Last chance for Fair Mega Pass

From Staff Reports news@newnan.com The 2008 Coweta County Fair opens Thursday for a 10-day run through Sept. 27 at the fairgrounds on Pine Road south of Newnan. The Coweta fair, held annually for more than 60 years, is sponsored by Newnan Kiwanis Club. Today is the last day to purchase an advance $20 Coweta Fair Mega Pass, which offers a $5 savings over the combined cost of $5 gate admission and a $20 midway rides unlimited rides armband.
With a Mega Pass you do not have to visit the ticket booths for either admission or rides for a one-day fair visit. The Mega Pass can be purchased at the various retail locations until 5 p.m., or until 11:59 p.m. online. Passes can be purchased at: A. Mitchell Powell Public Library on Hospital Road in Newnan, Bank of Coweta, Bicycles Unlimited in Peachtree City, Coweta County Extension Service, First Choice Community Bank locations, First Coweta Bank locations, McIntosh Commercial Bank locations, Newnan Antique Mall, Rutledge Center at 55 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. and Scott's Bookstore on the South Court Square. Online purchases will be available for pickup at the designated Mega Pass entrance beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, and purchasers are asked to have a photo ID available. Midway rides are again by Belle City Amusements. Also see exhibits, daily educational activities and entertainment. Highlights for the 2008 fair are a free concert (with admission) Sept. 25 by country music rising star duo The Wrights, who have Newnan ties; Family Fun Saturday Sept. 20, the Little Miss Coweta County contest Sept. 23, Teen Miss West Georgia/ Teen Miss Kiwanis Coweta Fair Sept. 24 (for details see www.misswestgeorgia.com or call 770-947-3260), a classic car show Sept. 21 and 4-H Showmanship Sweepstakes Sept. 27. There are two petting zoos this year -- the 4-H gathering of farm animals and an "Exotic Petting Zoo" with camels, kangaroos and zebras. Back by popular demand is Brian Staples' Animal Magic with more showtimes Sun., Sept. 21 at 2, 3:30 and 4:45 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., Sept. 22-26 at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m.; and Sat. Sept. 27 at 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Fair hours are Thursday and next Monday through Thursday, 5-11 p.m.; Friday, 5-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight, Sunday 2-9 p.m. For more information check the fair web site, www.cowetacountyfair.org or call Coweta Extension Office at 770-254-2620. Regular gate admission is $5; children under 6 enter free with paid adult admission. Unlimited ride armbands are $20, available on the midway Sunday - Thursday all day and Saturdays noon - 5 p.m. Student passes given through the Coweta County schools are only valid Monday through Thursday. Among other special admission offerings are: Dollar Night Thursday, Sept. 18 with admission $1 and all rides $1 per ride; and Patriotic Night Sept. 27 when military personnel get in free with military ID. Newnan Kiwanis Club has sponsored the Coweta County Fair every year but once since 1947. Through its profits the club has funded numerous projects throughout Newnan and Coweta County including the sponsorships of Key Clubs, Builders Club, K-Kids, Aktion Club, 4-H Clubs, Scout Troops, and Little League and Soccer Teams. The club also bought and gave to the county 37 acres on Pine Road to help develop the new fairgrounds, as well as donating more land for additional parking. Among other assistance Newnan Kiwanis Club has given local police and fire equipment, provided numerous scholarships to worthy students, provided "back to school" and Christmas shopping days for needy children, sponsored the first Girl Scout troop in Coweta County, and numerous other donations that for the past several years have totaled in the hundred thousands per year. All the money that is raised from the fair is put by Kiwanis directly back to work in the community.

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