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Fulton County Fair Celebrates 150 Years With Special Events




The Fulton County Fair is normally a special event, but this year, the 150th anniversary, is even more special than usual.

Special events and attractions, from historic demonstrations and displays, to a civil war reenactment, to lasers and fireworks, are scheduled. Gates open Friday, Aug. 31.

Carl Buehrer, president of the fair board, said the fair will offer a laser light show Friday, Saturday, Sept. 1, Sunday, Sept. 2 and Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3. Fireworks will light the sky Sunday night.

Civil War re-enactors will conduct exercises Friday through Monday at the north end of the fairgrounds. Also at the north end, the Fulton County Historical Society will present a number of displays and demonstrations, including cooking, rope making, noodle making, quilting, crocheting, and chair caning. There will be activities for kids, he said.

Friday night, a vintage baseball game will be played at the horse arena, and on the south stage, visitors can hear barbershop singing on Sunday and a group of fiddlers on Monday.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, features a variety of vintage children’s games and activities, sponsored by FFA chapters, he said.

High wheel bicycles will be on the midway Wednesday.

Machinery

A special display this year will be antique and historical grain harvesting equipment. About 35 pieces will be shown, including “one old Ferguson tractor with a mounted combine,” one of the first such rigs, Buehrer said.

Again this year, restored antique tractors will be on display.

There are improvements to the fairgrounds for the 150th anniversary show. The midway was resurfaced, and roads repaired.

Much of the improvement won’t be seen by the public. New drainage tiles were installed, and after two days of heavy rain, it’s proven its worth, Buehrer said.

Preparations for the 150th Fulton County Fair are on schedule, Buehrer said. Inside work is going on, and for the outdoor projects, he said, “We put on our rain suits and went to work.”

Crowd

Last year, attendance was 269,000. The single biggest day was Sunday, when 64,000 guests went through the turnstiles.

Buehrer thinks the figures might be topped this year, but weather is a big factor.

“If it’s not terribly hot or terribly cold and it stays dry, we could break most records,” he said.- David Pugh


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