Nights of fun planned for 2018 Fair

An­nual event in­cludes loads of lo­cal tal­ent, Ex­change Club idol com­pe­ti­tion on fi­nal night

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff re­ports

The Polk County Fair has a line-up full of fun for all ages as it gets un­der­way next week.

Fair or­ga­niz­ers re­leased the en­ter­tain­ment sched­ule for five of the six days of the big event held an­nu­ally as a fundraiser for the Cedar­town Ex­change Club, and it is packed with plenty of lo­cal tal­ent for 2018.

Up first on the main stage at the Fair­grounds on Tues­day, Aug. 28 is Martin and Si­mon West for a 6 p.m. show, fol­lowed at 7:30 p.m. by the Cedar­town Academy of Per­form­ing Arts, and clos­ing with Red­neck Romeos from 8 to 10 p.m. The open­ing evening of the fair spon­sored by Richard Long is stu­dent and Polk School Dis­trict em­ployee night, which gets all stu­dents and PSD em­ploy­ees in the gate for free.

On Wed­nes­day, Tram­mell Lawn Care spon­sors the night and a trio of per­for­mances meant to keep peo­ple’s feet tap­ping all over the Fair­grounds. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. with

Mck­ena Schrader on stage, fol­lowed at 7:30 p.m. by Rock Root Re­vival and a 9 p.m. per­for­mance by Scar­let Wool. Any­one who brings a church bulletin on Wed­nes­day night will re­ceive $1 off on en­try.

Thurs­day’s per­for­mances in­clude the Rock­mart Yel­low Jacket 10 and un­der cheer­lead­ers at 6 p.m., fol­lowed by Bill Brook as Elvis bring­ing alive the King of Rock’s reper­toire from 7 to 8 p.m., and then the McPher­son Street Band to close the night. Gam­mon, An­der­son and McFall is spon­sor­ing the evening of Aug. 30 at the fair­grounds. Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Night at the fair­grounds also means that they can come en­joy the mid­way with free ad­mis­sion.

On Aug. 31, GEO Spe­cialty Chem­i­cals is the spon­sor and with their help per­for­mances from Bal­let Ritmo Latino at 6 p.m. are on the main stage, with Un­chained at 7:30 p.m. and the Marissa Bear­den Band to close the night at 9 p.m. Fri­day night will honor all first re­spon­ders with $1 off at the gate with Satur­day of­fer­ing the same dis­count for vet­er­ans.

Smith and Miller Fu­neral Home is spon­sor­ing the fi­nal night of the fair, with the sched­ule on the main stage fea­tur­ing the Ex­change Club Idol con­test at 6 p.m., and Benny Gray and Trailer Park Cow­boys start­ing at 8 p.m. un­til the fair­grounds close for the night.

The Ex­change Club Idol con­tes­tants are com­pet­ing for a tro­phy, gift card and ti­tle of XC Idol. They were cho­sen from a pre­vi­ous au­di­tion and will per­form for three lo­cal celebrity judges.

The fair wraps on Sun­day af­ter­noon for the first time in the event’s his­tory.

Gates will be open from 5 p.m. un­til 10 p.m. Tues­day through Thurs­day, 5 p.m. un­til 11 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day, and 1 p.m. on Sun­day.

Ad­mis­sion to the fair is $5 for adults, $3 for chil­dren and chil­dren un­der the age of 5 are free. Arm­bands will be $20 each night of the fair and park­ing is free.

Ex­hibit booths are still avail­able and for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact ei­ther Ed­ward Guz­man at guz­[email protected] or Jen­nifer Hulsey at [email protected]

The Polk County Fair has been a sta­ple in the com­mu­nity since the 1940’s, draw­ing thou­sand of pa­trons from all over North­west Ge­or­gia and North­east Alabama. The an­nual event serves as the pri­mary fund raiser ev­ery year for the Ex­change Club of Cedar­town.

Each year the Ex­change Club do­nates thou­sands of dol­lars to var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out Polk County in­clud­ing the Boys and Girls Club, Our House, the Boy Scouts and many oth­ers. The Ex­change Club also awards sev­eral schol­ar­ships to high school se­niors from both Cedar­town and Rock­mart High School, while also hon­or­ing lo­cal law en­force­ment and fire­fight­ers in the com­mu­nity.

The fair­grounds are lo­cated off High­way 27 South at the in­ter­sec­tion with High­way 278 as it comes into Cedar­town near the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Polk County Fair, go the Ex­change Club’s web­site at cedar­townex­change­club. com or find them on Face­book.

/ Kevin Myrick, SJ File

The Polk County Fair re­turns to the fair­grounds out­side of Cedar­town from Aug. 28 through Sept. 2 this year.

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