The Gwinnett County Fair is back. (Credit: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds Facebook page)

Gwinnett County Fair 2019: When to go, what to do

The Gwinnett County Fair is back, with livestock, wild rides and delicious treats.

The annual fair kicks off at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Sept. 12 with free admission for all guests. You can buy tickets for other days online in advance; adult tickets cost $8, and children and senior tickets cost $3. You can buy a combined ticket and unlimited ride stamp for $17. Ticket prices at the fair will $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Children aged 5 and under get in free.

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If you want to max out your ride time, you may want to purchase an unlimited ride pass. Those passes are $20 on weekdays (or $18 if you bring a non-perishable food item for donation) and $25 on Saturdays and Sundays. Individual ride tickets are $1.25, and most rides require three to five tickets. 

The carnival is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Exhibit halls are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

There are four shows being performed multiple times a night at the fair:

• The Edge 2-Wheel Action Show features BMX bicyclists performing jumps and tricks. Shows are at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. every day and 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

• Gutsy the Flying Fox is a gymnastics show featuring gymnast and veteran mascot performer Kirk Johnson as “Gutsy.” Shows are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day and 4 p.m. on Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

• Dr. Magical Balloons Show is “a mix of balloon shenanigans, fantastic magic and engaging comedy,” according to the fair’s website. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day and 4 p.m. on Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

• Paul Bunyun Lumberjack Show combines history with demonstrations of lumberjack skills including axe throwing, log rolling and chainsaw racing. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. every day and 5 p.m. on Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

There is also daily programming focused around livestock showing. Here’s what you can expect every day at the fair: 

Thursday, Sept. 12

All day: Free admission

1 p.m.: Dairy goat show

Friday, Sept. 13

5 p.m.: Combined showmanship, market lamb show and breeding ewe show

Saturday, Sept. 14

11 a.m.: Wool judging

11:30 a.m.: Market goat show

7 p.m.: Miss Gwinnett County Pageant

Sunday, Sept. 15

11:30 a.m.: Youth pageants begin

12 p.m.: Flekvieh show, combined breed showmanship, Simmental and Percentage show

Monday, Sept. 16

4 p.m.: Santa Gertrudis show

5 p.m.: Hereford show, combined breed showmanship, black Angus show

7:30 p.m.: Malpass Brothers concert

Tuesday, Sept. 17

7:30 p.m.: Billy Crash Craddock concert

Wednesday, Sept. 18

4 p.m.: Open sheep show

7:30 p.m.: Illrd Tyme Out concert

Thursday, Sept. 19

5:30 p.m.: Charolais, red Angus, Chi-Influence, Gelbvieh, Shorthorn and other registered breeds shows

7:30 p.m.: The Grains of Sand concert

Friday, Sept. 20

5 p.m.: Commercial heifer show, combined breed showmanship and steer show

Saturday, Sept. 21

1 p.m.: Dairy heifer show

Sunday, Sept. 22

8 a.m.: Sunday school in the barn

9 a.m.: Swine show

The Gwinnett County Fairgrounds are located at 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

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