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Friday, October 5, 2012

Georgia National Fair returns with livestock, rides and games galore
 
Erica Wilson, of Warner Robins, rides the Indy 500 roller coaster with her mother, Phyllis Anderson, on Thursday afternoon at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. The fair runs through Oct. 14.
GRANT BLANKENSHIP — gblankenship@macon.com
by-- Angela Woolen
from--macon.com
Published: October 4, 2012
PERRY -- As the sun started setting on the fairgrounds, more and more visitors entered the gates of the 23rd annual Georgia National Fair on Thursday for Sneak-a-Peek day, signaling the start of the 11-day event.
“The rides are ready to go,” said Randy Moore, executive director at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
Some came for pay-one-price armband night, some for the food and some to make sure their livestock were show-ready.
During the opening ceremony, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about walking around the barns. His father was an agriculture teacher, and he grew up showing cows and hogs.
He recognized the hard work and responsibility that is learned from tending to the animals.
“If anything can restore confidence in our country, those young people will,” Deal said about the students who will show their livestock throughout the course of the fair.

 
The Wild Claw ride whips people over the midway of the Georgia National Fair in Perry on the Sneak-a-Peek day Thursday.----GRANT BLANKENSHIP
On the other end of the fair where less mooing was taking place, the cries of game hawkers and the screams of riders could be heard along the midway.

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