Decatur County fair back for another year

Published 1:42 am Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Decatur County Fair in all of its annual autumn glory arrived in town Monday night and was unloaded from large trucks, creating a glowing midway with the smell of funnel cake and cotton candy.
Gates opened Tuesday night and the Bainbridge and Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, host of the annual function, is selling armbands and admission to raise money for their programs.
President of the chamber, Diane Strickland said this year’s fair offerings would be similar to year’s past but their would be a Friday night concert that is something new.
“We will have an exhibit hall that fairgoers will pass through so we will have some local businesses and organizations that will have booths set up there” Strickland said. “But other than the rides setup along the midway, the other attraction we will have is the Michael Miller Band will perform Friday at 7 p.m.”
Strickland said the Michael Miller band is from Tallahassee, Fla. and they performed at River Town Days in 2012.
The fair, which has been going on in Decatur County for more than 50 years, raises funds for the chamber’s operating budget, “So we can keep doing what we do for the community with programs and services that we offer,” Strickland said.
The Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair begin Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the fairgrounds and will go until Saturday, Nov. 2. On Wednesday, the gates will open at 6 p.m. and ticket prices will be $4 at the gate and $12 for unlimited ride armbands. There are $5 window prices, $15 for unlimited ride armbands and $16 for unlimited ride armbands on Friday and Saturday.