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Despite rainy days, festival fares well
Preparations for 2012 under way
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Visitors ride the skylift during the Cumming Country Fair & Festival. Despite some rain, organizers were pleased with the turnout. - photo by Autumn Vetter


Planning has already begun for next year’s Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

Despite a few rainy days and a cancelled concert, fairgrounds administrator Dave Horton said they “actually had a very good fair.”

“We wound up with a total of 111,033 (attendance),” Horton said. “Last year, we had 11 beautiful days and we had 122,000 then.”

Horton said he’ll soon be checking out schedules and fees for entertainers and ground acts in 2012.

The 17th annual fair ran this year from Oct. 6 through Sunday. Horton noted that Oct. 10, which had low attendance because of rain, was a free night for students and is usually as busy as a weekend night.

“So that was a tough night to lose, but we were very pleased with our numbers,” Horton said.

What may have also affected overall attendance was the cancellation of the Charlie Daniels Band’s performance following the death of Joel “Taz” DiGregorio, longtime keyboard player and vocalist for the group.

This year would’ve marked the band’s ninth appearance at the fair. Horton said they may come back next year.

“That’s something we’ll talk about in the winter months with them,” he said. “We’d love to bring them back.”

Cumming Police Sgt. Bryan Zimbardi said the fair went surprisingly well for law enforcement.

Three juveniles were arrested for disorderly conduct, and several people, mostly youngsters, were ejected for pushing and shoving and for spitting off the skylift.

He said some kids also were caught transferring hand stamps for unlimited rides to their friends, who hadn’t paid for them.

“We had quite a few of those, but that was pretty much it,” Zimbardi said.