The North Georgia State Fair wrapped up its visit to Cobb County on Sunday, closing 11 days in town. Under gray skies, and sometimes rain, fair-goers enjoyed the fun, food, music and thrills, capping off a successful fair season after being forced to cancel the fair in 2020 for the first time since World War II.
And as expected, fair manager Tod Miller said this year's fair appears to have broken all-time attendance records. Miller said, while his team is still putting together the final tallies, the unofficial attendance numbers appear to be around 355,000 people. Attendance in previous years was normally around 300,000 to 315,000, he said.
Miller said the perfect weather, except for a period of the fair's final day, combined with people's missing the fair and wanting to get out and do something created the "perfect storm" for attendance. He also said fall break from school meant more people were freed up to come.
"It kind of all just came together. It was a tremendous run," Miller said, adding that people missed the fair last year. "We have a pretty loyal following ... and some of my food vendors told me people were waiting in food lines 30 minutes to an hour sometimes. They were that long. ... And when people were getting there, they were thanking (the workers) for being there. They've never experienced that before."