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Cumming Country Fair & Festival begins
Fun continues through Oct. 13
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Robert Stiver, right, steadies a tent pole as JoJo Miller drives a stake into the ground during preparations for the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which opens tonight. The tent they were assembling will cover a stand that sells turkey legs. - photo by Jim Dean

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For more information about this year’s Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which runs Oct. 3-13, go to www.cummingfair.net.

Fall has arrived and with it so has the Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

The 11-day event kicked off at 4 p.m. Thursday with free admission for opening day, which ran through 10 p.m.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the event is something many people look forward to all year.

“It’s a big social time for the whole 11 days,” he said. “It’s a highlight of the year.”

Dave Horton, director of the Cumming Fairgrounds, said this year’s lineup of entertainers and other family fun is sure to please every member of the family.

“I think we’ve got some pretty good acts coming up and I think we’re going to have some pretty big crowds on all the days,” he said.

Among the free concerts throughout the festival are Greg Bates and Casey James on Friday, Don Williams Oct. 8, and Kellie Pickler on Oct. 10.

Daily ground acts include returning favorites Oscar the Robot, Brian Ruth Master of the Chainsaw and the North Georgia Petting Zoo and Pony Rides.

Horses, Horses, Horses, which debuted at the local fair last year, will return, while the Tiger Encounter and Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show are two new acts this year.

As always, the fair will also provide a wide-range of midway rides and games for all ages from the James H. Drew Exposition, and vendors offering everything from hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza to deep-fried Oreos, funnel cakes and homemade ice cream.

The fairgrounds’ permanent historical exhibits, Heritage and Cherokee Indian Villages, will be on display throughout the festival’s run.