0

Carnival time
Fair has exhibit hall, rides, shows and food

LAWRENCEVILLE - The 55th annual Gwinnett County Fair is in full swing today after opening Thursday.

Featuring carnival rides, pageants, livestock shows, food, entertainment and a parade, the fair runs through Sept. 21 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

"One of the things we're most excited about, now we have more paved parking than ever," fair manager Dave Thurman said. "That's going to make it more convenient for people to get in."

While taking advantage of the parking conveniences, fair-goers venturing out this weekend can enjoy entertainment by herpetology expert and entertainer Okefenokee Joe and see the Fearless Flores Thrill Show - in a daring feat, three motorcycles will be ridden at the same time in a steel cage.

The fair's exhibit hall will also be open from 4 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The carnival is open from 4 to 11 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults, $2 for those 65 and older and for children 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 6. Parking is free.

"We feel like we're one of the best bargains of any entertainment in the fair industry," Thurman said.

For more information on the Gwinnett County Fair, visit gwinnettcountyfair.com.

If You Go

· What: Gwinnett County Fair

· When: Through Sept. 21

· Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville

· More information: www.gwinnettcountyfair.com

SideBar: Fair Weekend Schedule

Today

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

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

· 5:30 p.m. - Santa Gertrudis Show

· 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. - Fearless Flores Thrill Show

· 6:30 and 8 p.m. - Okefenokee Joe

· 7 to 9 p.m. - WGKA Night: WGKA Georgia Decides Sound Off Session with Joel Aaron

Saturday

· 10 a.m. - Parade

· 11:30 a.m. - Southeast Empire Lamb Show

· 7 to 9 p.m. - WGKA Night: Morning in Atlanta Townhall Panel

· 8 p.m. - Miss Gwinnett Pageant

· 4, 6 and 8 p.m. - Fearless Flores Thrill Show

· 5, 7 and 9 p.m. - Okefenokee Joe

Sunday

· 9 a.m. - Southeast Empire Breeding Ewe Show

· 11:30 a.m. - Red Angus Show, followed by the Simmental Show and Simmental Percentage Show

· 1 p.m. - Wee Miss Gwinnett Pageant (3 and 4 years)

· 2 p.m. - Tiny Miss Gwinnett Pageant (5 and 6 years)

· 3 p.m. - Little Miss Gwinnett Pageant (7 and 8 years)

· 4 p.m. - Junior Miss Gwinnett Pageant (13 and 14 years)

· 5 p.m. - Miss Gwinnett Queens Finals Peoples Choice

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

· 4, 6 and 8 p.m. - Fearless Flores Thrill Show

· 5, 7 and 9 p.m. - Okefenokee Joe