Coweta County Fair returns to fairgrounds Thursday

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com The Coweta County Fair is almost here -- opening Thursday at the fairgrounds south of Newnan. Monday and Tuesday are the days for entering exhibits, including arts and crafts, canned and baked goods, and agricultural exhibits. Horticulture exhibits will be submitted Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fair runs for 10 days, through Oct. 17, at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. The Newnan Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the annual extravaganza, is again offering the "Mega Pass." The Mega Pass includes admission into the fair and unlimited rides. It costs only $20 but must be bought in advance. Mega Passes will be available through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday at cowetacountyfair.org and at various locations around Coweta. For information on locations, call the Coweta Extension Service at 770-254-2620. If you miss out on the Mega Pass, unlimited ride armbands can be purchased for $20 at the fair, but are only good Sunday through Thursday, and Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m. Admission to the fair is $5; children under 6 get in free. Student passes are good Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and on both Thursdays of the fair's run. On opening night, admission -- and all rides -- will be just $1 each. On both Fridays, visitors get free admission with a high school football game stub. The fair is coming a couple of weeks later than usual this year because the midway company, Belle City Amusements, bought out another company and that company was already obligated to provide rides for a fair the third week in September. The Newnan Kiwanis Club agreed to have the fair later this year. There has been a lot of positive feedback about the later fair date, said Stephanie Ray Butcher, Coweta Extension Service coordinator and a fair organizer. "Folks like that the weather is probably going to be cooler," Butcher said. There are slight concerns that there will be fewer entries in the agricultural categories than in previous years, because of the rainy, cool summer as well as the later date. But "we don't really know what is going to happen with that until it comes fair time," Butcher said. "We're just going to wait and see what happens. "We still want people to bring out the best of the best, whatever they want to show off," she said. There will be changes to the exhibit hall this year. The usual commercial and community booths won't be offered. Some community information will be set up in the hallways, but the exhibit building is going to focus on the exhibits themselves. "We're making it a little more user-friendly," Butcher said. "We're going to have a little bit more space in there. People can walk around and see a little bit better." The only major problem with the date change is that it conflicts with the Georgia National Fair in Perry, which means some of the local 4-H'ers who normally compete in Coweta instead will be in Perry. "It did affect the way that we could organize our cow shows," Butcher said. The dairy heifer show, which is a qualifier for the Georgia National Fair, was held a few weeks ago. But, according to Butcher, that's not too big of an inconvenience. And though no one could have known it when the event was being scheduled, if the fair had been held at its normal time "it would have been almost a complete rain-out," Butcher said. "We are really blessed the weather has fallen the way it has." A wide array of entertainment and demonstrations is planned for this year's fair. The popular Brian Staples Animal Magic show returns with performances on Oct. 11, 12 and 17. Aerial thrill show Galaxy Girl will be a star attraction at the fair. Other entertainment includes the Muttville Comix animal show and daily chainsaw carving demonstrations by the Hard Wood Carvers. A beauty pageant returns for its second year, and new this year is "Idol at the Fair," a singing competition. Registration and a practice for the pageant will be held today at the fairgrounds. The pageant is open to anyone age 23 or younger. Registration for Idol at the Fair closes Oct. 10. The performances will held be on Oct. 15. For more information about the pageant or singing contest, contact Lawana at 770-834-2564 or Maryann at 770-830-0250. An antique tractor show will be on the midway showcase Thursday and Friday, and a motorcycle show will be Saturday. A birds of prey show, a Master Gardener demonstration, the lumberjack competition, and a police K-9 demonstration will also be held Saturday. Poultry games take place on Oct. 14, a dog agility demonstration will be held on Oct. 15, and the 4-H's K-9 club dog show and a cake decorating demonstration is planned on Oct. 16. For more information about the fair, visit www.cowetacountyfair.org or call 770-254-2620.


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