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Georgia National Fair attendance tops 467,000

The 28th Annual Georgia National Fair, held Oct. 5-15, featured a new 150-foot Ferris Wheel among its attractions and drew 467,584 despite threats of inclement weather and conflicts with other scheduled activities around the state, according to fair officials.

"It is because of our partnerships with local and state agencies that we confidently offer a safe, secure and family-friendly facility for all of our fair goers. We would like to extend a warm and sincere thank you to everyone who helps make our fairgrounds a safe and enjoyable place for families and friends. The 2017 Georgia National Fair was a huge success and we are already planning for 2018," said Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter Executive Director Stephen Shimp.

One highlight of the 2017 Georgia National Fair was the attention focused toward livestock exhibitors and the GNFA livestock program, for which Georgia Farm Bureau is a premier sponsor, making a substantial contribution toward premium increases for all livestock showmen. Woody Folsom Trailers in Baxley became a sponsor this year in a combined effort to boost livestock exhibition to the top level among the nation's livestock show events in the nation. Folsom Trailers donated the use of seven aluminum livestock trailers for one year to each of the livestock species grand champions.

These contributions combined with many others, are intended to ensure that FFA and 4-H participants will continue the tradition of showcasing their livestock projects during the Georgia National Fair. Additional sponsors for the livestock department included Georgia Farm Credit, Weaver Leather Livestock and Blue Ribbon Show Supply.
In 2018 the fair is set to open a new Livestock Birthing Center, where patrons can witness cows and pigs being born.

The 29th Annual Georgia National Fair is scheduled for October 4-14, 2018 in Perry, Ga. For more information about the fair, visit