Cumming Fair breaks record attendance

Attraction brings 141K people downtown

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CUMMING, Ga. — This year’s 11-day Cumming Country Fair attracted 141,027 people.

“This was the best run we’ve ever had at the fair,” said Dave Horton, fairground administrator.

The previous record was in 2006, when the fair and festival attendance was 127,563 people.

“It’s a family affair and everything went great,” said Mayor H. Ford Gravitt.

Organizers said it was the best consistent weather patterns they had seen in a while.

A lot of new visitors were greeted at this year’s fair. Even at places that usually don’t get a lot of traffic.

“We had some great entertainment out there,” Horton said. “The Indian Village was full. We had people going down there, and it usually takes people a while to find.”

Concert attractions, BMX shows and a two-night bull riding tour helped fill the place, he said.

“Charlie [Daniels] packed the house, as he always does,” Horton said.

City staff helped work the fair as well as other community leaders and volunteers.

“A lot of people are involved,” he said.

Cumming Police Chief Casey Tatum said there were no incidents this year.

Planning for next year’s fair started six months ago.

“We’re full speed ahead with that and we’re looking forward to having a bigger and better fair,” Horton said. “We got a good line up for next year.”