The Gwinnett County Fair


Starting this Thursday, September 13, the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds welcomes back its yearly bellweather event, the Gwinnett County Fair. The Fair is a real slice of Americana goodtime, complete with beauty pageants, animal shows, and a grand carnival. And its the signature moment for Gwinnett County, my home.

Until I went last year, I didn't even know the difference between a Charolais and a Gelbvieh. Actually I still don't know, but I was educated that there were several different kinds of cows.

Parking is free, adult admission is $5, kids 12 and under & seniors are $2. In order to ride the rides and get some great carnival food (you know, funnel cakes, cotton candy, sodas, sausage, bbq), you probably ought to bring an extra $20 to $30 bucks a piece. I know its not exactly the cheapest thing running, but its fun and normally worth it. On the 17th thru the 20th, you can ride the rides all day for $18 (bring an empty coke can and they'll give you a $3 discount)

Additionally this year, you can see on some evenings the Fearless Flores Thrill Show. Famous country acts, Janie Fricke and Confederate Railroad. On Thursday, Sept 20, you can see the legendary Georgia band, the Skillet Lickers. You'll probably see me there.

The Gwinnett Fair is the second largest in the State of Georgia, and has been a North Atlanta tradition since the 1950's. I don't write much about short term events like this, but this one is special. Hope to see you there.

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