Fair set to start tonight

Hur­ri­cane Irma’s po­ten­tial im­pact pushes or­ga­niz­ers to move the fair’s open­ing back a day.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

While La­bor Day marks the end of Sum­mer in other parts of the coun­try, the Polk County fair is cur­rently serv­ing as the end of the hottest sea­son for Rock­mart, Cedar­town, and Aragon ci­ti­zens who are fi­nally look­ing for­ward to au­tumn and the chilly de­lights that come with the sea­son.

That was, un­til Hur­ri­cane Irma went and changed course and tim- ing, and forced the fair or­ga­niz­ers to re­con­sider their open­ing date.

So in­stead of open­ing on Tues­day night as planned, the fair in­stead opens this evening and will con­tinue through Satur­day at the Polk County Fair­grounds, lo­cated off High­way 278 next to Cedar­town By­pass.

Stan­dard gate ad­mis­sion for this year’s event is $5 for adults and $3 for chil­dren, and chil­dren ages five and un­der get in free. Those look­ing to ride to their heart’s con­tent can pur­chase arm bands for $18 on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day be­fore the price in­creases to $20 on Fri­day and Satur­day. Fair park­ing is al­ways free.

The Polk County fair offers nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­counts and free mem­ber­ship to the dif­fer­ent de­mo­graph­ics of at­ten­dees. All dis­counts and free ad­mis­sion ap­ply only to stan­dard gate ad­mis­sion- not arm­bands!

Wed­nes­day’s com­mu­nity night offers a dis­count to any­one who brings their church bul­letin. Se­niors should con­sider stop­ping by on Thurs­day where they can get free ad­mis­sion through the front gate for Se­nior Night. Polk’s first re­spon­ders (fire­men, EMS, law en­force­ment) will be of­fered a dis­counted ad­mis­sion on Fri­day for First Re­spon­ders night. Polk’s vet­er­ans will be hon­ored on Satur­day, the fair’s last night, with a dis­counted ad­mis­sion for Vet­eran’s Night.

With a new company sup­ply­ing the rides, games, and con­ces­sions, pa­trons can ex­pect “all the old fa­vorites, but with some ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tions this year,” said Cedar­town Ex­change Club mem­ber and mar­ket­ing vol­un­teer Sam Branch. The fair is typ­i­cally home to gi­ant swings, a Fer­ris Wheel, High Striker, bumper cars, and more. Along­side rides catered to thrill seek­ers, nu­mer­ous at­trac­tions will be avail­able for chil­dren.

Along­side the rides and games, the fair is host­ing a slew of hu­man en­ter­tain­ment in the form of mu­si­cians. Those who were sched­uled for Tues­day night’s en­ter­tain­ment will get an op­por­tu­nity to resched­ule dur­ing the rest of the week.

A fair isn’t a fair with­out judg­ing of some sort and the Polk County fair is look­ing to rate ev­ery­thing from veg­eta­bles and flow­ers to live­stock. Ap­plica- tions for live­stock were due Au­gust 31st, and Polk County Ex­ten­sion Co­or­di­na­tor Ricky Ens­ley will be act­ing as live­stock judge. The Beef Cat­tle show will be Thurs­day, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.; The Mar­ket Lamb show will be Satur­day, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.

The fair is the pri­mary fundraiser for the Cedar­town Ex­change Club that has used the event to re­turn over $10,000 into the Polk County com­mu­nity each year since 1961. The Ex­change Club has 4 main goals in the forms of pre­vent­ing child abuse, youth pro­grams, com­mu­nity ser­vice, and Amer­i­can­ism. Money earned from fundrais­ers goes to lo­cal se­niors as schol­ar­ships and spon­sor­ships for or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Our House Bat­tered Women Shel­ter, Boy Scouts, Parkin­son’s Walk, Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Com­mis­sion chil­dren’s pro­gram, Law Of­fi­cer of the Year, and many more. More in­for­ma­tion about the fair and the club can be found at https:// www.face­book.com/Ex­change-Club-ofCedar­town-1595905767378165/ or https:// www.cedar­townex­change­club.com/.

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

The first of the rides showed up early Sun­day morn­ing for the fair, but they won’t be fully setup un­til af­ter po­ten­tial bad weather passes from Hur­ri­cane Irma.

Stan­dard Jour­nal Kevin Myrick /

Usu­ally the Polk County Fair­grounds are a busy place on a Sun­day morn­ing, but the po­ten­tial for stormy weather on Tues­day as the fair was set to start af­ter press time meant that a de­lay was put in place for the most part on get­ting ready for the an­nual fair, which will kick off tonight ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers. The worry was if Hur­ri­cane Irma con­tin­ues to fol­low its path early this week, much of the setup work would then be­come re­pair work.

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