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Fall favorite opens Thursday
Runs through Oct. 14 at the fairgrounds
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If you’re going

The Cumming Country Fair & Festival begins at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road. For complete entertainment schedules, pricing and other information, see inside today’s edition or visit

Despite a rainy start to the week, sunny skies and mild temperatures should greet visitors as the Cumming Country Fair & Festival begins.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday to kick off the annual festival, with the National Weather Service forecast calling for sunny skies and a temperature above 80 degrees.

Dave Horton, fairgrounds director, said he’s hoping for that kind of weather throughout the 11-day event.  

“Of course we’re hoping we’ll have a very good weather run so that everybody can enjoy the fall festival,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll have nice fall weather.”

Horton added that this year’s fair will provide plenty of diverse opportunities for family fun.

“I think we’ve got an exciting lineup all the way through,” he said.

That lineup includes several concerts and ground acts, all free with the cost of admission.

Among the performers are Chris Cauley of Cumming, who appeared earlier this year on NBC’s “The Voice” TV series, and Gloriana, who have had chart-topping hits in the country music world.

Cauley takes the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Gloriana at 8:30 p.m.

On Oct. 9, Confederate Railroad and the Kentucky Headhunters will perform at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively.

Festival favorite the Charlie Daniels Band returns at 8 p.m. Oct. 11, while Marvel Avengers characters are set for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

Among the ground acts, which appear at various times and locations throughout the festival, are Brian Ruth Master of the Chainsaw and Kachunga and the Alligator Show.

Ruth transforms blocks of raw wood into sculpture with just a chainsaw, while Kachunga wrestles a 9-foot alligator.

Other shows include a BMX Stunt Show and Horses, Horses, Horses.

The James H. Drew Exposition will return with more than 40 of carnival rides and numerous games on the fair midway, and the North Georgia Petting Zoo and Pony Rides will bring plenty of animals for children’s amusement.

For the second year in a row, the festival’s closing weekend will feature the American Bull Riders Tour.

“The bull riding tour was very well received last year, so I think that’s even going to be better as far as numbers of riders and so on,” Horton said.