Falling Into Perry Fair Season


As the leaves become crisp autumn colors, the heat stays hot year-round. There is one thing on several Georgians’ minds every October season: The 33rd Annual Georgia National Fair. 

Commonly known as the “Perry Fair,” the Georgia National Fair is a state-sponsored fair held on October 5 at the National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia. The fair lasts for 11 days every year. 

Considering everything to do at the fair, the price to get in is reasonable! General admission is $15 for adults (ages 11 & up), $10 for seniors (ages 60 & up), and children ten and under are free with a paying adult. A season pass is $95, and a two-day pass is $25. 

The Georgia National Fair offers armband ride days where visitors can pay extra to receive an armband on certain days to ride unlimited rides for one flat fee instead of paying for the ride.  

These armbands are offered on October 5-6 and October 9-13 for $25. They are also offered on October 15 for $30. If you aren’t interested in an armband, ride tickets will be sold on-site for $1.25 each. 

The general gates are open from 10:00 AM-9:00 PM. However, on October 5, the gates will open at 3:00 PM. Food vendors will sell food and beverages from 10:00 AM-10:00 PM. 

The Georgia National Fair has special events where a free outdoor concert is held, and prices vary to get into the fair during the event. On October 9, they will hold Patriotic Day, where admission is free for military and immediate family members. 

On October 5, October 10, and October 11, a free outdoor concert will be held at 7:30 PM on the Georgia National Stage. October 15, the last day of the fair, they plan to have a “Last Blast!” with an outdoor concert at 6:00 PM. 

The fair has a Georgia Grown Baby Barn, where a live birthing center and newborn nursery for farm animals will be for all eyes to behold. Fairgoers can witness the live births of calves and newborn piglets. 

The Georgia Grown Pavilion also has locally crafted goods scattered throughout the building, as well as recipes, cooking tips, and Georgia Grown companies from everywhere around the state. They also offer interactive opportunities for children to learn about agriculture through fun games and a tour of Georgie’s Farm. 

Many come to the fair for the rides; however, many more come for the fair food. Something about greasy fried Oreos and cotton candy makes everything in the world okay again. From Asian Cuisine to funnel cake, if you want it, the Georgia National Fair has it! 

The Georgia National Fair has appetizers from vendors such as Hot Wisconsin Cheese, Demetris Greek Foods, Cedar River Seafood, Jake’s Foods, and Fun Time Foods; entrees from Boardwok Noodles, The Best Around, Gillette’s Pizza & Lemonade, Biscuit Barn, and Butcher Boys; and desserts from Dippin Dots Ice Cream, McGrotha Foods, Taylor’s Doughboy, The Donut Family, and Polar Bear Ice Cream. 

There are Georgia National Open livestock shows open to anyone across the nation! They offer Open Dairy, Open Dairy Goat, and Open Breeding Boer Goat Shows. The Open Shows begin August 1 and close September 7. 

From food to fun and agriculture, The Georgia National Fair has many different amenities for anyone nationwide. If you or someone you know is interested in more information about the Georgia National Fair, visit georgianationalfair.com. 

Anslee James is a junior double majoring in history & government and writing & communication. When she isn’t at the gym, she can be found playing with her dog, Lola, or listening to Taylor Swift. She hopes to eventually become an attorney and become a partner of a firm in the future.

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