Gwinnett County Fair to open this week

LAWRENCEVILLE — Start saving your nonperishable goods and begin the countdown: The Gwinnett County Fair opens its gates on Thursday.

“We’re trying to get ready,” County Fair Manager Dale Thurman said. “The carnival finishes up Sunday night in Memphis and drives down here to set up on Monday.”

This year, the three main acts performing daily are Ozseeker the Clown, who will be around the fairgrounds, Nojoes Clown Circus and The Edge 2 Wheel Action Show. The wheel show features performers demonstrating tricks on bicycles.

“It’s a bicycle show that makes the bikes to amazing things,” Thurman said.

The Miss Gwinnett Pageant — for all ages (newborn to adult) — begins opening night and ends Sunday. Babies, toddlers, young girls, teens and adults will grace the stage in hopes to win the first place crown. On Saturday, young women ages 17 to 24 compete for not only a crown, but a $1,200 scholarship towards college and the winner will represent the county at the Miss Georgia Pageant.

Young ladies toting tiaras isn’t the only event at the fair. Attendees have a chance to experience other traditional festivities, like the livestock shows.

Vendors are also lined up to set up to sell nostalgic fair food. There’s nothing new to the array for fried treats, according to Thurman.

“Each year you’ll loose some food vendors and add some new ones, but there will be the same menus,” he said with a laugh.

Starting this year, instead of collecting empty Coca-Cola cans to receive a discounted rate on rides, the fair is collecting nonperishable items.

Thurman and his crew will donate all of the food to the Lawrenceville Co-op and other nonprofits who need the help.