The 89th annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town from September 23 through October 3, 2021. 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 live music, free attractions and shows, blue ribbon competitions, flower shows, live farm and exotic animals, dancers and performers, fun food, and rides on 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.

2021 Concert Schedule

All concerts are free with fair admission.

  • Friday, September 24: We Are Messengers
  • Saturday, September 25: Chris Lane
  • Wednesday, September 29: Gabby Barrett
  • Thursday, September 30: Jon Langston
  • Friday, October 1: Chase Rice
  • Saturday, October 2: Mark Wills

2021 Shows:

  • Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show:  If you want great old-fashioned fun and family entertainment, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is where you want to be! The show is filled with action packed competition and plenty of laughter. This show features only quality lumberjack competitors known throughout the world.
  • Jurassic Kingdom:  Jurassic Kingdom will have audiences roaring with excitement!  Not only do patrons get to experience life-like dinosaurs in ACTION, they also have the opportunity to touch and interact with them throughout the show!  Meet fantastic characters Terry the talking, comical Pterodactyl, Jack, a 2-month old Brontosaurus, & many more!
  • Kachunga & the Alligator Show:  From deep in the Florida swamp comes Kachunga, a real American Bushman, who dares to step foot into the watery domain of the alligator.  Watch in astonishment as he apprehends one of these man-eating reptiles with his bare hands.  Facts and humor, mixed with daring, sets the stage for Kachunga’s presentation.  This is an absolute one of a kind show and is guaranteed to bring audiences to the edge of their seats.
  • ARCY, Live Event Murals:  Known for his paint splashed style of large scale street art, ARCY has been honing his skills for over a decade.  In 2015, he announced his inaugural North American live event tour, where he took his skills on the road, spray painting 8’x12’ live event walls in front of thousands of onlookers in many of the largest cities across the nation.  Since then, ARCY has created hundreds of live murals and permanent large scale works throughout North America, Australia, and Europe.  His clients include The Smithsonian Institute, Major League Baseball, America’s National Parks Service, and he is currently developing a collaborative body of work for The Walt Disney Company as a Disney Fine Artist.
  • Magic Man TJ Hill:  Magic Man TJ Hill has traveled the country with his unique style of comedy and magic for over a decade. His show is filled with music, audience participation, hilarious comedy, and unbelievable magic!  Watch as someone defies gravity by floating in mid-air and borrowed objects appear in the most impossible places!  Appearing September 24-30.
  • David Smith “The Human Cannonball”: David “The Bullet” Smith will be shot out of a cannon, flying 300 feet in the air, across the midway several times daily.
  • Sandscapes: This is performance art the whole family will enjoy. You will want to bring the whole family back again and again as the Sandscapes sculptors transform 50 tons of sand into a specially-themed work of art throughout the run of the fair.
  • Robo-Cars: One of the most unique and entertaining acts you will see. This real life Transformer will be cruising, dancing, and transforming daily.
  • Treeman and Cowboy Woody: The phenomenon known as the Walking TreeMan! Barely distinguishable from the real trees, Walking TreeMan moves slowly and deliberately down the street, enchanting all that meet him. At over 12 feet tall, TreeMan can be seen from 150 yards away! Keep your eyes peeled also for someone dressed as Woody from Toy Story…only he’s 10 feet tall! He will be performing amazing lasso tricks to entertain the fair goers of all ages!
  • Robinson’s Racing Pigs & Paddling Porkers – Come cheer on the funniest racing experience ever! Pig racing gets even better when celebrities like Britney Spareribs and Lindsay Slowham are vying for the coveted Oreo prize. These porkers will race and swim straight to the top of your most fun list!
  • Eudora Farms Exotic Petting Zoo– Experience an interactive, hands-on exotic animal petting zoo. It includes 20 to 25 rare and exotic animals from around the world. See a wallaby, a zebra, a lemur and have a chance to ride a camel. This is an experience the whole family won’t soon forget.
  • Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw” – Will be back to transform raw logs into true works of art with only a chainsaw.
  • North Georgia Animals Petting Barn – at the south entrance of the fairgrounds provides a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike. Some of the animals that will be on hand include chickens, goats, cows, rabbits, llamas and much more! Pony rides too!

Other long-time traditions will continue, including sanctioned flower shows, non-commercial exhibits, and more than 40 amusement rides and games courtesy of the Great James H. Drew Exposition.

All shows are free with paid admission.

Gate Admission:

  • $10 admission.
  • Children 10 and under are free.
  • Ride tickets are $1.25 each, $20 for 21 tickets, $50 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.
  • All rides require more than one ticket.
  • Parking is $5.  
  • ATM machines are located on the midway.

Online advance discount tickets can be purchased for $7, with children 10 and under free. A book of 21 ride tickets can be purchased for only $11 (a 50% discount) through September 23, 2021. Visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com

Discount Tickets:  Half price tickets can be purchased for $5, with children 10 and under free – available at all Metro Atlanta O’Reilly Auto Parts September 1, 2021 – October 3, 2021.

Unlimited Ride Specials:       

  • $20 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – on Thursday (opening day), 9/23/21; Monday 9/27/21; Wednesday, 9/29/21 and Thursday 9/30/21.
  • $25 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – on Fridays 9/24/21 and 10/1/21.
  • $30 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – on Saturdays, 9/25/21 and 10/2/21 from 11am to 3pm (good till close), and Sunday 10/3/21.

Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday 4 pm to 11 pm
  • Fridays 4 pm to midnight
  • Saturdays 10 am to midnight
  • Sundays 12:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Address:
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road
Marietta, GA 30008

Contact Information:


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Event organizer’s contact information:

Phone:
(770) 423-1330 through September 3
(770) 528-8989 after September 3

Website: NorthGeorgiaStateFair.com

67 COMMENTS

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

    Thanks in advance.

  3. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

      Inside:

      Outside:

        • Hi Kayla,

          Here is the schedule for unlimited rides:
          Opening Day: $18 for unlimited
          9/24/11 $25 for unlimited rides (sold from 11am-3pm)
          9/26/11 $15 for unlimited rides
          9/27/11 $18 for unlimited rides
          9/28/11 $18 for unlimited rides
          10/1/11 $25 for unlimited rides (sold from 11am-3pm)

          • If we purchase unlimited rides before 3pm, are we able to come back (the same day) for no extra admission cost? Thanks in advance!

  4. 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. 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. Hello,

    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!

    • 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.

      Source: http://northgeorgiastatefair.com/Media/Fair%20Pageants.pdf

  7. 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. 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. 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

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

  11. The weather says it is suppose to be storming all day today. Will the concerts and everything still go on?

  12. Can you enter in the morning and leave at some point, returning later for the concert at 8:00 pm Saturday, and not have to pay?

  13. Do they sell chicks at the fair in the small animal section? And if they do, do you think they will still be there by October 2 on the last day?

  14. On Oct 1st am I reading correct that the rides are unlimited for 25 bucks? Do we have to get there at a certain time or is this all day

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