Vendors move in, exhibitors prepare for Georgia National Fair

awoolen@macon.comOctober 4, 2013 

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Exhibitors check in Sept. 27 with their crafts at Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry as they prepare for the fair.

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PERRY -- Beneath the quilts hanging from the rafters of the Miller-Murphy-Howard building last week, paintings, ceramics and displays were being organized for the Georgia National Fair.

At the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, colorful flags border the parking lots that will be full starting Friday, when the fair opens. Vendors started to arrive the week before while the Georgia Living Program also was being set up inside a few buildings.

Macon’s Northeast High School FFA was getting dirty in the Heritage Building as they put together their display on colorful container gardening in the large chapter booth category. Their display last year earned them first place.

“We plan to go to nationals,” said vice president Natasha Reed.

She loves the chance to meet new people as part of the FFA experience. Last year, while in Indianapolis, she met a girl from South Korea who started an FFA program there.

“I enjoy how it gets us active and outside of the classroom,” Reed said.

Northeast High agricultural teacher and chapter adviser Lula Curry Williams said she has been teaching for 21 years.

The school has greenhouses where most of the plants they used in their display were grown.

During the summer, the FFA grows tomatoes and peppers and is currently growing kale, collards and cabbage.

“It’s sustainable,” Curry Williams said.

The Georgia Living Program has been accepting quilts since early September. The quilts are hung from the ceiling before any of the other artwork moves in, said Sandy Kusuda director of Georgia Living,.

Antiques were also moving in the Miller-Murphy-Howard building where anything from an old plow to roller skates and a car were on display.

Judging for the static entries, ones that do not have to be presented, is done before the fair starts, so ribbons can be placed on the pieces, Kusuda said.

Students from across the state bring in entries to the fair.

Cindy Meadows, a 4-H agent from Seminole County, was working on a few mini-boards.

“This is a good way for them to do their 4-H project,” she said.

About 22 students from elementary to high school will come from the county in southwest Georgia.

Some 4-H agents also judge some of the live competitions.

April Nasworthy, of Peachtree City and 4-H agent for Fayette County, said she judged an ice cream competition last year.

“Eating 30 different kinds of ice cream will make anyone’s day,” she said.

Georgia National Fair

Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry

When: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 4-13; rides open at noon on week days and 10 a.m. on weekends.

Cost: Adults $10, children 10 and under free with paying adult, senior citizens $8, groups $9 each with a minimum of 20 adults. Ride armbands are $16-$20, and valid armband days are Oct. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13.

Concerts: Hunter Hayes with Love and Theft: Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. Justin Moore with Thompson Square: Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Each concert is $30, which includes admission to the fair if purchased in advance

Information: www.georgianationalfair.com

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