The 84th annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town from September 22 through October 2, 2016. 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.

2016 Concert Schedule

All concerts are free with fair admission.

  • Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8 pm – Audio Adrenaline and 7eventh Time Down
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8 pm – Granger Smith
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7 pm – Scotty McCreery with Zach Seabaugh
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8 pm – Frankie Ballard
  • Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8 pm – Colt Ford
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8 pm – Jana Kramer

2016 Shows:

New shows for 2016 include Lady Houdini, K-9s in Flight, and Peter Hart’s Puppet Show.  Returning shows include Sea Lion Splash, Robinson’s Racing Pigs & Paddling Porkers, Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw”, Eudora Farms Exotic Petting Zoo, North Georgia Animals Petting Barn, Oscar the Robot. All shows are free with paid admission.

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), $20.00 for 21 tickets, $50.00 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.
  • Parking is $3
  • Concerts are free with fair admission
  • Fair tickets will be available at all Metro Atlanta Walgreens beginning August 22 – September 23. Adults $3.50, 21 Ride Tickets $11.00.

Unlimited Rides:

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 (opening day) – $20
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 – $25
  • Monday, September 26, 2016 – $15
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – $20
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – $20
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 (sold from 11 am to 3 pm, good till close) – $25

2016 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 or
(770) 528-8989 after September 1

Website: NorthGeorgiaStateFair.com

 

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  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)

  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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