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Fall fair fun: A guide to North Georgia’s fairs

Sept. 22 is the start of fall. That means more layers but less sweat, and also apple-and-cinnamon-flavored items, which are obviously superior to pumpkin.

But it also means fairs.

Check out an autumnal activity array all about a good time.


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North Georgia State Fair in Marietta (Sept. 20-30)

Billed as metro Atlanta’s largest fair, this one draws about 300,000 people every year.

As always, there will be live music along with rides and fair fare. The fair runs Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

It will be at the new Jim R. Miller Park, which cost taxpayers $13 million to overhaul, 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.


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Abigal Green uses a water gun to win a prize. (Phil Skinner/AJC)

Kiwanis Coweta County Fair in Newnan (Sept. 21-30)

“Dewayne’s Magical Balloon Show” is a thing you can watch at this fair. Admission to all the festivities is $5 per a person and free for children age 5 and younger.

There will also be live music and livestock shows. Don’t you dare forget about 4-H rabbit and goat shows.

You can check out the hours here.

The Coweta County Fairgrounds are at 275 Pine Road in Newnan.


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Georgia State Fair at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton (Sept. 28-Oct. 7)

From camel rides to white tiger displays and a butterfly exhibit, this fair is going to be wild.

Plus, you can meet AND greet Sky Katz, who plays Tess from Disney’s “Raven’s Home” on Sept. 30 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Three to four times a day, there will be pig races. Find out fair hours here.

The Speedway is at 1500 Tara Place in Hampton.


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Cumming Country Fair & Festival (Oct. 4-14)

Brian Ruth using only his chainsaw will turn a two-foot-long log into a work of art before your eyes. BEHOLD: Brian Ruth, Master of the Chainsaw.

He will walk among us mere mortals during this fair several days and then auction off his creations on Oct. 13. The Master of the Chainsaw is but one of several acts coming to Cumming. There will also be a pageant.

For everyone ages 11 and older, admission is $7. The hours can be found here.

Also, for the “2018 Food Preservation and Baking Contest” entry form, click here.

Plug this into your GPS: 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming.


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Elberton 12-County Fair (Oct. 11-20)

The theme this year is “Harvest the Memories,” so prepare to reap what you have sown.

Organizers said on the fair’s website that more than 35,000 people attend.

Admission is $5, and a pass for unlimited rides is $22. The schedule includes a karate demonstration and “Professional Big Time Wrestling” along with The 3 Sisters. Presumably, they are three sisters. The schedule (good luck reading it online) can be found here.

Listed among the information for the 4-H competitions is a list of rules for the scarecrow competition. So beware of that if you scare easily.

The fairgrounds can be found at 350 N. Oliver St. in Elberton.


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Prater’s Mill Country Fair in Dalton (Oct. 13-14)

This fair starts at 9 a.m. both days; its runs until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m on Sunday.

Advnace tickets can be purchased online for $7.50. Started in 1971 to restore a dilapidated 1855 grist mill, the fair showcases Southern music and food. Oh, and there will be pony rides.

Here’s the comprehensive map and exhibitor guide. Parking is free, and the address is 5845 Ga-2 in Dalton.


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Chiaha Harvest Fair in Rome (Oct. 28-29)

Expect “toe-tappin’ entertainment” and “finger-lickin’ food” at this fair.

But what their known for is the quality of craftsmanship by its artists who attend.

Feel free to roam around from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ridge Ferry Park, 363 Riverside Parkway in Rome.

People 2 People August 25, 2018

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