PERRY -- Preparations for the Georgia National Fair, which is nearly four months away, are almost complete.
According to Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter Executive Director Randy Moore, work is about 90 percent done in anticipation of the fair, which starts Oct. 3.
During Wednesdays monthly board meeting for the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority, Moore said the security staff were performing scenarios to ensure the safety of attendees.
All of the ticket booths will now have security cameras, and temporary employees will be required to have a background check. Those employees will use a fingerprint time-keeping system to generate their paychecks, said Chief Administrative Officer and Comptroller Ronald Goldsby.
The on-sale date for the paid concerts has been changed to Aug. 31. This year, concert attendees will have an option to pick which seats they want from tickets.com, said Director of Communications Michele Treptow.
Hunter Hayes, along with Love and Theft, are scheduled to perform Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Justin Moore and Thompson Square will perform Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The 2013 fair was designated a top 20 event for the month of October by the Southeast Tourism Society. This is the 15th year the fair has received the award.
The fairgrounds staff is anticipating a large crowd for two upcoming events, the Southern States Triple Crown National Barrel Horse Association show July 3-6 and the NBHA Youth World Championships July 20-27. The championships had an attendance of more than 50,000 last year. It is the fairgrounds largest attended event other than the fair.