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Georgia National Fair Celebrates Banner Year!

GEORGIA RADIO - The last fireworks of the 34th Georgia National Fair have illuminated the skies over Perry, marking the end of an incredible 11-day event that drew nearly half a million visitors. From October 5th to 15th, fairgoers from near and far gathered at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter to indulge in live concerts, thrilling rides, delectable signature fair treats, captivating livestock shows, inspiring art exhibits, impressive 4-H projects, and a variety of mesmerizing animal shows.

The fair organizers are thrilled to announce that a total of 487,874 visitors flocked to the event, reinforcing the Fair's status as a cherished tradition in the state. Economic impact estimates, based on figures from a University of Georgia study, underscore the fair's significance, suggesting that the event generated over $42 million in value during its 11-day run. While the total attendance did not break records, a new milestone was reached on the first Friday, as an all-time high of 43,594 daily visitors thronged to the fairgrounds.

A notable aspect of the 34th Georgia National Fair was its commitment to providing free entertainment, with almost $900,000 worth of entertainment offered to fairgoers.

Reithoffer Shows, the family-owned and operated ride midway provider, celebrated their 34-year partnership with the Fairgrounds by offering a staggering array of 90 rides and 8 armband nights for guests. The fair's shopping and food vendors also expressed their delight, hailing this year's event as one of their most successful stops across the country.

Stephen Shimp, Fairgrounds Executive Director, expressed his gratitude for another successful fair and extended his heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to its success. "Thank you to this community, our law enforcement and first response partners, fair volunteers and staff, the state of Georgia, corporate partners, livestock exhibitors, and, of course, our faithful fairgoers," Shimp stated. "This event continues to be a success because of the people who love it and attend year after year."

The Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority, organizers, and staff are already looking ahead to the 35th anniversary in 2024, believing that the best is yet to come. Plans for next year's marquee fair are well underway, and it is scheduled to be held from October 3rd to 13th, 2024, in Perry, Georgia. Fair enthusiasts and newcomers alike can anticipate even more exciting attractions and events at the upcoming celebration.

For those looking to stay engaged with the Georgia National Fairgrounds year-round, a variety of events and activities are on offer. More information can be found on their official website at

As the 34th Georgia National Fair fades into memory, it leaves behind a legacy of fun, community, and cherished traditions, paving the way for an even brighter future in the years to come.



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