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Here comes the fair
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Ryan Elizabeth Avery, 4, and her mother, Jodi Avery, enjoy a ride during last year's Cumming Country Fair & Festival.This year's fair opens Thursday.

The sight of colorful sky buckets along Castleberry Road can mean only one thing — the fair is back in town.

Adminstrator Dave Horton and his fairgrounds staff are putting the finishing touches on preparations for Thursday’s opening of the 15th annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

Horton said they've been "getting the place spic and span trying to get ready for the onslaught of folks that will be coming in.”

Joining many of the popular returning rides return this year is Enterprise Wheel, a 60-foot-tall, 360-degree roller coaster loop.

“I think that’s going to be a pretty impressive ride,” Horton said.

While ground acts and rides are a big hit, there’s also the Cherokee Indian Village, vendors and the booths of various organizations, including First Baptist Church of Cumming.

“We have a talented group of about 30 face painters and they practice two Sundays a month for a year to get ready for this," said Lee Weeks, associate pastor.

The booth also offers free photos using various fair attractions or a flower and pumpkin display as a backdrop.

For Horton, the fair is like a reunion.

“It’s just fun to watch the people come in and out, meet new folks and see old friends,” he said. “And eating a corn dog and fried Oreo is not too bad either.”