The Georgia National Fair will take place Oct. 3-13. (Staff Photo: Laura Williams)

The Georgia National Fair will take place Oct. 3-13. (Staff Photo: Laura Williams)


From food and rides to entertainment, there is something for everyone at the fair. (Staff Photo: Laura Williams)


Certain days offer special admission rates.


Above, a variety of outdoor concerts will be featured throughout the week, with special musical guests featured on the weekends. To the right, certain days offer special admission rates. (Special Photos)

PERRY — Take a drive down I-75 and you can’t miss it — just look for a clock tower and a giant Ferris wheel.

From traditional rides and games to street entertainers, concerts, livestock shows, fireworks and every fried food imaginable, even those who are hardest to please can find something to enjoy at the Georgia National Fair.

Continuing its annual tradition, this year’s fair will again be held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, located at 401 Larry Walker Parkway in Perry, or better known as I-75 exits 134 and 135.

And if you’re a Halloween fan, there’s sure to be plenty of that ghoulish goodness evident with this year’s theme, “There’s Magic In The Fair!”

The Georgia National Fair is well-known for its comprehensive youth and home and fine arts competitions and exhibits and has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society “Top 20 Event for October.” In 2002, Southern Living magazine named it “Our Best 202 Things About the South First-Prize Fair.”

Full of entertainment, these 11 fun-filled days will showcase exhibits, rides, The Royal Hannford Circus, a highdiving show and a slew of musical artists from several genres, including oldies legends The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters and The Temptations.

Competitions are held daily for those who want to get in on the fun. Have a favorite recipe? It may just be eligible for one of the culinary contests. Participants receive free admission at the gate with their entries, and at the end of the night, you might just have a blue ribbon to take home.

Whether it’s for the food, the fun or the festive atmosphere, the state fair is classic, family-friendly, handicap-accessible and offers something for everyone.

For more information on contests and a full schedule of events, visit