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Hair care at the fair? Cuts are for a cause
Salons' effort benefits CMN
Natalie Root, manager of the Greens Corner Great Clips location on Bethelview Road, gives a $5 haircut at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival. The offer runs until midnight Friday. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Getting a haircut probably isn’t one of the activities people think of when heading to the Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

But thanks to a local salon chain, you can in fact get a haircut there.

Kimberly Karnitz said all Forsyth County Great Clips locations are participating in the fundraiser during the annual festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

For $5, anyone can get a haircut and 100 percent of the cost goes to Children’s Miracle Network.

Karnitz, manager of the Lakeland Plaza Great Clips, explained the fair haircuts are part of a larger campaign in all Great Clips locations for the network.

"We started the first day of the fair and it’s been incredible," Karnitz said. "We weren’t able to work Monday and Tuesday because of the rain, but before that we had raised over $2,500 for Children’s Miracle Network."

She explained that each year, every Great Clips location is encouraged to raise at least $1,000 in donations for the organization.

The fair is one way to help all Forsyth locations meet that goal.

"We haves stylists from all the locations working at different times," she said.

"They all donate their time and skills, and then proceeds for each day are divided among the stores who had stylists working that day."

Each salon location is also offering a promotion through Oct. 31 in which customers can donate to Children’s Miracle Network in exchange for a coupon good for $2 off their next haircut.

"They can donate any amount they want — $1, $2, we’ve even had some $50 donations," she said.

As far as fair haircuts, which will continue until midnight Friday, Karnitz said there’s been a wide variety.

"We’ve seen a lot of mullets," she said. "In fact for a while we were saying people could come get their mullet refined for CMN."

Appropriately enough, the haircuts are being offered in the fairgrounds’ old-time barber shop in Heritage Village.

"We’ve had a little bit of everybody you could think of, from carnies to participants at the fair," Karnitz said.

"We’ve had a really, really good time and it’s all for a great cause."