The sights, sounds and fun of the 69th annual Coosa Valley Fair roll into town next week, Oct. 3-7. Some 90,000-plus are expected to pack the fairgrounds starting Tuesday through Saturday. With fun rides, special attractions including a butterfly encounter and chainsaw carving, not to mention the food, pageants, cheer competition and exhibits, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
“New this year, we will have a butterfly encounter where folks can go through with a nectar stick to feed the butterflies. You will also have an option to purchase a caterpillar to take home and watch it turn into a butterfly,” says Bryan Shealy, CVF president. “We will also have local artist Jeremy Smith doing chainsaw carving. He was on Food Network last year and will be carving pumpkins and other things.”
Other new things this year include a kids pedal tractor pull in which kids will compete to pull a weighted sled with a small John Deere pedal tractor for prizes and the “Moonshiner Bob’s Lost Cabin” Escape room sponsored by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. The escape room will be at the fair each day with a separate admission price of $7.50 for adults and $5 for students. The goal is to find key items, thwart different challenges and clear the room before 300 seconds expire. Details
Wade Shows, one of the largest fair operators in the country, will once again be operating the event. They will be bringing over 30 rides including ‘The Gravitron’ and favorite ‘Tilt-a-Whirl’.
Gate admission is $5 per person ages 6 and up (under 6 are free). There will be an opening night special on Tuesday with carload admission for $10 (no trucks or vans). There is also a special online deal now through midnight Monday, Oct. 2 for $16 armbands. They will be $20-$25 at the fair.
Aside from the rides, there will be a number of special events including the Cheerleading Exhibition & Spirit Competition on Tuesday at 7 p.m., Little Miss Coosa Valley Fair pageants on Wednesday and Thursday, and Miss Challenger, Teen & Miss Coosa Valley Fair Pageants on Saturday. And let’s not forget the farm animal shows and exhibits. Click here to see the complete schedule.
Fair competitions include homemaking arts and crafts, flower show, photography and art. Young and old are invited to participate in these events. Registration forms are available online and drop-off will be next Sunday, Oct. 1.
The CVF gives out some $30,000 in premium awards for entries from fair proceeds. Other proceeds go to support The Exchange Club’s community projects including The Family Resource Center for the prevention of child abuse, United Way and Toys for Tots.
Gates open Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. For more information or purchase armbands, visit http://coosavalleyfair.com/.
On radio: Bryan Shealy, president of the 2017 Coosa Valley Fair, will join us at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM or online at wrga.streamon.fm