdoor workouts, however the days are getting shorter which means you have less time to get out the door and work out.  The other concern is that Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas Cookies are right around the corner.  How can you prevent gaining weight from the oncoming onslaught of calories?

-Get on a fitness schedule..put it on your calendar. 
-Watch your calorie intake very carefully.  Try the perfect 3-day meal plan offered by Fitness-One.  Text "FITNESSONE" to 313131 to recieve a free copy.
-Try the next 21-day bootcamp at Fitness One.  For more information, email Allen at

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