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Country Fair & Festival opens
‘Almost can't see it all in one day'
Fair Set Up 7 es
A Bengal tiger named Tora rests in her cage. - photo by Emily Saunders

Today, 4-10 p.m.            
Friday, 4 p.m. - midnight
Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight
Sunday, 12:30 - 7 p.m.
Monday through Oct. 15,  4-10 p.m.
Oct. 16,  4 p.m. - midnight
Oct. 17,  10 a.m. - midnight
Oct. 18,  12:30 - 7 p.m.    

To get to the fairgrounds, take Ga. 400 to Exit 15 (Bald Ridge Marina Road) and turn left.
Continue straight through four traffic lights.
Turn left at fifth light on Hwy. 20 East.
At the first light, turn right onto Castleberry Road.
The fairgrounds will be on the right.     

Adults: $7
Students ages 5-18: $3
Children under age 4: Free
Parking is $3.

Ride tickets:
Tickets are $1 each, $20 for 22 tickets and $50 for 55 tickets. All rides require more than one ticket. The fair will offer $18 pay-one-price ride specials Oct. 8 and 13, as well as a $12 pay-one-price ride special Oct. 12.


Phone: (770) 781-3491; Web site:

Wondering what’s worth checking out at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival this year?

Here’s some advice from the man who lives and breathes the annual event, which runs through Oct. 18.

“Take your time, wander around,” said Dave Horton, fairgrounds administrator.

“There’s a lot to see. It’s one of those things, you almost can’t see it all in one day.”

The festival kicks off this afternoon, and Horton said the people who make it happen have rolled into town.

Horton said it’s the amusement park rides that people flock toward when first arriving.

“Once they’ve got the fix from their first ride, they’ll go get a corn dog or funnel cake,” he said.

Other favorite fair features include sky bucket rides, ground acts, the Cherokee and Heritage villages and evening concerts.

This year’s event features performances from well-known artists such as Charlie Daniels and Lorrie Morgan, as well as those on their way to the top.

The midway boasts more than 40 rides and carnival games. Popular draws include the Seattle Wheel, the Himalaya, the Pirate Ship, the Cyclops, the Ion and the Enterprise Wheel.

Ground acts include the 2009 Skin & Bones Comedy Circus, the Frisco Brothers Elephant Show and Tiger Encounter and the Penguins of the Arctic High Dive Show.

“We’ve got Heritage and Indian village for history buffs. For thrill seekers, there’s rides out here to give them thrills, and we’ve got some great music for music lovers,” Horton said.

“We hope people come out and have a good time. We’re sure looking forward to it.”