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Let your inner child play at the Gwinnett County Fair

The Gwinnett County Fair kicked off Thursday, and we've come up with the top 10 things to do before the fair wraps up on Sept. 23.

1. Get a front-row seat for the annual Gwinnett County Fair parade, which departs at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

2. Take a bite of the latest in fried-food offerings. In recent years, options have included everything from strawberries to Snickers bars.

3. Test your stomach after all that fried food by taking a spin on one of 50 twirling carnival rides.

4. Get a glimpse of the world's smallest woman. Well, not really - the days of sword-swallowers and bearded women are long over, but one attraction at the fair pays tribute to the glory days of traveling circus freaks.

5. Scarf down as many Krystal burgers as you can during a Sept. 21-23 qualifying round for the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating contest.

6. Pay tribute to the art of raising livestock by dropping in on one of the goat, sheep or cow shows.

7. Witness the stunts of the Fearless Flores Thrill Show, featuring The Amazing Human Cannonball and a "beautiful lady daredevil" who "defies death 65 feet in the air!"

8. Sing along to "Trashy Women" and "Queen of Memphis" during the Confederate Railroad show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

9. Check out the county's largest tomatoes, squash and cucumbers, on display in the exhibit hall.

10. Plop down on a bench for the county's best people-watching of the year.

- Lifestyle Editor Shelley Mann

SideBar: If You Go

What: Gwinnett County Fair

When: Through Sept. 23. On weekdays, the fair runs from 4 to 11 p.m. The hours are noon to midnight Saturdays and 1 to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville

Cost: Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6.

Info: Call 770-963-6522 or visit www.gwinnettcountyfair.com.

Fair Schedule

Today

6 p.m.: Santa Gertrudis show

6:30 p.m.: Toddler Miss Gwinnett Pageant (19 to 35 months)

6:45 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

7:30 p.m.: Young Miss Gwinnett Pageant (11 and 12 years old)

8:30 p.m. Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Saturday

10 a.m. : Parade (starts at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 70 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville)

11:30 a.m.: Southeast empire lamb show

8 p.m.: Miss Gwinnett Pageant

2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Sunday

9:30 a.m.: Southeast empire breeding ewe show

Noon: Red angus show, followed by simmental show, followed by simmental percentage show

1 p.m.: Wee Miss Gwinnett Pageant (3 and 4 years old)

2 p.m.: Tiny Miss Gwinnett Pageant (5 and 6 years old)

3 p.m.: Little Miss Gwinnett Pageant (7 and 8 years old)

4 p.m.: Junior Miss Gwinnett Pageant (13 and 14 years old)

5 p.m.: Miss Gwinnett Queens Finals People's Choice

5:15 p.m.: Teen Miss Gwinnett Pageant (15-17 years old)

2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Monday

5 p.m.: Gelbvieh show

6 p.m.: Charolais show

6:45 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

7 p.m.: Angus show

7:30 p.m.: Entertainment - Janie Fricke

8:30 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Tuesday

4 p.m.: Salers show

5 p.m.: Limousin show

6 p.m.: Other registered breeds show

6:45 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

7 p.m.: Hereford show

7:30 p.m.: Entertainment - Confederate Railroad

8:30 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Wednesday

5 p.m.: Swine show

6:45 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

7:30 p.m. Entertainment - Clutch the Showband

8:30 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Thursday

5 p.m.: Brahman show

6:30 p.m.: Shorthorn show

6:45 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

7:30 p.m.: Entertainment - The Skillet Lickers

8:30 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Sept. 21

6 p.m.: Steer, commercial, heifer show

6:45 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

7:30 p.m.: Entertainment - Joey Watkins and the River Street Band

8:30 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Sept. 22

9:30 a.m.: Dairy goat show

2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Sept. 23

1 p.m.: Chi-Influence show

2:30 p.m. Commercial dairy heifer show

2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.: Fearless Flores Thrill Show