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It’s fair time in Cumming

POSTED: September 29, 2013 8:00 a.m.
 

Sick of hearing about health care? Weary from worrying about the ecnomy? Repulsed by the latest antics of the celebrity set? Need an attitude adjustment?

The city of Cumming has the perfect way for you to take a break from the sometimes overwhelming reality show of life. The Cumming Country Fair & Festival is coming back to town.

The 19th annual edition of the fair starts Thursday and for 11 days will fill the city with the sights and sounds of people having fun. Each fall the atmosphere around the city seems to lighten just a little when the smell of cotton candy, the lights of carnival rides and the laughter of people young and old fill the air.

This year’s edition of the annual event promises to be one of the best ever, with a stellar lineup of concert performers that ranges from Don Williams, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, to Kellie Pickler, the singer who recently captured the hearts of millions as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Crowd favorites such as Oscar the Robot and chainsaw master Brian Ruth will be back, along with a variety of other acts to entertain fairgoers. Visitors will have an opportunity to see everything from live tigers to silly puppets, and of course there will be the traditional midway with its rides and games.

It’s important to note a number of things that differentiate the Cumming fair from others. The first is the fairgrounds itself, which is an exemplary facility for such an event. Paved walkways, a strong security presence, a commitment to cleanliness and an exceptional staff make the city’s fairgrounds a pleasure to visit, no matter how many fairs you’ve attended.

Also unique to the local fair is its focus on history, with the Heritage and Cherokee Indian villages and the working demonstrations of trades and crafts from an earlier time in the county’s history, such as the syrup-making operation and the sawmill.

And of course there is the Tyson chicken house, a fan favorite where visitors can actually watch baby chicks grow over the course of the fair’s duration.

The fair has become such a tradition that many people look forward to returning just to touch base with friends and neighbors they are likely to see among the crowd. It truly has become an event around which the community can proudly rally.

Last year more than 140,000 people enjoyed the fun of the Cumming fair, and it’s a certainty that many of them will be back this year. It’s become a tradition for many families, who look forward each year to the opportunity to simply relax and have fun for a few hours.

The fun starts Thursday. See you there.

 

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