“We do try to go to the fair every year as a family,” said 12-year old Emmett Lepp, who is a seventh-grader at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Marietta. “I have been going since I was 3 or 4 years old so that is about 8 years. One year, we even had our picture in the MDJ.
“The fair is fun because of the carnival atmosphere, especially if you go at night. The colors and the food aromas are great. We always go at night and eat dinner at the fair. My favorite foods are the Italian sausage with peppers and onions and a hot funnel cake right out of the fryer with powdered sugar,” said Emmett of Marietta.
Old and young alike will enjoy the fair with its live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment and delicious fair foods.
There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway — one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster. Ride from one end of the fairground to the other on the 2,000-foot Georgia Mountain Lift, the longest lift in the state of Georgia that is new this year.
“My favorite rides are the bumper cars, Tilt-A-Whirl and the Wave Swinger (giant swings). My youngest brother and sister like the kiddie rides, the petting zoo and getting a pony ride,” said the son of Erin and Bob Lepp.
“My favorite thing to see year after year is the ‘Master of the Chainsaw’ guy, Brian Ruth,” he said.
The North Georgia State Fair is a family tradition that can’t be beat. “My Mom and Dad grew up going to the Erie County Fair in Buffalo, New York, every August before school started. We also go every summer to the Harford County Fair (Bel Air, Maryland) with our cousins and Mimi and Poppy. The North Georgia State Fair is better than either of those county fairs,” Emmett said.
Jim Miller Park is at 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta.
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