By AUSTIN RAPP
MARIETTA, Ga. – In the wake of autumn’s arrival, families around Georgia look forward to attending the 79th North Georgia State Fair.
The fair takes place in Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta, Georgia and has been held every September through October, hosting local vendors, talent and entertainment, since 1936. Each year, more than 300,000 people visit the fair to enjoy attractions, live music and food from vendors from around metro-Atlanta.
The fair boasts a number of popular mainstay attractions annually, including Sea Lion Splash, a water show with trained Sea Lions, and Brian Ruth, a woodworker who, using a chainsaw, crafts works of art from old tree stumps. New attractions for 2015 include the “Human Cannonball,” an extreme athlete who launches himself out of a makeshift cannon and “Wolves of the World,” a trained wolf pack that puts on a show for the whole family.
“I can’t wait for the fair. My parents and I used to go to one when I was a girl and now I want to take my family there as well,” said attendee Robin Mancini. “I think my son would have a great time there.”
Admission to the fair is $5 for adults and $2 for students, and children under 7 are admitted, free of charge, ensuring that everyone can partake in the festivities.
“I think the fair lowering prices is a great decision, not all parents can spare the money when their whole family is going – especially when they plan on purchasing food and other things like souvenirs or games for their children within the fair grounds.
“It all adds up,” said Abbie Woodlee, a local college student. “Much of the money spent in the fair is spent after the admission fee, which is very cheap this year.”
In addition to the attractions, live music will return to the forefront of the fair. A number of local musicians will perform at the fairgrounds, from country superstar Kellie Pickler to local acts such as Dustin Lynch and Mark Wills. Concerts will begin on Saturday, Sept. 25, and run until Oct. 4, and families are encouraged to bring children of all ages.
“I love live music, and I have always appreciated concerts that were family friendly, so the North Georgia Fair is one of my favorites,” said Mackenzie Hackney. “I love country music so much, and seeing so many acts for so little money is such a great deal.”
The event is sponsored by a number of companies that call the metro-Atlanta area home. Superior Plumbing is organizing and funding the event this year, as the main sponsor. Carl Black of Kennesaw and the Georgia Lottery joined Superior Plumbing in sponsorship this year. Sponsor opportunities are still available, and sponsors are able to host their company at the largest fair in metro-Atlanta, gaining exceptional coverage from local news sources and plenty of exposure. With lots of foot traffic that will arrive this year, sponsorship would be beneficial to many area businesses.