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Georgia National Fairgrounds wins Georgia tourism award

The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry received the 2010 Tourism Champion Partner Agency from Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The award recipients were nominated by the Georgia tourism industry.

This is the first time the fairgrounds has won the award.

The fairgrounds has had a $1 billion impact on Georgia’s economy since 1990 with its more than 15 million visitors, according to a new release.

“For 20 years, the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter has attracted Georgia’s young agricultural exhibitors, horse and livestock show people, fair-goers, and year-round building renters,” James E. Sutherland, chairman of the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority, said in a news release.

Georgia’s tourism industry ranks eighth in the U.S. and second in the Southeast.