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Preparations under way for Cumming fair

Popular event coming off record year in 2012

POSTED: September 23, 2013 12:28 a.m.
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Roman Puckett and David Pratt, employees of Jimmy R. Brown Concrete, work to install a sky lift chair at the Cumming Fairgrounds last week. Installation of the colorful lifts is the first sign that the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which this year runs Oct. 3-13, is near.

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The horizon over the Cumming Fairgrounds was dotted with brightly colored sky buckets last week.

Dave Horton, the venue’s director, said the installation of the popular ride is always the first sign that the Cumming Country Fair & Festival is approaching.

“When people see those sky lift chairs going up, our phones start ringing off the hook with people asking when the fair starts,” he said.

That would be Oct. 3 this year.

The popular festival with its lineup of carnival rides and games, live shows and not-so-healthy-but-delicious food runs through Oct. 13.

In 2012, the 11-day event posted record-breaking attendance of more than 141,000. The previous record, set in 2006, was about 127,500.

According to Horton, people should expect another strong fair this year.

“I think we’ve got some good acts coming up and I think we’re going to have some pretty big crowds on all the days,” he said.

Some of this year’s main stage performers include Casey James, Don Williams and Kellie Pickler.

Pickler, Horton noted, likely will be a huge draw as she “just came off a win on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and has a new album coming out in the next little bit.”

Horton said this year’s daily ground acts also will be fun.

Some fair staples such as Oscar the Robot and Brian Ruth, Master of the Chainsaw, will return, as well as two new acts.

Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show will be great for younger audiences, while Tiger Encounter will entertain and educate visitors of all ages on the endangered creatures.

The festival will include a number of discounted admission days and ride ticket specials.

Back again this year will be Football Friday Night on Oct. 11, which offers free admission after 9 p.m. with a high school football ticket stub.

Horton said he’s especially happy to offer a new admission special this year on the fair’s closing day.

“If you bring seven non-perishable canned food items Oct. 13, you’ll get a free adult admission ticket,” he’s said. “That’s going to benefit Feed the Hungry Forsyth, a local food pantry. We’re hoping to raise a lot of awareness for them and a lot of food for our community.”

In the days ahead, Horton and his staff will continue working hard to get ready for the fair.

“We’ve got something special every day, whether it’s a free admission day, a ride special, a concert, or a coupon,” he said. “We’re excited about the fair.”

 

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