MACON, Ga. — Georgia’s No. 1 economic sector will be front and center at Georgia’s No. 1 fair.
From the annual livestock shows to a virtual walk-through garden, agriculture is the centerpiece for the 2022 Georgia National Fair, to be held Oct. 6-16 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter (GNFA) in Perry.
The fair always brings big numbers. At press time, 1,199 youth had entered 5,367 animals in the Georgia Junior National Livestock Shows, with grand prizes sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau. The ever-popular Midway will have an estimated 80 rides and fair patrons will have their choice of eats from 120 total food vendors throughout the fairgrounds.
In the Georgia Grown building, Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and numerous other agricultural organizations plan to show off all that the state’s farmers have to offer. Visitors can share the experience of live birth at the Georgia Grown Baby Barn, where cows and sows will bring their young into the world.
The Starbuck Learning Farm by Flint River Fresh (FRF) will teach visitors about raised-bed gardening, community food plots, drip irrigation systems, community orchards, fall planting and more! This year, FRF will walk visitors through the community garden season virtually while showcasing some of their favorite “Field to Fork” recipes on the weekend.
Georgia Farm Bureau is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the 11 daily concerts at the Georgia National Stage, featuring Foghat, Lecrae, Rocket Man (an Elton John tribute artist), Southside Worship, John Michael Montgomery, Skid Row, Kool & the Gang, All-4-One, Frankie Ballard, Grapevine and Rumba Latina. All of the concerts are included with the price of fair admission.
New at the 2022 fair is the Georgia National Fair Food Fight, patrons get to be the judge of food samples from the fairs food vendors, who were asked to submit a new food item that they have never served before at the Georgia National Fair. There are 19 new entries, and all fairgoers are invited to try them all and vote for their favorite using the QR codes on participating food vendor booths. Visit https://www.georgianationalfair.com/p/getconnected/fair-food for the full list of submission.
Another new attraction is Extreme Chainsaw Sculpting, featuring Chris Lantz, an international award-winning chainsaw sculptor from North Georgia. Lantz has 12 years of experience in the craft. Some of his carving specialties include bears, herons, eagles, horses and many more. Watch in amazement as he turns pine logs into works of art right before your eyes! In addition to several scheduled show times, Lantz will be carving throughout the day.
Other new attractions include the Strolling Piano, Wall 2 Wall trampoline show and Otter Adventures.
Tickets for the Georgia National Fair are: Adults (ages 11 and up), $15; seniors (ages 60 and up): $10; children (ages 10 and under): free with a paying adult. Season passes are $95 each. Two-day passes are $25 each. Ride armbands, which are available on-site only, are $25 each for Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 10-14 and $30 each for Oct. 16. For more ticket information and to purchase online, visit www.georgianationalfair.com/p/tickets.
Note that the fair is instituting a new clear bag policy. All bags brought into the fairgrounds should be clear and 12x6x12 or smaller. Exceptions will be made for diaper bags as well as bags holding carry-in items for infants or medical reasons. Bags wallet-sized and smaller are not required to be clear. All bags are subject to inspection.
The Georgia National Fair urges parents who are accompanied by children to take advantage of the Identi-Kid bracelets located at each of the gates. By taking a few moments to fill out this information and attach them to your child, workers will easily be able to reunite your group in case of separation.
Fair staff also encourage parents to take pictures of children in front of the color-coded signs at each gate. This will enable workers/law enforcement officials to get a better description of a child should they get separated from their guardians. The color-coded signs will help fairgoers remember what gate to plan their exit from at the end of their visit.
Please be aware of arrival times and how they may affect your visit. All incoming fair traffic will be stopped nightly at 9 p.m. After 5 p.m. each day, any youth 17 and under will be required to have a legal guardian present for entry.
–Georgia Farm Bureau