PERRY -- The Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority will be one of the first agencies to receive an analysis of its processes and budgeting as part of Gov. Nathan Deals zero-based budgeting initiative.
The process is being handled by the Office of Planning and Budget to review different state-funded organizations for fiscal responsibility.
During the authoritys Wednesday board meeting, Ransom E. Moore, executive director of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, said he wasnt worried about the audit but welcomed the chance to show how the agricenter has upheld its mission for 27 years.
I think its a good exercise in fiscal responsibility, he said.
The agricenter went through its own audit four years ago and trimmed a lot of excesses from its budget. According to its fiscal 2012 budget, the fairgrounds was expected to receive 12.6 percent of its funding from the state.
The remaining funds are generated through the Georgia National Fair as well as other events held during the year.
Were healthy and ready to be in the first group, Moore said.
Also at the meeting, commercial sales representative for the fairgrounds Ashley Brown announced several new acts for the 23rd annual fair, to be held Oct. 4-14.
Coming to town will be the K-9s in Flight show with dock diving and flying disc catching rescue dogs.
Also new will be Matt Baker, who is a comedian and stunt man who has performed on the Americas Got Talent television show.
All new this year are medieval jousting performances by the Dark Knights, a vaudeville and Cirque du Soleil-like act called Mango and Dango, as well as the band Satisfaction, which covers the Rolling Stones. As a branding campaign for its return to television, Name That Tune will have a roaming booth with prizes for fair-goers.
Returning to the fair will be Robinsons Racing Pigs, which is the only act to be at the fair all 23 years, as well as Mutton Racing and Vocal Trash.
Average White Band and Macon band Grapevine will perform for Sneak-A-Peek day Oct. 4.
Hot Chelle Rae is scheduled as the headlining act for the Oct. 13 concert with Allstar Weekend opening. The concert for Oct 6. has not been finalized.
Bob Irwin, chief operating officer who is part of the authoritys entertainment committee, said they have given offers to 21 performers so far for the first weekend.