North Georgia State Fair

The 81st annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town from September 19-29, 2013. As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, it attracts an estimated 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states. The fair features flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, animals, dancers, singers, food, free attractions and shows and the Great James H. Drew Exposition – one of the largest carnival midways in the U.S.

The fair offers free concerts with big names hitting the stage. A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine. All concerts  are free with fair admission.

2013 Entertainment Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013: Opening Day, North Georgia State Fair Beauty Pageant, Lauren Green, 2012 Miss North Georgia State Fair
  • Friday, September 20, 2013: Phillips, Craig, and Dean in concert at 8pm
  • Saturday, September 21, 2013: Lauren Alaina in concert at 8pm
  • Sunday, September 22, 2013:
  • Monday, September 23, 2013: Pebblebrook School of the Performing Arts at 8pm
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2013: Special populations night, beautiful baby contest – 0 to 36 months old at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2013: Lee Brice in concert at 8pm
  • Thursday, September 23, 2013: Loretta Lynn in concert at 8pm
  • Friday, September 27, 2013: Colt Ford in concert at 8pm
  • Saturday, September 28, 2013: Chainsaw carving auction at 7pm, Jerrod Niemann in concert at 8pm
  • Sunday, September 29, 2013:

2013 Shows:
Shows this year include Sea Lion Splash, Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show, Horses Horses Horses, Oscar the Robot, Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw”, and the Wit Carson Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. All shows are free with paid admission.


  • $7 adults
  • Free for children 10 and under
  • Ride tickets are $1.25 each (please note that all rides require 2 or more tickets a piece)
  • Parking is $3

2013 Specials and Unlimited Rides Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013: Opening Day, Free Admission, $18 unlimited rides
  • Friday, September 20, 2013: Senior Citizen Day – Free Admission for seniors 55 and up, Heroes Day - all active, reserve or retired military veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders are admitted FREE with valid identification.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2013: 10am to 11am free admission and rides, 11am to 3pm $25 unlimited rides (good until close)
  • Sunday, September 22, 2013: kids 12 and under free all day, $1 off admission with church bulletin
  • Monday, September 23, 2013: $15 unlimited rides
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2013: 18 and under admitted free all day, $18 unlimited rides
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2013: $18 unlimited rides
  • Thursday, September 23, 2013:
  • Friday, September 27, 2013: $1 off adult admission with a non-winning Georgia Lottery ticket, bring 7 non-perishable can good items and receive 1 free adult admission
  • Saturday, September 28, 2013: Bring 7 non-perishable can good items and receive 1 free adult admission, 10am to 11am free admission and rides, 11am to 3pm $25 unlimited rides (good until close)
  • Sunday, September 29, 2013: Bring 7 non-perishable can good items and receive 1 free adult admission

2013 Hours:

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 4pm to 11pm
  • Friday, September 20, 2013 from 4 pm to midnight
  • Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10 am to midnight
  • Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 10 pm
  • Monday – Thursday, September 23 – 26, 2013 from 4 pm to 11 pm
  • Friday, September 27, 2013 from 4 pm to midnight
  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10 am to midnight
  • Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 12:30 to 10 pm

Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road
Marietta, GA 30008


Contact Information:
Phone: (770) 423-1330



Legendary Fair, Legendary Fun 

legendary-fair-legendary-fun-magazine-smFew events signal the start of fall quite like a fair imbued with the scent of cotton candy, the roar of rollercoasters and the halogen glow of old-fashioned carnival booths. This year, autumn in Cobb County begins the same way it has for 81 years, with the start of the North Georgia State Fair. For 11 glorious days at the end of September, a local tradition springs to life. More…

Contact Information:
Phone: (770) 423-1330


  1. andie says

    I have made a blanket and want to submit it at the fair and try for one of those great blue ribbons. Where do I need to go to submit the art work?

  2. Susan says

    Would like to get information on working the vendor booths, have tried several emails, with no response.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. kirsten mcclellan says

    I order some ride tickets and never recieved them. We are going to the fair next Saturday, Oct 2nd. Is there somewhere I can go to see where they might be?

    • says

      Hi Kirsten,
      It would probably be best to check with the organization or website that sold you the tickets. If that does not work, try calling the event organizers at (770) 423-1330.

    • says

      Hi Mandy,
      We have been when it was raining and when it was sunny, and you can definitely have fun either way. Some of the animal attractions are in covered areas, and some are outside. When it is raining, you will generally have cooler weather, shorter lines, and fewer people, however some of the attractions may be temporarily closed.



  4. says

    Hello, I am a member of a student organization called LINK at KSU. We are focused on doing community service all over the world and we are planning our national service project for this year. For this we need to do fundraising. We were wondering if it was too late, and if not how much it would cost, to rent a booth at the Fair this year? Thankyou!

  5. Billy Pollard says

    We r looking forward 2 eating funnel cake’s n dancing with The Band Perry at ya’ll’s fair. We will be traveling from Statham Ga just west of Athens. My question is will there be any additional charge’s 4 admission 2 see The Band Perry ? Thank You very much, Bill Pollard and Family…….

  6. Lea Griggs says


    I’m trying to find the details for entering my baby in the Beautiful Baby contest and the link for additional information is not working, can you send me the details for entering please? Thank you much in advance!

    • says

      Hi Everyone,

      Here is the information we found about the baby contest:

      From the smallest princesses and handsome young princes, even the youngest of fairgoers are recognized at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Each year the fair gives mothers and fathers the opportunity to show off their new additions to the family with the Beautiful Baby Contest, sponsored by Atlanta Parent Magazine. The judging is informal and the contestants may dress any way they want. Parents sign up your 0 to 36-month-old starting at 5:30 p.m. on the night of the contest. The competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. starting with 0-6 months and working up to 36 months in six-month increments. There is no cost to enter a child into the competition, but regular fair admission is required.

      Winners of each category will receive a plaque, and ribbons will be issued to 2nd and 3rd places. Be sure to bring your cameras you don’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph the future Mr. or Mrs. America.

      Admission prices are $5 for adults, $2 for students – ages 7 to 18 and free for children
      6 and under.


  7. kayla says

    I can honestly say I am very upset about the pageant last night for the babies. i know that they did not know what was going on but there was nothing.. no color nor coordination what so ever. this was the first year my daughter was in it and i was seriously disappointed.

  8. Contessa says

    With the 1 free adult admission in exchange for 7 non perishable items on Saturday Sept 29, 2012, is that an all day special or would I have to come at a certain time?

  9. Rebecca David says

    We are new to the area and was our first time to this fair grounds I have to say I am very disappointed I brought my teenager and several friends out to see colt ford and well needless to say we never got in to the fair because after sitting in line for what seem like forever we are then told we have to go up turn around and come back down and all that just to be rerouted to yet another location by this time it’s almost. Nine and from the looks of it there is no hope In getting in to see colt ford so all of our night was ruin not sure how you all need to do it but when you are. Bringing a name like colt ford to a place like that it should be better prepared to handle the people Who are gonna show up cuz it is really disappointing to the teenagers that have been planning this trip all week we have a trucking company and don’t get time off often and this was something that my kids really wanted to go to so everyone pitched in got the work done so we could go and have a good time but all we got was a trip around a block and a lot of wasted fuel oh and several sad faces when we were told we would. BE wasting our time cuz it would be over before we would ever get in not sure how to fix it so it is more people friendly but this is for sure not the way to go maybe having ticket sold just for a certain night and when they are gone there gone or several different shows by each preformer again I don’t know how it’s set up on the inside but plz try and figure out a way it can be more enjoyable for those of us that just want to see the concerts

    • Jamie Beck says

      The fair is not one big company. It is organized by the fair management and consists of the large carnival company (rides and games), individual vendors, paid entertainers and local competitive exhibitors, who all go their separate ways after it’s over. “It” does not just pick up and move somewhere else. Fairs can be similar, but are individually unique.

  10. Marcia says

    Directions to the fair after the MARTA train station, that is, which bus and which is the best connection MARTA point. Thank you.

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