Georgia National Fair asks:
Posted on Sep 27, 2023 at 11:21 AM
The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter (GNFA) is preparing to welcome an expected 500,000 guests to the 34th Annual Georgia National Fair Oct. 5-15 in Perry.
In partnership with American Idol, the Georgia National Fair will become the first step in the national audition process. Contestants will have the opportunity to compete for virtual auditions with American Idol executive producers. Fairgoers are encouraged to watch the auditions and cheer on their favorites. Live auditions will take place on the All-American stage Oct. 13 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Georgia Farm Bureau, as always, will play a key role in the fair, sponsoring prizes for youth livestock shows and the headline entertainment acts, including Mark Chesnutt, Smashmouth and more.
In the Georgia Grown Building, GFB will be providing “Thank a Farmer” cards on which patrons can write messages of gratitude. GFB will then mail the cards to farmers around the state.
The GFB space in the Georgia Grown Building will feature a new photo backdrop with images of various commodities produced by Georgia farmers.
On the weekends, GFB will also have a prize for the fair patron who finds a plush “Lucky” toy, fashioned in the image of GFB’s newly famous spokesdog. The GFB Ambassadors will stash Lucky in a secret location on the fairgrounds, so keep a sharp eye out for her!
For the first time, the Georgia Department of Agriculture will host The Seed to Shirt Experience in the Georgia Grown Building. The exhibit will take visitors on a tour of cotton. The space is divided into two parts. Fair visitors will first explore the growth cycle of the cotton plant, learn about harvest and technological advancements of the crop, and interact with Georgia cotton farmers. Then, fairgoers will venture through a door to experience the production manufacturing process after cotton is ginned - from spinning to knitting, fabric finishing to sewing, shirt dyeing to printing. Learn how Magnolia Loom is capitalizing on the resources offered in the rural Southeast, to keep its entire production process in the United States.
With more than 80 rides, 100 food vendors, and a million dollars’ worth of free entertainment, GNFA officials want to know what you Fair for. Fairgoers come from all over the Southeast, each with a unique fair favorite. The Georgia National Fair offers something for everyone - from rides to livestock shows, competitive exhibits, live music, food, shopping, and so much more.
For GNFA Marketing Director Maggie Lane, it’s the food.
“Over 66,000 corndogs were enjoyed at the 2022 Georgia National Fair,” Lane said. “Not to mention the 50,000 ears of corn and 42,000 turkey legs. I think it’s safe to say that guests LOVE fair food. This year, the Georgia National Fair announces 23 new fair food items for fairgoers to enjoy!”
New entertainment includes musical artists and Georgia favorites Clayton Hackle and Georgia Female Artist of the Year, Megan Fowler. Disc-Connected K9’s will join the line-up of free entertainment for the first time. This internationally acclaimed professional frisbee dog show is comprised of the largest collection of the best frisbee dogs on the planet!
Visit the Georgia National Fair on Facebook (@GeorgiaNationalFair) or Instagram (@GeorgiaNationalFairgrounds) to share what you Fair for. Advance tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.georgianationalfair.com or at the box office at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.