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Georgia National Fair attendance tops 565,000

The Georgia National Fair set multiple attendance records during its run October 3-13.

Attendance totaled 565,533 over the 11-day run of the 30th Anniversary Georgia National Fair, a new overall record and a 5% increase over 2016, when the fair drew 536,840 visitors.

In addition, the fair broke single-day attendance records. Oct. 10 (66,314), Oct. 11 (74,199) and Oct. 12 (96,910) were the highest-attended days in the history of the fair.

 “Our mission for the 30th Anniversary Fair was to offer something for everyone in the family to come and enjoy each and every day,” said Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter Executive Director Stephen Shimp. “We offered more discounted admission days, promotional offers via our food vendors, 11 free concerts and the list goes on. In addition to the 30th anniversary celebrations, we had wonderful weather during the second half of our event which encouraged fairgoers to come and enjoy the fall festivities.”

Georgia Farm Bureau’s partnership with the Georgia National Fair allowed patrons to attend all the concerts with no additional cost to regular fair admission.

This year the main focus centered on celebrating 30 years of family fun and the fair did it in a big way. In addition to a new concert lineup the fair offered more than $750,000 in free entertainment for all ages to enjoy during those 11 days.

Livestock competitions, the Georgia Living Program, the Baby Barn exhibit, school groups, rallies, and the traditional components such as the Midway rides and food vendors all offered a unique perspective to those who visited the Fairgrounds. 

The 31st Annual Georgia National Fair is scheduled for Oct. 8-18, 2020.  For more information about the fair, visit