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SCENES FROM LAST YEAR’S FAIR

It’s going to be a record-breaking year for the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair, according to one event organizer.
The Ag Fair opens its gates today at 5 p.m. with free gate admission for students age 5-18. The fair will close at 10 p.m. tonight.
American country music singer Tyler Farr will headline the fair on Saturday night beginning about 9 p.m. Gate Admission is $10 that night.
This week fairgoers will find two new features – a petting zoo and the Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur show.
The petting zoo features a camel, monkeys, a kangaroo, zebra and numerous other animals. Admission is free with fair admission.
The Jurassic Kingdom features life-like dinosaurs in action. People will have the opportunity to touch and interact with them.
“This is one of my favorite times of the year,” fair worker and UGA Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas said.
Gates open:
* Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
* Friday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
* Saturday, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
* Sunday, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission to the fair is free on Friday and Sunday. Saturday’s gate admission is $10, according to fair committee members. Parking is $2.
Entrance into the park does not include the Midway ride tickets. The prices for amusement rides are $10 on Thursday, $25 on Saturday and $20 for Friday and Sunday. They are purchased separately at the fair.
Sunday the entertainment is being sponsored by the Town of Trion. It’s a countywide Sunday singing featuring singers like Kevin Woods, Brent Mobbs, Arliss Nelms, Lloyd Gilreath, Mary Jones, Wayne Pritchett, Melissa Hampton, Charlie Long, the AMF Quintet, Open Heat Harmony and others.
As always, the fair’s theme will be local agriculture.
“We have a record-breaking number of entries into our livestock competitions,” Thomas said.
The large belt buckle prizes continue to attract competitors throughout North Georgia. There will be blue ribbon competitions in a wide range of areas including flowers, canned goods, vegetables, photography and handmade items.
Livestock shows will be presented on all four days, with competitors from Chattooga County and around the state competing. The show times include:
* Thursday – Goat show at 5:30 p.m.
* Friday – Lamb show at 5:30 p.m.
* Saturday – Beef show at 2 p.m.
* Saturday – Poultry show at 5 p.m. and auction starts at 7 p.m.
* Sunday – Dairy show at 2 p.m.
* Sunday – Hog show at 6 p.m.
The number of participants in the blue-ribbon competition have increased this year, according to Thomas.
“When you walk in, you will see a sea of quilts hanging from the ceiling,” Thomas said. “We have tripled the number of quilts and needlework pieces this year.”
The 2019 Fair Council members include: Lynn Hall, president; Zach Hughes, vice president; Kristin Croy, secretary/treasurer; Larry Simpson, Jayme Dawson, Kim Reynolds, Stan Reynolds, Eddie Massey, Larry Howard, Shawn McCary and Christy Hall-Glenn.

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