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Baby Barn due date approaches at Georgia National Fair

What’s new at the 2018 Georgia National Fair?


The Georgia Grown Baby Barn, a live birthing center and nursery for farm animals, will open its doors for the first time during the fair’s Oct. 4-14 run in Perry. Other highlights include  livestock shows, Midway rides, entertainment and fair food.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture - in collaboration with the Georgia National Fair Board, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and Georgia's animal industry partners – is offering the Baby Barn exhibit to make consumers more familiar with Georgia's animal agriculture sector by showcasing live births of cattle.

The 10,800-square-foot facility was built as an annex to the existing Georgia Grown Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. Spectators in the Baby Barn will have the opportunity to see 11 dairy calves born, one birth for each day of the fair. Newborn piglets will also be on display. Certified veterinarians will be available throughout the duration of the fair to provide care for the animals.

Fairgoers can download the new Georgia National Fair app to receive notifications regarding upcoming births. The smartphone application will be used to alert fairgoers that the birth is imminent and encourage visitors to make their way to the Georgia Grown Building if they wish to be present at the time of birth and suggest names for the newborns.

Georgia Farm Bureau is a premier sponsor for the Georgia National Fair livestock shows, where students will show more than 5,500 animals and compete for cash prizes, cowboy-style belt

buckles and more.

GFB will also have an exhibit in the Georgia Grown Building to present information about all the organization’s activities.

The Georgia National Fair, sponsored in part by Georgia Farm Bureau, offers a wide array of entertainment options. These include two signature concerts on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. The “I Love the 90s” tour, featuring Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Young MC and Ton Loc, takes the Reaves Arena stage on Oct. 6. The Southern Uprising tour featuring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels and The Outlaws, is set for Oct. 13. Tickets for these shows are $40 each and include admission to the fair.

Regular fair admission is $10 per person, $8 for seniors age 60 and older. Children ages 10 and under get in free. Season passes are $65 and two-day passes are $16.

Regular admission gives fairgoers access to at least 25 choices of entertainment each day of the fair, including live music, magic acts, wildlife encounters and many more.

For more information about the Georgia National Fair, or to purchase tickets online, visit