The Merchants Association of Columbia County fair hopes to appeal to adults and children of all ages when it opens its doors Thursday.
This year, Columbia County Fair officials are showcasing local talent by exhibiting canned goods, quilts, photography, paintings and crafts.
The rides were a major attraction last year at the Merchants Association of Columbia County fair. This year's fair begins Thursday.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The club has built an additional display for the exhibits, said George Sleister, immediate past president of the Merchants Association.
''There are some fantastic things that people have done,'' Sleister said. ''The new showcase will be full. There are 15 quilts, some Christmas things, and one man brought a replica of the City of Augusta he made out of cardboard. It's fantastic.''
A goat exhibition also will be included in the fair, and organizers say they hope to expand it to include cows and pigs in the coming years.
''We're going to have a goat show Friday night at 5 p.m., with people bringing them in from all over the state,'' Sleister said. ''We're expecting about 30 or so show goats. We decided to start with goats since its becoming such a big meat industry in Georgia.''
The fair will continue through Oct. 6.
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