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Columbia County Fair opens Thursday

Runs for 10 days

Posted: November 2, 2013 - 11:03pm
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Visitors to the Columbia County Fair enjoy one of the rides on opening day, Oct. 31, 2013. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Visitors to the Columbia County Fair enjoy one of the rides on opening day, Oct. 31, 2013. Photo by Jim Blaylock

The Columbia County Fairgrounds came to life Thursday as the annual county fair began its 10-day run.

Excited families gathered in front of the gates more than an hour before the fair opened.

“I’m excited,” Columbia County Merchants Asso-ciation President Richard Fender said before the opening. “I couldn’t hardly sleep last night to tell you the truth.”

The 48th annual fair is the largest fundraiser for the Merchants Association, which dispersed $18,000 to area charities – including the American Red Cross, Camp Rainbow, Easter Seals, Project Wish, Columbia County Cares and Martinez-Evans Little League – at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Earlier in the year, the Merchants gave $12,500 in scholarships to Columbia County students.

“More charities, more money,” Fender said of his hopes to raise even more money for the charities. “I’d live to see it next year.”

Fender said the fair is only one of the many ways the Merchants contribute to the community.

The fair runs daily through Nov. 9 at the fairgrounds on Columbia Road across from Patriots Park.

For more information, visit www.columbiacountyfair.net.

COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR

Sunday

Hours: 1-11 p.m.

Admission: $5, unlimited rides for $20; $1 discount for students

Monday– Military Appreciation Day

Hours: 5-11 p.m.

Admission: $5; $3 with military ID; unlimited rides for $20

Entertainment: Cricket Ridge

Special attractions: Demolition Derby at
7:30 p.m.

Tuesday – Apollo Night & Toys for Tots Night

Hours: 5-11 p.m.

Admission: $5; unlimited rides for $20; free admission with a new toy

Entertainment: Karaoke (kids 12 and under) with Tony Howard

Wednesday

Hours: 5-11 p.m.

Admission: $5; unlimited rides for $20

Entertainment: Ippie Music

Special attractions: UGA Georgettes at
6:30 p.m.

Thursday – Apollo Night

Hours: 5-11 p.m.

Admission: $5; unlimited rides for $20

Entertainment: Karaoke (ages 13 and over) with Tony Howard

Friday

Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight

Admission: $5

Entertainment: The Remedy

Special attractions: Demolition Derby at
7:30 p.m.

Saturday – Kids Day

Hours: Noon to midnight

Admission: $5; free rides from noon to 1 p.m.

Entertainment: John Kolbeck Trio

Special attractions: Master Chainsaw Carver carvings auction at 9 p.m.

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