By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Fair weather boosts turnout
Festival runs through Sunday
Sisters Olivia, left, and Charlotte Perrone enjoy a ride at the fair. - photo by Autumn McBride

At a glance

The Cumming Country Fair & Festival is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday; . For more information, pick up a fair guide at the Forsyth County News booth, near Gate A at the fairgrounds.

The Cumming Country Fair & Festival posted some record turnout days during its opening weekend.

Thursday and Sunday set record highs, fairgrounds administrator Dave Horton said, and Saturday’s opening was the second largest ever.

“The weather has been extremely cooperative. Couldn’t ask for better conditions,” Horton said. “It’s not too cold and not getting wet.”

Rainy weather disrupted last year’s festival. 

Aside from clear, sunny skies this year, Horton said the deals at the fair appeal to local folks looking to have fun and spend wisely.

“It’s close to home. It’s a good value. There’s enough ride specials going on,” he said. “You can come in on gate admission and really do a lot of things without spending money.”

The fair runs through Sunday. Specials vary by day, but can include two-for-one rides, free admission or unlimited rides.

Today’s special is unlimited rides for $18.

Free admission and rides for the first hour on Saturday resulted in long lines. The same offer will be repeated this Saturday.

Horton said it’s been the rides that children enjoy the most, but the entertainment has been drawing crowds as well.

This past weekend, an unexpected act, the Statue Lady, impressed visitors with her ability to stand either completely still or move just one arm very slowly.

Small and large acts come free with admission, including this week’s concerts.

Phil Stacey and Chris Sligh, both of “American Idol” fame, will perform tonight.

Country artist Craig Morgan will take the stage Thursday, while Tanya Tucker will wrap up the big musical acts Friday.

No major incidents or behavior problems occurred at the fair over the weekend, though Horton said there were a few children who spit from the sky lift, something that gets them removed from the fair.

The weather forecast calls for cooler temperatures and sunny skies the rest of the week, which Horton said should help the fair continue its “good run.”