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Fair weather returns
Forecast calls for dry weekend
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Forsyth County News
Today, 4 p.m. - midnight
Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight
Sunday, 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.

Phone: (770) 781-3491; Web site:
Weather has clouded the first week of the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, but Dave Horton is hoping for blue skies from now on.

“We’re behind a little bit ... but right now, we’re only about 7,500 behind as far as the number of people through the gates,” said Horton, fairgrounds administrator. “We had opening night Thursday, a good Sunday and then Tuesday were record days.”

With the forecast calling for clear skies and fall-like temperatures this weekend, Horton is ready to break some new records on the final weekend of the annual fair.

“Saturdays and Sundays are always huge days for us anyway ... but hopefully there will be more folks that come out who maybe missed it the first weekend,” he said.

“We’ve got a very good possibility of having record-breaking days this weekend. That’s what we’re hoping for anyway.”

Last Friday night had high numbers, but high school football took its toll, Horton said, particularly the North Forsyth-South Forsyth rivalry game.

Tonight’s homecoming game at Forsyth Central could also impact attendance, though prep football has always been an obstacle for the fair.

No less meddlesome than the rain this year has been the weather forecast itself.

“The weatherman was predicting pretty hard rain most of the day Saturday, and I think a lot of people were just worried to come out — that they would come in and it would start raining,” Horton said.

“People were listening to the weatherman and we had about half the number of people we normally would have on Saturday. But for the people that were here, they got plenty of time for rides and everything else ... it was a great day.”

Heavy rains caused officials to close the fair on Monday before turnout bounced back Tuesday. Drizzle returned Wednesday and Thursday.

Though Horton said the attendance shortfall will be difficult to compensate for this weekend, it won’t be impossible.

“We could make that up,” he said. “But we’re an outdoor event and you can’t control the weather. So we’re going to have some years we do very well and we’re going to have some years where we’re going to break even.

“So you just hope you don’t get four or five years of bad weather. You can’t lose sleep on the weather or you’re in the wrong business.”