Georgia National Fair gears up for 22nd year
Workers place a segment of the Wild Mouse coaster ride together last week at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter during preparations for the Georgia National Fair in Perry. JASON VORHEES
by Angela Woolen
October 3, 2012
PERRY -- Gawkers on Interstate 75 will have sights to see as they drive past exit 135 starting Thursday as the Georgia National Fair opens its gates for Sneak-A-Peek day at 3 p.m.
The large LED-lit Ferris wheel, along with the numerous other rides, will be going at full tilt.
Preparations for the fair started weeks ago, with the arrival of the fine arts show pieces. Those items are judged before the fair and are put on display before the first person buys a ticket.
Along with rides and art exhibits, the 22nd annual event will have the usual array of fair food, including “everything fried and on a stick,” said Michele Treptow, director of communications for the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
The Facebook page for the Georgia National Fair has been active all year, but as vendors started to arrive, Treptow said the photos of closed ticket booths began getting liked. The food trucks came in a close second.
“At the end of the day, it’s the experience of the fair,” she said, that draws people year after year to come to the 11-day event, which runs through Oct. 14.