CUMMING, Ga. -- For 11 days, the city’s country heritage is expressed alongside fair rides, live musical performances and favorites like cotton candy, fresh popcorn and decadent deep fried chocolate bars.
The 19th year of “Down Home Country Fun” festivities kicks off this Thursday, Oct. 3 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 13.
The Cumming Country Fair and Festival is back, highlighting the agricultural and rural lifestyle once prevalent in the county. With more than 40 rides and numerous games, each night will offer participants something new and exciting said Cumming Fairgrounds Administrator Dave Horton.
“I think we will have a pretty big crowd,” Horton said. “We are looking forward to the first two weeks of October.
Last year, about 141,000 people came out to take part in the festivities.
Some of the country musical acts this year include Casey James, Greg Bates, Don Williams and Kellie Pickler, an American Idol who won Dancing with the Stars.
Each night will offer something different, including free admission on opening night courtesy of Northside Hospital Forsyth.
Kidz Bop will perform on Oct. 9, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Day. There will also be free admission along with a CHoA patient parade.
Some of the returning favorites include a horse show, petting zoo with pony rides and OSCAR the Robot. A chainsaw show will display masterful carvings, there will be a daily puppet show and back again after several years is “The Tiger Encouter,” where 19-year-old Felicia Frisco will present her five trained Bengal tigers.
A heritage village exhibit will display working demonstrations of authentic farm machinery such as cotton gin, saw mill, corn mill, syrup mill, a blacksmith shop and a steam engine exhibit center, cider press and chicken house.
A Cherokee Indian village will be set up to educate visitors on Native American culture with traditional performances and demonstration.
On the last two days of the fair, the American Bullriders Tour will stop into town.
Anyone who brings seven non-perishable canned goods on Oct. 13 will get free admission. The cans will benefit Feed the Hungry Forsyth.
“We are hoping to raise a lot of awareness for them and a lot of food for our food pantries in the community,” Horton said.
Visit www.cummingfair.net or call 770-781-3491.