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PAGE 2A HOGANSVCILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014 I Fair and Festival Season Starts This Week in West Central Georgia Town About to S ' : iiiii!i By ROB RICHARDSON ...... ...... .... The fall festival season is getting under- way in west central Georgia. For this coming weekend, three simul- taneous events will be battling for atten- tion just to the north in Fayette County. *The Tyrone Founders Day celebra- will run from.Thursday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 20. The event is unusual in that it's few festivals to actually feature a full-sized carnival midway. Competing with it on Saturday and Sunday will be Peachtree City's Shakerag] Festival at the amphitheatre of Highway 74. Fayette will also host the Inman Farm Days this weekend. The Old Chipley Fair will be Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Pine Mountain. All eyes turn tO Gay on Oct. 4-5 as tlie Cotton Pickin' Fair is held once again. The longest-running event in the region, it draws a large crowd from Atlanta as well as local communities, That same weekend the town will also host the Shady Days in Gay Arts and Crafts festival. A few miles to the west, the Little White House in Warm Springs will hold fall festival on Oct. 4. *Warm Springs' Annual Festival will be held and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. The event has been gaining in popularity and attendance in recent years. THE THIRD WEEKEND in October is the busiest of the year for festivals, there's plenty in west central Georgia. One of the biggest is the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19. On the same days, another large event, the Concord Jubilee, will take place in Pike County. The railfan-oriented Railroad Days festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, with most of the activi- ties at the Manchester Mill. Talbot County's Fall Line Festival, pre- viously held the second Saturday in October, this year has been moved to Oct. 18 in Talbotton. -(Off Hw:718) ; ALL Proceeds benefit the Hopewell Volunteer Fire Dept. Call (706) 663-8611 for dditional questions! LATE OCTOBER brings a spate of school and church festivals, most avoid- ing a direct Halloween connection. *However, true fright-lovers can par- take of the Hopewell Haunted Trail near Pine Mountain. This year, the trail tours will be held on three Saturdays: Oct. 18 25 and Nov. 1. Fayettevflle's weekly farmer's mar ket on the square expands into a full- fledged pumpkin and trick-or-treating fes- rival on Saturday, Oct. 25. *Molena's town festival will be held on Saturday Nov. 1 with a new name: The Molena Turkey festival. -Plans are well underway for a town festival in Shiloh on Nov. 8. Details will be announced later. As of deadline, information is also unavailable on West Point's Winter Carnival, held last year in mid-November. Fairs. Festivals. What's the difference? Although there are no canopies in recent .... ~:~i~?:!::ii~i::~::~! ~::i::iii!!:::::?:: Man TI DITION/ ":FAIRS a major fundraiser. FORGETTHATDIET- Food ONE THING way isakeycomp0n t :. !S always the top draw at Fairs us i y we]]:into both fairs and festivals, food. : ; : . or om. ......... lie streets, Most f s.aIso charge a ...... . light hours. .... Manyofthe booths at fairsA majority are held on food is hardto find. STIVAI are frequent- lyOn/ yevents ....... 0ftenieddy atown and children s attractions such as Geor bounce houses, Small festivals carnival rides are rare in: patksi on town small festivals. By ROB RICHARDSON West Central Georgia's first traditional fair opens this week. The Kiwanis Coweta County Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 27. It will be at the new fairgrounds off of U.S. 29 south of Newnan. Early October will also see a battle between two statewide i events, the Georgia State Fair and the Georgia National Fair. In recent years, the Georgia National Fair in Perry has been regarded as the state fair, although that title officially belonged to the event formerly held in Macon by the Exchange Club. That event began to go down- hill when the Perry Fair was cre- ated in 1989. In 2011 a Tennessee based com- pany, Universal Fairs, purchased the Georgia State Fair and in 2012 decided to hold the spring fair as well as add a fall fair hosted at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. "The focus of Universal Fairs is to return the Georgia State Fair back to its former glory and rebuild the agriculture and livestock pro- grams that the first fair was found- ed upon," said a spokesmafL The Georgia State Fair will be held Friday, Sept. 26 through the state - will be held from Sunday, Oct. S at the Atlanta Motor Thursday, Oct 2 through Sunday, Speedway in Hampton. Oct. 12. Hampton will be a busy town: If that's not enough, west cen- the Cole Brothers Circus will also tral Georgia fairgoers can also take be set Up at the speedway for shows in the Spalding County Fair, set for on Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Friday, Oct. 3 through Saturday,: Sept. 21. Oct, 11 in Griffin. The circus will have to clear The Chattahoochee Valley Fair out in time for the carnival to set is no more, but the Columbus Civic up. Center will be the site of the The newly-relocated State FairGreater Columbus Fair. will also be competing against It will be held from Tuesday, Hampton's long-running Bear Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 19. Creek Festival, set for Saturday, The civic center Will also host Sept. 27 at the city park. the Slst annual Shrine Circus this Meanwhile, the Georgia week, on Saturday and Sunday, National Fair - still the largest in Sept. 20-21. ..........