Though he didn’t have final numbers, fair manager Tod Miller said Saturday’s event brought in the most money ever for a Saturday. And Sunday was looking like a “really big day” as well.
“They had a great weekend,” he said. “The weather’s been on our side.”
Miller said that Friday’s Christian concert featuring Newsboys drew between 7,000-8,000 fans, while between 3,500 and 4,000 people watched Casey James Saturday. And he expects more for shows like Sara Evans on Wednesday, Thompson Square Thursday and Colt Ford on Friday.
“We put our biggest acts during the week,” he said.
Shortly after the gates opened, the fair was already getting crowded on Sunday. Wanda Vinson of Woodstock, a Cobb County employee, said she had attended the fair for much of her 63 years. But, after taking a couple years off, she wanted to bring her 6-year-old grandson Mitchell Addison.
“He needs to see the things we’ve enjoyed all our lives,” Vinson said. “Once a year, just seeing the food and the games — you don’t have to sit in front of a TV or an Xbox to have a good time.”
The fair food ranged from gumbo to deep fried Kool-Aid. There were long lines for some of the rides.
This was the first time that Jim Murray of Duluth and his 12-year-old daughter MacKenzie were waiting in line for the Seattle Wheel Ferris wheel, which was brought back after a year away for renovations. He said they had wanted to come to the fair for several years.
“We’re used to the New York State Fair, which is huge,” he said. “This is the biggest we’ve been to since then.”
Addison had already tried the Ferris wheel. He said it was a bit of a doozy when they went down the first time.
“It was a little freaky,” he said.
The fair will be open from 4-11 p.m. today through Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight on Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight on Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday, the event’s final day. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 10 and under, while parking is $3. Individual tickets are $1 each, though the fair has various specials throughout the week.