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Fair opens Thursday
Were going to have a good run
Jimmy Moony helps assemble the carousel Tuesday. - photo by Autumn McBride

It’s time for some good ol’ fashioned fun.

The 16th annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival opens Thursday afternoon, bringing rides, entertainment and tasty treats to town.

“It’s got that little nip in the air. It’s fall and good festival weather,” said Dave Horton, fairgrounds administrator. “I think we’re going to have a good run.”

Horton said each of the 11 days features something special, whether it’s admission discounts, ride specials or concerts.

Tonight’s opening day special offers free admission and $18 for unlimited rides.

From the top of the Ferris wheel to the bottom of the bumper cars, Horton said the rides are a big draw for children of all ages.

“If they’re here at night, they need to take a ride on the sky lift because you can see the whole layout of the fair and of course all the different color canopies and lights,” he said. “It’s something I like to do at the end of the fair.”

This year, a few new rides for younger children have been added, including a few that parents can also enjoy.

And as usual, the Indian Village and Heritage Village, which are based year round at the fairgrounds, will be open for free.

The concerts and all entertainment acts are also free with admission.

Fair-goers can see Frisbee and dock dogs, the “Master of the Chainsaw” wood carver, a wildlife show, dance acts and musicians,
just to name a few.

“Bring some comfortable walking shoes because you can certainly put on some miles going from one end to the other,” Horton said.

He suggested that people pick their days to attend based on the night’s specials or entertainment.

While rain washed out some of the bigger crowds last year, the weather forecast looks nice and clear for most of the fair’s run this year, and Horton anticipates a busy festival.

“If the weather holds out, I expect each night to be a very good crowd,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll fill ‘er up.”