Posted: 12:46 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
By Jon Waterhouse
For the AJC
Gwinnett County Fair
5-11 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 23. $5; $2 seniors and children ages 6-12; free ages 5 and younger. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 770-963-6522, www.gwinnettcountyfair.com.
Another opportunity for gastronomical indulgence
The chromatic sights, foot-tapping sounds and mouth-watering scents mean Marietta’s North Georgia State Fair is back in business. Its beauty pageant helps launch festivities Sept. 20. Kids will likely be mesmerized by the vibrant midway’s potpourri of rides and attractions. The centerpiece is the Seattle Wheel from the 1962 World’s Fair, which starred alongside Elvis Presley in the flick “It Happened at the World’s Fair.”
Specialty acts include puppeteer Peter Hart, soaring BMX bikes and Lisa Dufresne’s trained horses. A wealth of music helps pack the fair’s dance card. Christian rock acts Newsboys, Building 429 and Luminate take the stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Radio Disney’s concert event features Coco Jones, Shealeigh, Chloe and Halle, and Jack Skuller starting at 11 a.m. Sept. 22. Country stars performing 8 p.m. shows during the fair’s run are Casey James Sept. 22, Sara Evans Sept. 26, Thompson Square Sept. 27, Colt Ford Sept. 28 and Mark Wills Sept. 29.
4 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays; 12:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 30. $7; free ages 10 and younger; $3 parking. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. 770-528-8989, www.northgeorgiastate fair.com.