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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

Cumming Fair keeps churning From music to rides, fun for all

By Crystal Ledford

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Get ready for some old-time, downhome fun. This year marks the 19th year of the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which runs Oct. 3-13. The fair, which began as a five-day event in 1995, has grown to include 11 days of family-friendly activities. From live concerts with top-quality performers and numerous carnival rides and games, to daily ground acts and yummy food, the fair offers something for just about everyone. David Horton, director of the Cumming Fairgrounds, said the festival provides a lot of fun at a reasonable price. “We’ve got something special every day, whether it’s a free admission day, a ride special, a concert, or a coupon,” he said. “So even if a family is on a tight budget, they can come out and enjoy the fair.” He added that this year’s entertainment lineup is top-notch. “I think we’ve got some good acts coming up and I think we’re going to have some pretty big crowds on all the days,” he said. Among the performers set to take the fairgrounds’ main stage under the covered arena include Greg Bates and Casey James on Oct. 4. Bates, a native of Nashville, Tenn., signed with Effusion Entertainment and Super 98 Music. His current single, “Fill In the Blank,” was recently featured on the ABC television series, “Nashville.” James was a contestant on the Fox television series “American Idol” before signing with 19 Recordings/BNA Records. He’s currently giving fans a taste of his debut album, soon to be released, with the single, “Let’s Don’t

Call It a Night.” On Oct. 8, country legend Don Williams performs. Williams, who in 2010 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, recently released his first album in nearly a decade, “And So It Goes.” Kellie Pickler, who like James first found stardom through “American Idol,” will take the stage Oct. 10. Pickler, also signed by 19 Recordings/ BNA Records, released her third album, “100 Proof” earlier this year. She also gained a greater fan base this spring when she was crowned the winner of ABC’s popular show, “Dancing with the Stars.” Besides the main stage concerts, a number of ground acts will provide daily entertainment through the fair’s run. Returning favorites Oscar the Robot and Brian Ruth, Master of the Chainsaw, will be back, as will the North Georgia Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. Horses, Horses, Horses, which made its debut at the fair in 2012, will be back and two new ground acts will provide additional family fun. At the Tiger Encounter, guests can learn about the beautiful and endangered creatures through a show that focuses on their natural behaviors and demonstrates the bond between the big cats and their trainer. Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show will delight the fair’s younger guests as they follow the adventures of the mischievous rooster and his best friend, Diesel the Weasel. No fair would be complete without plenty of carnival rides and games for all ages. The James H. Drew Exposition returns with its midway lineup of more than 40 rides and plenty of games. Rides require purchase of two to four tickets per person. The fairgrounds’ also provides something a little different than many such See FAIR | 3

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Caroline Blair, left, and Peyton Jones ride together during last year’s Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

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The lowdown on the hoedown Hours Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 to 10 p.m., Free admission Friday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to midnight, Kids Day Sunday, Oct. 6, 12:30 to 9 p.m., Senior Citizens Day Monday, Oct. 7, 4 to 10 p.m., Student Night Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4 to 10 p.m., Free admission Thursday, Oct. 10, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m. to midnight, Football Friday Night Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday, Oct. 13, 12:30 to 9 p.m.

Directions: To get to the fairgrounds, take Ga. 400 to Exit 15 (Bald Ridge Marina Road) and turn left. Continue straight through four traffic lights. Turn left at fifth light on Hwy. 20 East. At the first light, turn right into Castleberry Road. The fairgrounds will be on the right.

Admission:

Ride tickets:

Adults: $7 Students ages 5-18: $3 Kids 4 and younger: Free Parking is $3.

Tickets are $1 each, $20 for 22 tickets and $50 for 55 tickets. All rides require two to four tickets. The fair will offer $18 unlimited rides specials Oct. 3, 8 and 9, as well as a $15 unlimited ride special on Oct. 7.

Information: Phone: (770) 781-3491; website: www.cummingfair.net

events with its educational Heritage and Cherokee Indian Villages. The Cherokee area consists of several American Indian structures, including log cabins, a seven-sided council house, teepees, corncrib and smokehouse. A tavern, which offered lodging to travelers such as President James Monroe, in the early 19th century stands on the fairgrounds. Heritage Village is a reproduction, turn-of-the-19th century town that provides living history demonstrations throughout the fair. Roaming the festival will surely work up a hearty appetite and the many vendors will be on hand to help. Favorites such as homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, corn dogs, barbecue and deep-fried Snickers and Oreos

will again be available. Cumming’s mayor, H. Ford Gravitt, said he and all five city council members attend the festival each of its 11 days. He called the fair “a highlight of the year.” “We try to go down there and socialize,” he said. “It’s a big social time for the whole 11 days. We enjoy seeing people that come back every year and people who are new to the fair.” Apparently, there are plenty of both as last year’s fair drew more than 141,000 people, far surpassing the previous attendance record that was set in 2006 of about 127,500 people. Horton would love to see those kinds of numbers again this year. He’s hoping for cooperation from the weather, which every year plays a big role in attendance. “We’re looking forward to a drought the first two weeks in October,” he joked.

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The Tiger Encounter

Brian Ruth, “Master of the Chainsaw,” will transform a raw, two-foot long log into a true work of art with only a chainsaw. Ruth has been carving sculptures with a chainsaw for more than 20 years. All carvings will be auctioned on at 7 p.m. Oct. 12.

“Teen Tiger Mom” made headlines for sharing her bed with her tiger. At 19 years old, the ninthgeneration animal trainer is the youngest female tiger trainer in the United States. See her present five Bengal tigers in this show, which is dedicated to the education and preservation of tigers by educating people on the animals’ plight, as well as entertaining audiences with a series of natural behaviors and showing the bond between tiger and trainer when positive reinforcement is used.

Monday-Friday: 5:30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Saturday: 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 6 & 8 p.m. Friday: 5, 7 & 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

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North Georgia Petting Zoo and Pony Rides The petting zoo, located inside the big red barn, allows visitors to interact with bison, zebras, cows, rabbits, llamas and more. And don’t forget the ponies. Open daily during fair operating hours.

OSCAR the Robot OSCAR is a sophisticated, robotic people magnet. He generates and entertains crowds with his wonderful wit and outgoing personality wherever he appears. Radio-controlled with an advanced two-way audio system, OSCAR actually listens and responds to captivated audiences and his built-in video system enables him to promote any product service or event. His animated head and arms, music and sound effects all add to the magic, as he dances with amazed customers, prospects or other guests. OSCAR visits daily during fair operating hours.

Horses, Horses, Horses! Lisa Dufresne will delight and entertain the entire family. She has taken her life-long love and passion for animals and transformed it into a stunning show of animal mastery. She is traveling with three horses and nine American miniatures. Her horses include five acts, including a comedy show. Monday-Thursday: 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Friday: 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 3, 6 & 8 p.m.

Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show This hilarious show features Rowdy Rooster and his best friend, the mischievous Diesel the Weasel. The uplifting barnyard kids’ adventure will make you want to join in the fun. Also catch Rowdy Rooster driving around the fairgrounds in his hot rod roadster. Monday-Friday: 5, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 1, 4 & 7 p.m.

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The Forsyth Youth Orchestra will be among the local entertainment during this year’s Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

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Visitors enjoy Indian, Heritage villages A

trip to Heritage Village and the Cherokee Indian Village at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival is like a trip back in time. The historical tour is one of the fair’s main attractions and is open every day Oct. 3-13. Both villages offer living history demonstrations from the time when Forsyth County was Cherokee territory through its early settlement and agrarian beginnings. The Cherokee Indian Village consists of several American Indian structures, including log cabins, a seven-sided council house, teepees, a corncrib and smokehouse. A tavern, which offered lodging to travelers in the early 19th century including President James Monroe, stands on the fairgrounds. It was owned by Chief James Vann, who brought Morovian missionaries into Cherokee territory and was one of the richest men in the United States. The tavern was moved from near the banks of the Etowah River in northwest Forsyth County. Cherokee Village also features a display of rocks etched by prehistoric tribes between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. The markings served as some of the

earliest signs of civilization in Forsyth County. Inter-tribal American Indians will perform three to four shows per day, featuring dancing, drum and flute playing, warrior demonstrations and other traditional interactions. Vendors will also offer tribal jewelry, crafts and artwork for sale. Heritage Village is a reproduction, turn-of-the-19th century town and living history demonstration. Authentic working examples of antique farm machinery include everything from a cotton gin to a saw mill. The town features old country churches and a one-room schoolhouse, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, a post office and general store. In recent years some changes were made to Heritage Village. Several of the buildings were physically turned around to face the midway rather than the fairgrounds’ restrooms as they had in the past. Many of the artifacts and pieces of equipment were donated to the fair by local families. Other items were purchased at area estate auctions. Heritage Village exhibits are manned by dozens of volunteers who have made demonstrating the old ways at the fair a fall tradition.

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Little Big Mountain, left, and Laura Alcorn stoke the fire at the Cherokee Indian Village during last year’s Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

A closer look at some of the Heritage Village exhibits: Barbershop

Blacksmith

The barbershop features an assortment of old hair tonics set against a mirrored shelf background and other historic decorations. Many of the furnishings, including the barber chair, came from a Chicago neighborhood where mobster Al Capone once lived. The barbershop is in operation daily and offers fairgoers actual haircuts.

The blacksmith shop was donated to the fair by several local families in 1995. This demonstration will be operated nightly at the fair.

General store

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Kimberly Karnitz gives Chandler McMinn a haircut in the Barbershop at Heritage Village during last year’s fair.

The general store this year has been relocated to the building next door to exhibit hall, allowing for use of a large front porch. The store has plenty of souvenirs for fairgoers. It is stocked with old style candies, canned goods, sorghum syrup and all sorts of other oldstyle goods.

Cider press The cider press was also donated to the fair in 1995 by the Mashburn family. The Mashburns had a roadside stand each fall where they sold apples, cider and fried pies. The cider mill is operated nightly.

Doctor’s office The doctor’s office includes a collection of artifacts, photographs, old medicines,

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one of these beautiful quilts out for raffle during the fair.

Dentist office

Saw mill

This is an early century dentist office with the old dental chair, X-ray machine, drills and tools of the trade. The dentist office is staffed by local dentists throughout the fair.

The Moore saw mill was donated to the fairgrounds in 1995. It was originally located in Silver City and operated by the Moore family until 1990. Now the sawmill is powered by a tractor or a steam engine nightly at the fair and the annual gas and steam engine expo.

Post office The post office at the Heritage Village is worth a visit. Each display is an authentic piece of post office equipment and is staffed by a postal employee. Stamp collectors delight in snagging the special fair postmark every year.

Printing press The printing press was donated to the fairgrounds and was originally located in the Old C&S Bank Building in Atlanta. It was manufactured by Chandler and Price in Cincinnati, Ohio, and can be dated in the 1920-30s range. The booth, near the fair entrance, is manned by Forsyth County News staffers.

Quilting party Fairgoers wishing to see some of the finest quilts in Forsyth County should make a trip to the quilting booth. Each night of the Fair local quilters meet and create at the booth. Typically the group has

Syrup mill The fairgrounds acquired the syrup mill in 1995. It is operated nightly and powered by a horse. Syrup is cooked down with a 3-x-12 foot copper pan, in the old style. Syrup made at the fair will be sold every night.

Water wheel corn mill The corn mill was donated to the fairgrounds in 1995. Its original location was in the Chestatee community and is said to be more than 100 years old. It was in operation until about 1950. Now the corn mill is operated nightly at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

The grist mill The grist mill was owned and operated by Harley Thomas in the Silver City community. The mill was donated by the Thomas family to

The steam engine shed is home to many of the county’s old working steam engines. These tractors have all been restored and are used during the fair to pull the saw mill and are displayed and used for various chores at the annual steam and gas expo. At the Cumming Fourth of July Parade these steam engines lead the parade with whistles blowing.

Cumming-Forsyth County Historical Society The historical society will be in the Walt Harris house in the Indian Village. The group has items on display and many historical books on the county for sale. Fairgoers might even meet the author of these books at the booth.

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The steam engine shed is near the Cherokee Indian Village at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival. displayed on the wall in the school house.The old school desks with ink wells, corner stool, dunce cap and teacher’s desk will take guests back to the old school days.

One-room school house Pictures of local graduation classes are

The chicken house is run by Tysons and has old equipment used in raising chickens at the turn of the century. It

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Concerts Greg Bates – 7 p.m. Oct. 4 Greg Bates is a rare find in the world of country music: someone born and raised right in Nashville, Tenn. In the most genuine sense, he is a true product of Music City, motivated not by the trappings of country-music stardom, but by the reward of a well-written lyric. “The first day that I figured out that you can tell a story with three chords in three minutes and just kill somebody emotionally, I was hooked,” he said. “The stories are what really drew me to country music.” Bates attended Belmont College in Nashville, where he further developed his songwriting and performing skills. His talent quickly caught the attention of music industry tastemakers. Soon after graduation, he began “liv-

ing the dream” after signing a co-publishing/artist development deal with Effusion Entertainment and Super 98 Music. Bates recently recorded his debut project. “For me, this album is about getting back to country music,” Bates said. “There’s nothing wrong with what’s on the radio nowadays, but I think there is a huge hole where that traditional sound used to be.” The project includes recent Top 5 hit, “Did It for the Girl,” which plays homage to George Strait, one of Bates’ idols. His current single, “Fill In the Blank” hit country radio recently and was the No. 1-most-added song during its release week. The up-tempo, flirty song was recently featured on the ABC series, “Nashville.”

Casey James – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4

Don Williams – 8 p.m. Oct. 8

Casey James first emerged on the national scene with his third-place run on Season 9 of the television show “American Idol.” But James had been making music for more than a decade when he took his mom’s advice to try out for the hit series. A native of Cool, Texas, James grew up surrounded by music. Both his parents played guitar and sang, as did other family members, and James was playing guitar and performing throughout his young adulthood. His wide-ranging influences include such artists as Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, ZZ Top and Bonnie Rait, with a mix of ‘70s rock, blues and outlaw country all helping to shape his style. Following his success on “Idol,” James set his sights on Nashville, touring with Sugarland in early 2011 and playing his own shows while working on his debut self-titled album. The 19 Recordings/BNA Records artist is giving fans a taste of what to expect on the album with the bluesy, goodtime feel of the first single, “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night.”

Don Williams came to be known as the “Gentle Giant” in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, the decades during which he was a dominating country hit-maker because of his unique blend of a commanding presence and a laidback, easy style. His latest album, “And So It Goes,” available from Sugar Hill, captures Williams’ winning, self-assured ease once again. The style of Williams, which had made him a ballad vocal model for performers ranging from Eric Clapton to Keith Urban, is also captured on the new album, which is William’s first in nearly a decade. Williams loves the quiet home life, but he can still fill an auditorium or stadium across the U.S., U.K., Europe or Africa. Born in Floydada, Fla., in 1939 and growing up near Corpus Christi, Texas, Williams was playing guitar by age 12, taught by his mother. He performed in folk, country and rock bands as a teenager. He first gained musical attention as a member of the pop folk trio, The Pozo Seco Singers, which has six pop chart hits in the late 1960s. He was then signed as a songwriter by Nashville’s Cowboy Jack Clement in 1971. Between 1974 and 1991, Williams had at least one major hit every year, including “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” “It Must Be Love,” “I’m Just a Country Boy,” and “I Believe in You.” He also had a hit duet with Emmylou Harris on Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You” and was the Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978. His “Tulsa Time” was the Academy of Country Music’s Record of the Year in 1979. In 2010, he received country’s music’s highest honor with his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


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delivering songs that were both substantive and entertaining, including the hits, “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life,” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Pickler ventured outside her vocal career earlier this year as she competed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She no doubt made many new fans as she ended up taking the crown on Season 17 of the popular television show. But her music career is Pickler’s main focus and she is all about establishing connections with her audience. The songs she writes and records are another example of life imitating art. “I don’t know how to write about something that’s not real,” she says. “My life is a country song.”

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Rides delight The Great James H. Drew Exposition Carnival Midway A cornerstone of the fair, the famous James H. Drew Exposition returns with the world’s most progressive midway. It features more than 40 rides and numerous games that will surely provide fun for all. Rides require purchase of two to four tickets per person.

Garrett Venable enjoys a ride.

Kathleen Parks, left, and carnival worker James Phillips, right, help Oliver Willey play a dart game during last year’s Cumming Country Fair & Festival. Caprice Konitshek, left, and sister Aurora enjoy a ride.

Fair-goers ride the swings. The Cyclops is a popular ride at the fair.


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Extension service has many offerings at the fair By Michele Melton

For the Forsyth County News

UGA Cooperative Extension will have a booth at the Cumming Fair, just behind the large Exhibit Hall. The extension’s agriculture and natural resources department will have master gardener and master naturalist extension volunteers there to talk to fairgoers about gardening and natural resource conservation, what it means to be an volunteer, and how you can become an MGEV (extensive training in horticulture) or MNEV (extensive training in natural resources and conservation). You will learn about the public gardens and conservation projects that extension volunteers maintain throughout the county, including where they are and what you can learn there, as well as where you can

find MGEVs and MNEVs volunteering in the community throughout the year. The 4-H department will have information about the program, including eligibility, competition teams and club meetings. It will also be giving away a limited number of 4-H Clover tattoos and selling green glow stick bracelets (2 for $1). And you’ll want to be sure to check out the extension fall plant sale offerings for the 4-H fundraiser. Order forms will be available in the booth. The family and consumer sciences department will have a display highlighting safe canning practices and all of the award-winning canning entries from the competition. For those of you who missed the previous announcement but are interested in competing in the baking/canning competition, you’re reading this just in

the nick of time. Entries for the canning and baking competition are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (that’s tonight) at the fairgrounds covered arena. The complete list of rules and the registration form can be found at www.ugaextension. com/forsyth, but the gist of the event is below. Regardless of whether you’re competing, we would love to have you attend the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. under the covered arena on Thursday and participate in the tasting event following the announcement of winners. It’s the best deal at the fair — two samples for $1. A sign announcing the winners in each category will be posted in the extension booth by Friday. Canning baking competition rules overview: • It’s free to enter, but you

Classes of entry: Canned goods We’re taking any and all — limited to 12 per participant Baked goods Biscuits Corn bread Other bread (banana, zucchini, etc.) Brownies Pie Cupcakes

must be a resident of Forsyth County. • You can only enter what you bake/can (i.e., no entering great grandma’s cookies as your own). • There are three age divisions (youth, teen and adult) • Each baked good must be presented on a disposable plate enclosed in a ziptop bag; no points will be awarded for plat-

Fudge Chocolate chip cookies Other cookies (peanut butter, oatmeal, bar, etc.) Dessert bars Gluten free dessert Sugar free dessert

ed presentation (in other words, the food itself should look appealing, but it doesn’t matter how it’s arranged on the plate). • Each preserved item must indicate process date, minutes and method used. • Judging will be based upon recognized standards of quality, skill and workmanship; ribbons will be awarded as long as there are worthy entries.

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