Coweta Fair Opens Today: 10-day run at Pine Road fairgrounds

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Crews from Dixieland Carnival Company were busy Wednesday setting up the midway rides and game booths for tonight’s opening of the 2011 Kiwanis Coweta County Fair, which runs through Oct. 1 at the fairgrounds on Pine Road.

From STAFF REPORTS news@newnan.com From the midway lights and family entertainment to a chance to see a taste of Coweta's agricultural heritage, there is something for everyone at the 2011 Kiwanis Coweta County Fair. The fair opens tonight and continues through Oct. 1 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds south of Newnan.
Proceeds from the fair are distributed by the Newnan Kiwanis Club to a host of local community groups and projects. Entertainment for this year's fair includes new attractions and returning favorites. Among some of the special entertainment, the Brian Staples Animal Magic show will be performed daily. Chase's Racing Pigs perform through Tuesday in the Food Court area. Johnny Peers and his Muttville Comix perform daily, and next week fair-goers can see the EarthQuest Birds of Prey and Parrot House Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at the midway showcase. A mobile dairy classroom will be at the Food Court area Sept. 29 from 5-9 p.m. Individual entries in competitions from handicrafts to horticulture will be judged and displayed in the exhibit hall. The Georgia chapter of ICES -- the International Cake Explorations Societé -- has chosen the Coweta County Fair for its 2011 Georgia ICES Cake Show. The cakes will be available for viewing on Sept. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. Many Coweta youth -- and some adults -- work all year to get ready for the livestock competitions, and the Coweta 4-H will again provide a petting zoo until 9 p.m. daily at the ag building. The annual Lumberjack Competition for adults by the Georgia Forestry Commission will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. Registration is on-site, beginning at 5:30 p.m. There are men's and women's divisions and events are: individual crosscut saw, log roll, pulpwood toss, and poll climbing. Among the animal and livestock events: the 4-H K9 Klub dog show will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the food court. Rabbit showmanship will be Monday at 6:30 in the agriculture building. Poultry showmanship will be Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in the ag building. The dairy heifer show will be Oct. 1 at noon in the livestock arena, and the showmanship sweepstakes final will be held Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The 4-H horse show is planned for Saturday at the horse arena near the fairgrounds entrance. The starting time has not been determined. The fairgrounds are located at 275 Pine Road. Hours for the fair are Monday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; and Sunday, 2-10 p.m. Gate admission is $5. Ride armbands will be available for purchase during designated times or $25. The armbands get the holder unlimited rides during specified times on the day of issue. Individual tickets for rides are available during normal fair hours. Cost of rides varies. Among some of the specials for this year's fair, on Sunday, $25 ride armbands will be valid 2-10 p.m.; on Monday is Chick-fil-A Night, with $5 off a ride armband with coupon; Sept. 27-29, ride armbands will be valid 5-11 p.m.; and on Saturday, Oct. 1, all active duty and retired military will be admitted free with military ID, and ride armbands will be valid noon-5 p.m. For more information about the fair call 770-254-2620 or visit www.cowetacountyfair.org


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