The North Georgia State Fair has been exemplifying North Georgia’s folk traditions for over 60 years and it has become the largest fair in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area by attracting more than 400,000 people per year. The North Georgia State Fair, which is held in Marietta during September and October, features blue ribbon competitions for farm animal owners, square dancers and singers, many free attractions and one of the largest carnival midways in America.
North Georgia Mountain fairs
The largest fair in northeast Georgia is Gold Rush Days, an annual celebration of the discovery of gold in the mountains near Dahlonega in 1828. On the third weekend in October, people come to Dahlonega from all over the world to enjoy authentic bluegrass music, hog calling, a liar’s contest, crosscut sawing, buck dancing, and displays of merchandise from over 300 different vendors.
A traditional German Oktoberfest is celebrated in Helen for 6 weeks each year from September through November with street parties, thousands of steins of Marzen brew and real oompah music bands. This Oktoberfest fair has become one of Georgia’s biggest public parties.
Located in Hiawassee along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the North Georgia Mountains, the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds hosts many popular events such as the Georgia Mountain Roots & Music Festival, the Hiawassee Festival of Arts, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention, and the Georgia Mountain Fair. The Georgia Mountain Fair showcases North Georgia’s history and culture with local arts and crafts, farm produce and live music performances.
County and city fairs
The annual Cumming Country Fair and Festival held at the Cumming Fairgrounds is an 11 day event that features free concerts, Native American dancing in the Heritage and Indian Villages, demonstrations of an operating blacksmith shop, a saw mill, a cotton gin, a corn mill, a syrup mill and a grist mill at the farming village. The Cumming Fairgrounds also contains a 44,000 sq. ft. covered concert arena with permanent seating capacity for 3,050 people and expanded seating capability for 6,000 more people, and an early 1900’s rural township with a working post office, a 1-room schoolhouse, churches and a general store.
During September, the Old Milton Country Fair held at the Milton High School in Alpharetta is an old fashioned country fair with live bluegrass music, outdoor barbecues and authentic country foods, children’s carnival games, horse rides and even pie eating contests. Farmers bring their fresh produce to the Old Milton County Fair, home bakers bring fresh homemade pies, jams and jellies while at the same time in downtown Alpharetta, weavers, spinners, quilters, blacksmiths and candle makers demonstrate historic crafts and trades.
Another old fashioned country fair is presented during September in Conyers every year. The Rockdale County Fair features the Georgia International Horse Park, many carnival rides, live entertainment, various competitions and the famous Flying Frisbee Freestyle Dog Show.
The City of Rome has been hosting the Coosa Valley Fair in October for over 60 years. The Coosa Valley Fair features livestock exhibits, homemaking arts and crafts, horticulture, agriculture, arts and photography exhibits. The City of Dalton hosts the North Georgia Agricultural Fair in October and their facilities include four exhibit buildings, a livestock barn, an outdoor stage and more than 60 carnival rides and games.