Exchange Club Fair opens Tuesday

The Exchange Club Fair offers an assortment of rides and food vendors throughout the fair grounds.

The Exchange Club Fair offers an assortment of rides and food vendors throughout the fair grounds.


Nov. 6

5 p.m. Open

With a coupon a Harvey’s Supermarket, an unlimited ride ticket is $16.

Nov. 7 and 8

5 p.m. Open

A swine show is planned at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, and a goat show at 3 p.m. on the Thursday.

Nov. 9

5 p.m. Open

9 a.m., FFA Middle School lawnmower registration; landscaping & horticulture registration

9:30 a.m., FFA Middle School lawnmower competion; landscaping & horticulture judging

10 a.m., Student livestock judging

3 p.m., Horticulture identification contest

4 p.m., Lamb show.

Nov. 10

11 a.m. Open

Noon; Cattle show

11 a.m.- 4 p.m., unlimited kiddie rides, $12

7:30 p.m. 17th annual demolition derby

Nov. 11

1 p.m. Open

ALBANY — The 66th annual Exchange Club Fair of Southwest Georgia is preparing for multiple human waves from Tuesday through next Sunday at the fairgrounds on Westover Boulevard.

According to Fair Manager Skip Nichols, there’s something at the fair for everyone, young and old. Crowds in the tens of thousands are expected to attend during the week, Nichols said.

Nichols said that in addition to some 30 exciting midway rides and traditional attractions like the Sky Flyer, Himalaya, Hurricane and Round Up, a variety of live music acts to suit every taste will be there.

Those will include regular fair vocalist, Buffalo Barfield and his wife, Michele, from Possum Hollow, N.C. Nichols described Barfield as a “country” kind of singer whose act appeals to both children and adults.

The Rockin’ A Ranch petting zoo will be there with a cuddly menagerie for children. Also featured will be the Chase Racing Pigs.

A comedy act not appearing last year is “Barney of Mayberry,” alias Scott Epperson, who’s made a career from imitating the hilarious deputy from the old Andy Griffith Show.

“One of my favorites has been the demolition derby,” Nichols said. “It’s coming back again for the 17th time this year with a field of around 30 cars and a total purse of $4,500.”

According to Nichols, who has managed the fair for more than a decade, the Exchange Club Fair of Southwest Georgia not only pays for maintenance on the fairgrounds but most of the money comes back to the community through various charities and services.

While recent economic times have forced revenues below the “five year average” of the fair, a part of the estimated $40,000 generated this year will help pay for new aluminum roofs, bathroom remodeling and other improvements. The Club continues to support local charities and cause, Nichols said.

“The Exchange Club of Albany recognizes patriotism, Americanism and youth,” Nichols said. “Our main thing is child abuse prevention on a national level. We’re all about youth.”


John Yale with Southeast Message Centers puts the finishing touches on a new sign and LED display board at the fairgrounds Thursday.

The fair opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday with the parking lot available at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the fair is $6, including parking. Tickets for children under 48 inches are $2 and free for those in strollers. With a coupon from Harvey’s Supermarket, those attending may purchase an “all you can ride” ticket for $16. The ticket is normally $20.

Wednesday, and Thursday, the gate opens at 5 p.m. with parking opening at 4:30 p.m. With a coupon from McDonald’s, purchase an “all you can ride” ticket at the fair for $16.

Friday, Nov. 9, the g


chinaberry25 3 years ago

The last time I went to the fair I left by dark. The fair is the worst fair for unethical Albanians who break up in line. I would stay home or go to the fair in Perry. I do not have to put up with folks in Albany.


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