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Festival enters final weekend

Forecast calls for fun, sun

POSTED: October 12, 2013 12:24 a.m.
 

If you haven’t made it to the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, there’s still time — just not much.

The annual 11-day festival wraps up this weekend, with bull riding events at 8 tonight and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Today, free admission and rides will be available from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, guests can receive free admission if they bring seven cans of food. The canned goods will be donated to Feed the Hungry Forsyth, a nonprofit providing meals to local families in need.

Dave Horton, fairgrounds director, said he’s looking forward to a positive ending to what has been a successful fair.

“We’ve had great crowds. We’ve been real pleased with the turnout so far,” he said. “Of course, the weather has really been good to us.”

He said he was afraid, after early forecasts, that a couple of days might be lost to rain.

“But they kept updating the forecast and it kept getting better and better, and we wound up with maybe 30 or 45 minutes on Sunday that got a little wet, but since then it’s been pretty with a nice fall feel.”

The conditions have allowed crowds to enjoy all the fair has to offer.

Horton said the event’s live concerts, which ended Thursday with Kellie Pickler, were all well attended, as have been the daily ground acts.

“We try not to overlap our ground acts too much so people are able to go from the puppet show to the tiger show to the horse show and then catch Brian Ruth [Master of the Chainsaw] … so if they’re here for a couple of hours they’ll be able to get to each show and catch everything,” he said.

Horton is looking for more crowds today and Sunday with the closing American Bull Riders Tour.

“It draws a good crowd and good cowboys,” he said. “We’ll have probably 30-plus riding each night. It’s a good act for folks to come see because it’s something they can go watch for a while and then go ride rides and come back.”

He’s also hoping Mother Nature continues to smile.

“Weather permitting, we’re looking for beautiful sunshiny days and good fall weather,” he said. “We hope to see a lot of old friends and meet some new ones out here to close it up.”

 

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