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Take a Ride on the Wild Side

The North Georgia State Fair at Jim R. Miller Park opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 2. Here's a breakdown of this year's fair from hours to event to prices.

The North Georgia State Fair at  opens to the public Thursday and runs through Oct. 2. The theme this year is "Take a Ride on the Wild Side," which celebrates the new Wildcat Rollercoaster.

Also new this year are:

  • The Kachunga and the Alligator Show: Monday through Thursday 7 and 9 p.m., Friday 6, 8 and 10 p.m., Saturday 3, 6 and 9 p.m. and Sunday 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
  • Hypnotists Tammy Harris Barton: Monday through Friday 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Saturday 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 2, 6 and 8 p.m. and
  • Keith King Bike Stunt Show: Monday through Friday 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., Saturday 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Returning from pervious years are:

  • K9s in Flight: Monday through Friday 6, 7 and 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.;
  • Oscar the Robot;
  • Brian Ruth "Master of the Chainsaw": Monday through Friday 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30, 3:30, 6 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.;
  • Wit Carson Petting Zoo and Pony Rides: Open daily during fair hours;
  • Award-winning noncommercial exhibits and flower shows; and
  • The Great James H. Drew Exposition Carnival Midway.

All of the shows are free with paid admission to the fair.

Daily Schedule and Concerts:

Sept. 22: .

Sept. 23: Guests with nonwinning Georgia Lottery tickets will receive $1 off adult admission. Friday is Senior Citizens Day, which means free admission all day for seniors 55 and up. From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be senior games and activities. At 8 p.m., Colt Ford will be in concert.

Sept. 24: From 10 to 11 a.m., there will be free admission and rides. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., pay $25 for unlimited rides (good till close). At 3 p.m., the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest will be on the Cobb EMC Local Entertainment Stage. Josh Kelley will be in concert at 8 p.m.

Sept. 25: Children 12 and under will be admitted free all day. Receive $1 off adult admission with a church bulletin. From 12:30 to 2 p.m., admission and rides for students are free with tickets distributed in school. From 4 to 6 p.m., Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys will perform.

Sept. 26: Pay $15 for unlimited rides. The Pebblebrook School of Performing Arts Company will be on stage at 8 p.m.

Sept. 27: Students 18 and under will be admitted free all day. Pay $18 for unlimited rides. The Beautiful Baby Contest for children 0 to 3 years old is at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: Pay $18 for unlimited rides. Chris Young will be in concert at 8 p.m.

Sept. 29: Perry will be in concert at 8 p.m.

Sept. 30: Bring five non-perishable can good items and receive one free adult admission; bring three non-perishable can good items and receive one free student admission. Big Daddy Weave will be in concert at 8 p.m.

Oct. 1: Bring five non-perishable can good items and receive one free adult admission; bring three non-perishable can good items and receive one free student admission. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., admission and rides are free. From 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., pay $25 for unlimited rides (good till close). There will be a chainsaw carving auction at 7 p.m. on the Cobb EMC Local Entertainment Stage. Mark Willis will be in concert at 8 p.m.

Oct. 2: Bring five non-perishable can good items and receive one free adult admission; bring three non-perishable can good items and receive one free student admission. From 12:30 to 2 p.m., admission and rides for students are free. Students must have a ticket distributed in school.

Fair Hours:

  • Thursday, Sept. 22: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.;
  • Friday, Sept. 23: 4 p.m. to midnight;
  • Saturday, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. to midnight;
  • Sunday, Sept. 25: 12:30 to 10 p.m.;
  • Monday through Thursday, Sept. 26 to Sept. 29: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.;
  • Friday, Sept. 30: 4 p.m. to midnight;
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: 10 a.m. to midnight; and
  • Sunday, Oct. 2: 12:30 to 10 p.m.

Admission:

  • Adults: $5
  • Students (7-18): $2
  • Children 6 and under: Free
  • Parking: $3

Ride Tickets (All rides require two or more tickets):

  • Individual tickets: $1
  • 22 Tickets: $20
  • 55 Tickets: $50

ATMs are available on site.

Tickets are available at half price at all metro Atlanta Walgreens until Sept. 23. 

2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta, GA 30008. For more information, call 770-423-1330 or 770-528-8989.

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