Things to do in Middle Georgia: The Georgia National Fair (2018)

The arrival of autumn brings cooler temperatures and a change in seasons but it also signifies The Georgia National Fair has arrived!  This year, from October 4th-14th, 2018, Perry Georgia will be the center of activity in middle GA as it hosts the 29th Georgia National Fair.  This 11-day event opens its doors from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., so come out and enjoy all the fair has to offer!

Visitors will be entertained this year with a variety concerts, rides and games, exhibits, family entertainment, nightly fireworks, food, horse shows, livestock, rides, petting zoo, street entertainers, Georgia grown products, and plenty of commercial vendors selling their unique wares.

The Georgia National Fair


Prices and Daily Schedule for The Georgia National Fair

Adults pay $10.00 and kids 10 and under get in FREE with a paying adult.  Military and their immediate family members get in FREE on Patriotic Day on October 8th (with military ID cards).

Seniors pay only $8.00 and groups of 25 or more adults pay $9.00.  Group tickets must be reserved by September 14th. Check at the gate for advance pass prices.

Parking is FREE.

Ride Armbands are $20.00 on October 4th, 8th-11th, and $30 on October 14th, and are good for unlimited rides (some restrictions apply).  Come out on Terrific Tuesday (October 9th) and pay only $8.00 for gate admission. College students can take advantage of College Night on Thursday, October 11th with half price admission (with valid student ID).

The rides (60+) start up at noon during the week and 10:00am on the weekends.  They run until 10pm each day.

Daily Schedule

Admission: Purchase Tickets Here

Gate Times: 8am – 10pm

Food & Outside Vendors: 10am – 10pm

McGill Marketplace:

  • Monday – Friday, 12pm – 10pm
  • Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm

Georgia Grown Building, Heritage Hall, and Miller-Murphy Howard: 9am – 10pm

Midway:

  • Monday – Friday, 12pm – 1opm
  • Saturday – Sunday, 1oam – 10pm

The following schedule includes the dates October 5th – 14th, and excludes opening day of October 4th. Gates will open at 3pm on October 4th.


The Georgia National Fair Midday for Seniors

Seniors aged 60+ can take advantage of the midday for seniors special, which provides discounts during non-peak hours on weekdays.

Admission for Seniors:

  • Thursday, October 4th – Sneak-A-Peek Day: $6
  • Wednesday, October 10th – WOW! Wednesday: $6
  • October 5th – 9th and October 11th – 14th: $8

Special Attractions for Seniors:

  • Daily Free Entertainment
  • Home and Fine Arts Competitions
  • Horse and Livestock Shows
  • Free Parking
  • Fair Food

The Georgia National Fair Special Admission Schedule

Thursday, October 4th – Sneak-A-Peek Day

Gate Times: 3pm – 10pm

Discounted Admission:

  • Seniors (60+) – $6
  • Children with Paying Adult – Free
  • Pay One Price Armband – $20

Free Outdoor Concert : 7:30pm,  featuring The Grapevine, Georgia National Fair Stage


Monday, October 8th – Patriotic and South GA Day

Gate Times: 8am – 10pm

Ride Times: 12pm – 10pm

Discounted Admission:

  • Pay One Price Armband – $20
  • Active, Retired, Veterans, Reserve Military Personnel and Immediate Family Members FREE with Military ID

FREE Outdoor Concert : 7:30pm,  featuring Neal McCoy, Georgia National Fair Stage


Tuesday, October 9th – Terrific Tuesday

Gate Times: 8am – 10pm

Ride Times: 12pm – 10pm

Discounted Admission:

  • Adults – $8
  • Pay One Price Armband – $20

FREE Outdoor Concert : 7:30pm,  featuring Starship ft. Mickey Thomas, Georgia National Fair Stage


Wednesday, October 10th – Wow! Wednesday

Gate Times: 8am – 10pm

Ride Times: 12pm – 10pm

Discounted Admission:

  • Adults – $8
  • Seniors (60+) – $6
  • Pay One Price Armband – $20

FREE Outdoor Concert : 7:30pm,  featuring Peabo Bryson, Georgia National Fair Stage


Thursday, October 11th – College Day

Gate Times: 8am – 10pm

Ride Times: 12pm – 10pm

Discounted Admission:

  • Pay One Price Armband – $20
  • Half Price Admission with College ID

FREE Outdoor Concert : 7:30pm,  featuring Roots & Boots Tour: Aaron Tippin Sammy Kershaw, & Collin Raye, Georgia National Fair Stage


Sunday, October 14th – Last Blast!

Gate Times: 8am – 10pm

Ride Times: 10am – 10pm

Discounted Admission: Pay One Price Armband – $30

Please note that armbands do not include gate admission, non-mechanical rides, Agri-lift, boat rides, Mega Mile or Euro Slide.Perry Fair


The Georgia National Fair Entertainment

Entertainment at the Georgia National Fair includes concerts, horse and livestock shows, a circus, The Nerveless Nocks Extreme Water Ski and Stunt Show Spectacular , The Ninja Experience, mutton bustin’, nightly fireworks, petting zoo, live shark encounter, sea lion show, racing pigs, story tellers, human/animal stunt shows, and plenty of gifted singers and performers.  There is truly something of interest for every family member!


Featured Events

Cirque Ma’Ceo

The Cirque Ma’Ceo is family oriented entertainment that includes ten exotic breeds of horses featuring bareback riding, trick riding, and tumbling.

Show Times:

  • Thursday, October 4th – 6pm and 8pm
  • Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 14th – 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm

Location: South Gate


EquiMania!

EquiMania! is a popular educational exhibit directed toward youth.

Show Times:

  • 9am – 9pm Daily

Location: Horse Barn 1


Eudora Farms Petting Zoo

Eudora Farms Petting Zoo is an exotic animal exhibit featuring more than 55 animals from Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia. Animal feed will be available for a nominal fee.

Zoo Times:

  • 10am – 10pm Daily

Educational Show Times:

  • Thursday, October 4th – 6pm
  • Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 14th – 11am, 1pm, and 6pm

Location: South Side Reaves Arena


Kardenni

Kardenni is an artist and magician from Oregon with a captivating comedic magician presentation.

Show Times:

  • Thursday, October 4th – Friday, October 5th – 5:30pm – 6:15pm, 8pm – 8:45pm
  • Saturday, October 6th – Sunday, October 7th – 3pm – 3:45pm, 5:30pm – 6:15pm, 8pm – 8:45pm
  • Monday, October 8th – Tuesday, October 9th – 5:30pm – 6:15pm, 8pm – 8:45pm

Location: All-American Stage


The Nerveless Nocks Extreme Water Ski and Stunt Show Spectacular

This water ski and stunt show features a team of highly trained water skiers and stunt performers performing to the theme of Red White and Blue salute to America.

Show Times:

  • Thursday, October 4th – 6pm and 9pm
  • Friday, October 5th – 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm

Location: Main Lake


Live Shark Encounter

A learning exhibit for the entire family about sharks.

Exhibit Times:

  • 10am – 10pm Daily

Educational Show Times:

  • Thursday, October 4th – 7:30pm
  • Friday, October 5th – 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 6th – 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, October 7th – Friday, October 12th – 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 13th – 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, October 14th – 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm

Location: South Gate


Mutton Bustin’ Details

Let your kids enjoy a rodeo experience! Kids aged 3 to 6 years, weighing less than 60 lbs can try their hand at riding a sheep. The goal is to hang on and last 6 seconds.

Registration Fee: $15

Show Times:

  • Thursday, October 4th – 7:30pm
  • Friday, October 5th – 5:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 6th – Sunday, October 7th – 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm
  • Monday, October 8th – Friday, October 12th – 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 13th – Monday, October 14th – 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm

Location: East Gate

The following featured events do not include all of the events that are available. Visit Georgia National Fair Schedule for the entirety of events. 


Georgia National Fair Concerts

Concert performers include such entertainers as The Grapevine (Thursday, October 4th), Vanilla Ice & Salt-N-Peppa  (Saturday, October 6th), Neal McCoy (Monday, October 8th), Starship ft. Mickey Thomas (Tuesday, October 9th), Peabo Bryson (Wednesday, October 10th), Roots & Boots Tour: Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw, & Collin Raye (Thursday, October 11th), and Southern Uprising (Saturday, October 13th), plus a host of other talented performers in a variety of genres.

Concert Tickets:

  • How to Purchase Concert Tickets
  • $40 per person per concert (price does not include handling fees)
  • Ticket Will Call Fee – $5
  • Mail Fee – $5
  • Advance Tickets Include Fair Admission
  • Tickets Purchased on Concert Day Do Not Include Fair Admission

Concert Times:

  • October 6th, 7:30pm – I Love the 90’s Tour
    • Featuring Salt N Peppa and Vanilla Ice with special guests All-4-One, Young MC, and Tone Loc
  • October 13th, 7:30pm – Southern Uprising: A Southern Rock Revival

Concert Location: Reaves Arena, Georgia National Fair

Vanilla Ice – Meet & Greet Package (Limited Availability):

  • $215 Package
  • One Premium Reserved Ticket Located in The First 10 Rows
  • Exclusive After Show Meet & Greet with Vanilla Ice
  • Personal Photograph
  •  I Love the 90’s tour shirt (Exclusive to VIP Package Only)
  • Collectible I Love the 90’s Tour Poster
  • CD Copy of I Love the 90’s: The Last Great Decade of Music
  • Official Laminate of Vanilla Ice Meet & Greet
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Section Row Seat Location:
    • CC 1-4
    • CC 1-8
    • BB 1-3
    • BB 9-14

Salt-N-Peppa – Meet & Greet Package (Limited Availability):

  • $190 Package
  • One Premium Reserved Ticket Located in the First 10 Rows
  • Exclusive Pre-Show Meet & Greet with Salt-N-Pepa
  • Personal photograph
  • I Love the 90’s tour shirt (Exclusive to VIP Package Only)
  • Collectible I Love the 90’s Tour Poster
  • CD Copy of I Love the 90’s: The Last Great Decade of Music
  • Official Laminate of Salt-N-Pepa Meet & Greet
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Section Row Seat Location:
    • CC 1-4
    • CC 9-16
    • DD 1-3
    • DD 1-6

I Love the 90’s – VIP Tour Package (Limited Availability):

  • $120 Package
  • One Premium Reserved Ticket Located in the First 15 Rows
  • I Love the 90’s Tour Shirt (Exclusive to VIP Package Only)
  • Collectible I Love the 90’s tour poster
  • CD Copy of I Love the 90’s: The Last Great Decade of Music
  • Commemorative VIP Laminate
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Section Row Seat Location:
    • CC 6-9
    • CC 1-16
    • BB 6-8
    • BB 9-14
    • DD 6-8
    • DD 1-6

Georgia National Fair Free Outdoor Concerts

Thursday, October 4th – Sneak-A-Peek: The Grapevine

Monday, October 8th – Patriotic and South GA Day: Neal McCoy

Tuesday, October 9th – Terrific Tuesday: Starship ft. Mickey Thomas

Wednesday, October 10th – WOW! Wednesday: Peabo Bryson

Thursday, October 11th – College Night: Roots & Boots Tour: Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw, & Collin Raye

Outdoor concerts free with paid gate admission.


The Georgia National Horse and Livestock Shows

Horse and Livestock Shows Schedule

Thursday, October 4th

  • 8am – 8pm: Barns Open for Junior Livestock, All Barns
  • 5pm – 8pm: Junior Heifer Check-In, Practice Ring 3
  • 5pm – 8pm: Junior Steer Weigh-In, Practice Ring 3
  • 8pm: Steers and Heifers Due, Beef/Dairy Barn
  • 2pm – 7pm: Junior Market Goats Weigh-In, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 1
  • 3pm – 8pm: GNF Barrel Blast, Covered Horse Arena

Friday, October 5th

  • 8am: Junior Market Goat Showmanship (Grades 12-1), New South Arena
  • 10am: Georgia Open Drill Team Competition, Practice Ring #2
  • 10am: Junior Beef Showmanship (Even Grades) (Ring 1), Sutherland Arena
  • 10am: Junior Beef Showmanship (Odd Grades) (Ring 2), Sutherland Arena
  • 10am: GNF Barrel Blast, Covered Horse Arena
  • 2pm (following Showmanship): Junior Market Goat Show (Wethers), New South Arena
  • 4pm – 7 pm: Junior Breeding Ewes Due & Checked-In, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 2
  • 4pm – 7 pm: Junior Market Lamb Weigh-In, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 2
  • 7pm: Junior Breeding Ewes & Jr Mkt Lambs Due, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 2

Saturday, October 6th: Georgia National Fair in Perry GA

  • 8am: Junior Heifer Show (1 Ring), Sutherland Arena
  • 8am: Junior Market Goat Show (Does), New South Arena
  • 8am: Junior Breeding Ewe Showmanship & Show, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 2
  • 10am: GNF Barrel Blast, Covered Horse Arena
  • 10 am: Junior Comm. Dairy Heifers Due, Beef/Dairy Barn
  • 11am: Georgia Open Drill Team Competition, Practice Ring 2
  • 12pm: Junior Market Lamb 1st Year Exhibitor Show, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 2
  • 10 am: Junior Comm. Dairy Heifers Due, Beef/Dairy Barn
  • 10am – 1pm: Junior Comm. Dairy Heifer Weigh-In, Foster Rhodes Arena
  • 2pm (following Junior Market Goat): Junior Market Lamb Showmanship (Grades 1-12), New South Arena
  • 4pm: Junior Comm. Dress a Cow Contest, Foster Rhodes Arena

Sunday, October 7th:

  • 9am: Junior Market Heifer Show, Sutherland Arena
  • 9am: Junior Market Lamb Show, New South Arena
  • 9am: Junior Comm. Dairy Heifer Showmanship & Show, Foster Rhodes Arena
  • 10am: Cowboy Church, Covered Horse Arena
  • 11am: Junior Steer Show, Sutherland Arena
  • 12pm: GNF Barrel Blast Finals, Covered Horse Arena

Monday, October 8th:

  • 10am: Miniature Horse Demonstration, Covered Horse Arena
  • 1pm – 5 pm: Dairy Goats Due, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 2
  • 1pm – 5 pm: Boer Goats Due, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 1

Tuesday, October 9th:

  • 9am: Open Dairy Goat Show, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 2
  • 9am: Open Boer Goat Show, New South Arena
  • 10am: Miniature Horse Demonstration, Covered Horse Arena
  • 10am: JJ Horse Celebration, Sutherland Arena

Wednesday, October 10th:

  • 10am: JJ Horse Celebration, Sutherland Arena
  • 8am – 5pm: Dairy Arrivals – Beef/Dairy Barn

Thursday, October 11th:

  • 7am – 3pm: Market Swine Arrive & Weigh-In, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 1 and 2
  • 7am – 3pm: Junior Breeding Gilts Arrive & Check-In, Swine/Sheep/Goat Barn 1 and 2
  • 8am – 7pm: Steer and Heifer Jr. Invitational Arrivals, Multipurpose Bldg.
  • 8am – 8pm: Dairy Arrivals & Checked In, Beef/Dairy Barn
  • 8am: JJ Horse Celebration, Sutherland Arena
  • 11am – 6pm: Draft Horse Show, Covered Horse Arena
  • 6 pm:  Junior Swine Showmanship (12th-10th Grade) – New South Arena

Friday, October 12th:

  • 8am – 6pm: Steer and Heifer Jr Invitational Arrivals, Multipurpose Bldg.
  • 8 am: Junior Swine Showmanship (9th-8th, 7th-preclub), New South Arena
  • Following Showmanship  Jr. Breeding Gilt Show, New South Arena
  • 10am – 8pm: Llamas Arrive, Horse Barn 2
  • 10am: Draft Horse Demonstration, Covered Horse Arena
  • 11am and 6pm: Draft Horse Show, Covered Horse Arena
  • 12pm – 2pm: Junior Invitational Check in/Weigh in (Steer Classifying), Practice Ring 3
  • 2pm: Open Dairy Shows (Classes 1-9), Foster Rhodes Arena
  • 3pm: Junior Invitational Showmanship (4th-12th), Sutherland Arena

Saturday, October 13th:

  • 8am: Junior Market Hog Show, New South Arena
  • 8am: Llama Show (Performance), Practice Ring 2
  • 8:30am: Rabbit & Cavy Show, Multipurpose Bldg.
  • 8:30am: Judging Contest, Sutherland Arena
  • 10am: Junior Dairy Showmanship, Foster Rhodes Arena
  • 11am and 6 pm: Draft Horse Show, Covered Horse Arena
  • 1pm: Junior Invitational Market Heifer Show, Sutherland Arena
  • followed by: Junior Invitational Steer Show, Sutherland Arena
  • 2 pm: Open/Junior Dairy Shows (Classes 10-24), Foster Rhodes Arena

Sunday, October 14th:

  • 8am: GA Grown Hog Show, New South Arena
  • 9am: Junior Invitational Heifer Show, Sutherland Arena
  • 9am: Llama Show (Halter), Practice Ring 2

Everyday, October 4th – 14th:

  • 8am: Rabbit/Cavy Exhibits, Multipurpose Building

The Georgia National Fair Information

The Georgia National Fair Rentals

  • Wheelchair (Regular or Oversized) – $15
  • Single Stroller – $10
  • Double Stroller – $15
  • Wagon – $15
  • Electric Scooter (Must be 25 years or older) – $50

Rentals are available at North, South, East and West Gates, and unless otherwise noted, rentals are good for the entire day. To reserve a rental it is advised to call (949) 337-2249.


Ride Requirements

All Children under 36″ may ride the following without an adult:

  • Dizzy Dragon
  • Crazy Bus
  • Jumping Jumbo
  • Tea Cups
  • Rock n Roll Fun House
  • Raiders
  • Bumble Bees

Kiddie Ride Requirements

  • Bumble Bee: 36″ Minimum
  • Circus Train: 36″ Minimum
  • Crazy Bus: 36″ Minimum
  • Dizzy Dragon: 36″ Minimum
  • Flying Tigers: 36″ Minimum
  • Haunted Mansion: 36″ with Adult
  • Hero Zone: 36″- 42″ with Adult or 42+” without Adult
  • Hot Wheelz: 42″ – 48″ as Passenger or 48+” as a Driver
  • Ice Palace: 36″ Minimum
  • Jumping Jumbo: 36″ Minimum
  • Jungle of Fun: 36″ – 42″ with Adult or 42+” without Adult
  • Justice League Challenge: 40″ Minimum and 75″ Maximum
  • Justice League Combo: 40″ Minimum and 75″ Maximum
  • Kiddie Scrambler: 36″ Minimum or 48″ Maximum
  • Kite Flyer: 42″ Minimum and 3 Years and Older
  • Mini Himilaya: 36″ – 42″ with Adult, 42+” without Adult
  • Mini Wave Swinger: 42″ Minimum for Outside Seat, 36″ Minimum for Outside Seat
  • Orient Express: 42″ – 48″ Minimum with Adult or 48+” without Adult
  • Rio Grande Train: 36″ Minimum and 3 Years and Older
  • Rocking Tug: 36″ – 42″ Minimum with Adult or 42+” without Adult
  • Sky Race: 36″ Minimum
  • Super Slide: 36″ – 42″ with Adult or 42+” without Adult
  • Super Fun Slide: 36″ – 42″ with Adult or 42+” without Adult
  • Speedway: 36″ Minimum
  • Teacups: 36″ Minimum
  • Wiggle Wurm: 36″ unless with Adult

Adult Ride Requirements

  • Air Race: 48″ Minimum
  • Century Wheel: 42″ – 54″ Minimum with Adult or 54″ without Adult, No Single Riders
  • Crazy Outback: 42″ Minimum
  • Enterprise: 36″ – 42″ with Adult, 42″ Minimum without Adult
  • Fire Ball: 48″ Minimum
  • Galaxy Coaster: 47″ – 51″ Minimum with Adult or 51″ Minimum without Adult
  • Gentle Giant: 42″ – 54″ Minimum with Adult or 54″ without Adult, No Single Riders
  • Grand Carousel: 36″ Minimum with Adult or 42″ Minimum without Adult, 200 LB Limit
  • Music Express: 42″ – 52″ Minimum with Adult or 52″ Minimum without Adult
  • Indy 500: 42″ – 52″ with Adult or 52″ Minimum with Adult
  • Magic Maze: 36″ – 42″ with Adult or 42″ Minimum with Adult
  • Merry Go Round: 36″ Minimum with Adult or 42+” without Adult, 200 LB Limit
  • Orbiter: 48″ Minimum
  • Pharoah’s Fury: 48″ Minimum
  • Scooters: 42″ Minimum as Passenger or 48″ Minimum as Driver
  • Sea Ray: 48″ Minimum
  • Sizzler: 42″ – 52″ Minimum with Adult or 52″ Minimum without Adult
  • Sky Flyer: 42″ – 48″ Minimum with Adult or “48” Minimum without Adult
  • Speed: 48″ Minimum
  • Stinger: 52″ Minimum
  • Super Himalaya: 48″ with Adult or 52″ without Adult
  • Tango: 55″ or More
  • Tidal Wave: 42″ Minimum
  • Tilt A Whirl: 46″ Minimum
  • Tornado: 42″ – 48″ Minimum  with Adult or 48″ Minimum without Adult
  • Wacky House: 36″ – 42″ Minimum with Adult or 48″ Minimum without Adult
  • Wild Claw: 48″ Minimum or 77″ Maximum
  • Wild Mouse: 42″ – 48″ Minimum with Adult or 48″ Minimum without Adult
  • YOYO: 42″ Minimum
  • Zero Gravity: 42″ Minimum with Adult or 77″ Maximum
  • Zipper: 48″ Minimum

For more information about the Georgia National Fair information contact the event staff at:

General Questions: Roberta Wilson, Receptionist, (478) 987-3247

Commercial Sales & Rentals: Ashley Brown, Commercial Sales Director, (478) 988-6511

Box Office & Ticketing: Joyce Mann, Box Office Manager, (478) 988-6437 or Ticket Purchasing, (478) 987-3247

Horse & Livestock Rentals: Brittini Dees, Program Coordinator & Rentals, (478) 988-6523

Sponsorship & Special Programs: Keaton Walker, Marketing & Sponsorship Director, (478) 988-6483

Mailing Address: Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry Georgia

The information herein is deemed reliable, and is provided as a service. It is recommended that anyone seeking additional information or clarification contact the Georgia National Fair directly. 

The Georgia National Fair (2018)

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