The 20th anniversary Georgia National Fair attracted 416,709 fairgoers, topping 2008,s attendance of 407,136. The fair has been making a steady climb in MCW's Top 50 Fair list
and the new numbers could see an additional increase in position.
The fair set four daily attendance records: October 8 (up 75 percent), October 9 (up 17 percent), October 13 (up 30 percent) and October 18 (up 11 percent).
"The Fair was an extremely satisfying fourth quarter win with time running out," said Ransom Moore, executive director. "It was very satisfying for the entire staff to see the fruits of their labor rewarded with an increase of nearly 10,000 Fair patrons over last year."
The fair succeeded in wooing the Future Business Leaders of America convention to the Agricenter and as a result, mor
e than 8,000 high-school youth were on the grounds the last Thursday of the fair.
The event introduced its new Livestock Equine Arena which was used for the first time by Georgia's 4-H and FFA students showing heifers, steers, market swine, breeding gilts, breeding ewes, sheep, commercial dairy heifers, market lambs, and market goats. The facility is state of the art and will be used year-round. It is large enough to accommodate dual rings operating simultaneously.
"The new show arena was an endorsement of the state's commitment to youth agricultural programs," Moore said. "These junior livestock shows are one of the major reasons the Fairgrounds was built. We are thrilled to host these shows, plus competitions and/or rallies for TSA, FCCLA, and FBLA."
Also new this year is the East Gate entrance. It features point-of-sale credit and debit card processing and allows entry so fast that the Fair's computers had to be sped up to keep up with the crowds passing through the gates.
The fair's entertainers were led by Robinson's Racing Pigs who have performed at all 20 Georgia National Fairs. To keep things fresh, there were a dozen new entertainment providers including Barry DeVoll's Rainforest Experience, the Great Cat Adventures, Lawrence Gregory, the Nerveless Nocks and more.
Reithoffer Shows has also been with the fair since its inception. The carnival provided a huge midway filled with many new rides to the fair and Rick Reithoffer was very proud of the event's success in just 20 short years.
The show added an LED light package to their Chance Giant Wheel which thrilled fair guests with a spectacular light show. The wheel was the focal point of the midway.
Michelle Treptow, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Georgia National Fair, said the success of the event in 2009 was aided by staying with the fair,s value message. The fair gave a prominent role to their value message in all their marketing and continued to offer free parking and a number of promotions to reinforce the saving opportunities at the event.
Executive Director Ransom Moore also noted the impact of families and their participation in events at the fair. "The Georgia National Fair's phenomenal success is due to the families and their friends who attend the Fair and participate in its many events," Moore said.
The fair staff is preparing for the 21st Georgia National Fair, October 7-17, 2010.
2009 Georgia National Fair Photos:
Randy Moore, Executive Director, Michelle Treptow, Director of Communications, Bob Irwin, Commercial Sales Director and Richard Scuderi, Physical Plant Director, along with Rick Reithoffer
20 Years of the Georgia National Fair
New LED Light Show on Reithoffer's Chance Giant Wheel - installed by Len Soled's, Rides-4U
Excessive rain caused big mud holes on the back lot of the fair.
More Photos are Available in the CarnivalWarehouse.com Photo Gallery! Click here and then click on the "Reithoffer Shows" photo gallery to view more!
Ms. Clark's Perry HS Future Business Leaders of America enjoy the fair. The group was part of a convention of over 8,000 students who met at and enjoyed the Georgia National Fair.