State Fair: Sept. 18 opening to see old, new sights
by Justin Larson
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People visit the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta in 2013. <br>Special to the MDJ
People visit the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta in 2013.
Special to the MDJ
The 82nd Annual North Georgia State Fair kicks off its 11-day run at Jim R. Miller Park Sept. 18 with new attractions, along with the entertainment, food and rides that draw about 300,000 fairgoers annually.

The fair, off Callaway Road near Windy Hill Road, will host everything from blue ribbon competitions to live music and daily attractions.

The fair — the largest in metro Atlanta — is a tradition for the people of Georgia, fair manager Tod Miller said, and sees visitors from the surrounding states.

Zachary Sanders, 25, of Kennesaw has been going to the fair for as long as he can remember.

“I grew up with this fair,” he said. “It’s in my blood.”

With so many people enjoying all the fair offers, Miller, who has been with the fair for 23 years, decided to expand this year’s fair even more.

“Sky Flyer is a major ride we’re adding to the fair this year,” he said. “It takes you 100 feet in the air; it’s really going to take this fair to the next level.”

The fair’s two newest attractions are Robinson’s Racing Pigs, which features pigs racing and swimming for the “Oreo prize,” and Sandscapes, where 50 tons of sand will be sculpted throughout the duration of the fair.

This year will see the return of several popular attractions, including the Sea Lion Splash, the only traveling sea lion show in the country. When the sea lions aren’t swimming, they’re catching rings, balancing balls and performing gymnastic tricks.

The Tiger Encounter with Felicia Frisco is also returning this year. At 20 years old, Frisco is the youngest female tiger trainer in the U.S. and blends education with entertainment in her show.

Brian Ruth will be back to create art out of raw logs with his chainsaw. Oscar the Robot will once again roam the fairgrounds. Wit Carson’s Petting Zoo will include bison, zebras and llamas and will offer pony rides.

Thrill seekers can ride the Wildcat Roller Coaster, which measures 215 feet long and 60 feet high. The fair is one of only two in the country that have a roller coaster that size, Miller said.

The Georgia Mountain Lift will make its second appearance this year, and takes riders high above the fair. Spanning more than 2,000 feet, it is the longest lift in Georgia.

The fair’s headlining artists this year will include Marietta native Travis Tritt, Kenny Rogers, Francesca Battistelli and Mark Wills. Concerts at the fair’s covered arena are free with admission.

Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 10 and under. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, $20 for 21 tickets, $50 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets. All rides require more than one ticket. Parking is $3.

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