North Georgia State Fair returns with crowd favorite rides, fried food

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Funnel cakes, cotton candy, tilt-a-whirl, Ferris wheels: The North Georgia State Fair is back with crowd favorites this year. .

The North Georgia State opens Thursday and runs through Sunday Oct. 3 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

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Last year’s fair was canceled for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic. Officials were still able to put together a drive-through food experience, but this year everything is back to normal.

The fair is the largest annual event in Cobb County and features rides, food, live music and experiences like a petting zoo, alligator show, magicians and a lumber jack show.

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Officials say the North Georgia State Fair attracts 300,000 people every year from across the state.

Face masks are not mandatory in the outdoor areas of the park but are recommended for people who are unvaccinated. Masks are required inside all county government buildings. There will also be social distancing signage where it’s necessary.

“The health and safety of those who visit the fair is our top priority. We remain dedicated to maintaining cleanliness and sanitization standards within our facilities. We continue to follow CDC and local health guidelines,” the fair said.

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Gate admission is $10 while children 10 and under get into the fair for free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each or you can buy them in bundles: $20 for 21 tickets, $50 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.

The fair also offers unlimited ride passes that cost $20 or $25. A full list of daily specials, events, concerts can be found here.

Here is when the fair is open: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Sept. 25 and 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, continuing through Oct. 3.

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