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Cumming Country Fair & Festival opens Thursday
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The city of Cumming’s biggest event of the year — and all the food, fun and music it brings — is just around the corner. 

The Cumming Country Fair & Festival will kick off Oct. 5 and will bring country music stars, thrilling rides, exciting live acts and unique food to downtown Cumming through Oct. 15. Several days at the fair will have theme nights, including senior citizens day, student night and football Friday night. 

While the fair will be headlined by musicians Kellie Pickler on Oct. 6, Gene Watson on Oct. 10, and Thompson Square on Oct. 12, locals will also be putting on performances. 

“On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we have what we call local stage,” said Fairground Administrator Dave Horton. “We have groups like gymnastics demonstrations, we have two or three dance troupes that come in and do demonstrations, we have a beauty pageant on Saturday and we have some local bands.” 

The winner of the beauty pageant, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7, will be the next Miss Cumming Fair. 

For comic book fans, the Marvel Superhero Team will perform interactive shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, which is also Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Day. CHOA will host a parade at 6 p.m. 

“Spider-man, Thor, Captain America, some of the superheroes will be there,” Horton said.

The fair will close out with two Days of the American Bullriders Tour on Oct. 14 and 15.  

“It’s generally 30-40 riders each night,” Horton said. “It’s a good show. It’s a lot of riders coming in for that.” 

New ground acts — Lady Houdini, Cowboy Woody, Firemen High Dive Show, Atlanta Puppet Show and Horses Horses Horses — will join annual acts Master of Chainsaw Brian Ruth, Oscar the Robot and Michelle’s Magical Poodles. 

“This year we have Lady Houdini who does all the water escapes that Houdini did,” Horton said. “In fact, she’s done more than Houdini did.”

Horton said the Fireman High Dive Show will feature a huge tower and jumping into a “little bitty pool.”

“The last night of the show, they do a fire dive where the guy is up there and lights himself on fire, then dives in the water.”

The fair will also feature the Cherokee Indian Village, which consists of two historical log cabins and other buildings and traditional performances and demonstrations. Also year round at the fairground is Heritage Village, a “living history exhibit” with a blacksmith shop, saw mill, cotton gin and many other historical buildings and exhibits. 

The fair will also have the essential rides and foods that fairs are expected to have. About 40 midway rides will be provided by James H. Drew Exposition.

Of course, the midway will also feature some traditional fair food, along with local vendors selling food and other items.

Tickets for the fair are $7 for ages 11 and up and free for those 10 and under and can only be paid for with cash. An ATM will be on-site. For more information, go to CummingFair.net.