Coweta County Fair earlier this year


The Coweta County Fair is returning to a more traditional schedule this year.

By KRISTIAN HAMMOND The 2011 Coweta County Fair will be held Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, going back to the tradition of holding the fair on the third and fourth weeks of September. "When we changed fair contractors we had to change the dates" to the first two weeks of October, explained Stephanie Butcher, director of the Coweta County Extension Service who works coordinating the fair with the Newnan Kiwanis Club. "But we're going back to the old way. It's just taken us two or three years to do that."
The fair's date of the period around the third and fourth week in September dates back almost 50 years. The time is opportune for agricultural displays and contests. "The later into October we get, the harder it is for agricultural exhibits," explained Butcher. "Since many people want to enter their produce in contests or put on exhibits, but have already sold their produce the later in October we get, the earlier is really the better." Some events at the fair this year will include Brian Staple's Animal Magic Show, Chase's Racing Pigs, and Muttville Comix, a family- friendly dog show. "We are also going to have Earthquest there for four days this year, which is the longest we've ever had him," Butcher noted. "He has the Birds of Prey show at the Renaissance Festival and he will have that here too but will also have a parrot house open. We're really excited about it." Entry into the fair is $5. The unlimited ride armbands for the midway will be $25, and individual ride tickets will be $1 each, with rides ranging from three to five tickets to ride. "We are having the Megapass again this year," said Scott Courtner, fair chairman for the Newnan Kiwanis Club. "They will be sold up till midnight the day before the fair and will be $25, so you will be saving $5 when you buy one." More information about advance purchase will be available closer to fair time.

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