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Festival off and running
Mara Ashley Archer enjoys a carousel ride at the opening day of the fair. - photo by Autumn McBride

At a glance

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

The 16th annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival is off to a bustling start, with happy crowds and sunny skies.

The fair, which runs daily through Oct. 17, offers something for nearly everyone, from rides and games to live music and performers.

This weekend, the food was the early draw.

Amanda, Pablo and Sebastian Seymour stopped on the midway for a well-known fair staple.

“Cotton candy was on the brain,” Amanda Seymour said as 2-year-old Sebastian munched on the sweet treat.

“He loves the shark (slide),” she said. “He did that last year, and the little motorcycles. He likes anything that goes fast.”

Charlene Staton and her husband, John, have sold homemade ice cream at the fair for the past nine years.

Staton said they sell the cool confection in cones or by the bowl, with peach as everybody’s favorite flavor.

“We do a hot fudge brownie, hot apple dumpling and hot fudge sundae,” she said.

The fair also features the Heritage Village, where visitors can check out a general store, post office and other historical exhibits.

Other fair attractions include chainsaw art, a petting zoo and bear performances.

For Olivia Perrone, 12, and her 9-year-old sister, Charlotte, the Kite Flyer was the ride to check out.

“It was fun,” Olivia Perrone said.

The Pinecrest Academy students said they come to the fair every year.

Each of the 11 days of the fair features something special, whether it’s admission discounts, ride specials or concerts.

Sunday is senior citizen day and Monday is student night.