The 87th annual Cherokee County Fair returns to Canton from Tuesday to Sunday with some new additions to the traditional attractions.
Lynne Rollins, Waleska native and secretary of the American Legion Post 45 that sponsors the fair, said this year there will be some new rides and a new vendor for the fair.
“We have a new company coming in, Peachtree Rides — they’ve been in business since 1972 — out of Atlanta,” Rollins said Friday. “They went to Cartersville last year and the group over there that sponsors the fair was very pleased, said everything was cleaner, they had a lot more attractions and the public was making a lot of positive comments about the carnival company.”
The gates open at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; at 3 p.m. Wednesday; and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is being handled by the Cherokee High School JROTC unit for a $1 or more donation per car.
This year’s fair features many different contests for residents to enter and win ribbons, including educational exhibits, the eighth annual youth dog show, the Miss Cherokee County Fair Pageant, vegetable quality and largest vegetable exhibits, flower exhibits, crafts and handiwork, canning, sewing, cooking and photography contests.
Registration of fair entries and work on educational exhibits is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. today, and for Monday between 9 a.m. and noon, and between 2 to 5 p.m.
“It’s important that the public know that those (exhibits) need to be in place either Sunday or Monday because the judges come Tuesday morning, so we can’t take anything after 5 o’clock Monday,” Rollins said.
Judging will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday before the park opens at 5 p.m. Musician Justin Bishop performs onstage at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday after 5 p.m., free admission will be given to anyone who brings the flier from a school website. The youth dog show will start Thusday at 7 p.m., and there are multiple categories to enter. Saturday is the Miss Cherokee County pageant with categories for infants through teenagers.
For more information or to find registration forms, visit www.ugaextension
.com/cherokee/. Exhibitors are asked not to bring their vehicles into the midway area except to unload exhibit items, and flowers can be watered during regular fair hours.
Admission to the fair depends on age: for children under the age of 6, admission is free; for children between the ages of 6 and 10, admission is $1; for children between the ages of 11 and 16, admission is $2; for people between the ages of 17 and 64, admission is $4; and for people over the age of 65, admission is $1.
Armbands allow visitors to ride all of the carnival rides, and cost $18 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; $14 Wednesday; and $16 Sunday. Individual tickets are also available for purchase.
The fair is at the Cherokee County Legion Fair Grounds at 160 McClure St. in Canton.