Etowah County Fair opens Tuesday night – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

Etowah County Fair opens Tuesday night – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

The Etowah County Fair returns for its 78th year Tuesday night through Sept. 23 with games, contests, carnival rides, music and food.

“The Etowah County Fair is the oldest event in Etowah County that I know of,” said Randall Green, Etowah County Fair Association board member. “We’re the third oldest fair in the state and second oldest county fair in Alabama.”

Gates open nightly at 5:30 p.m. except Sept. 23, when they open at noon.

General admission is $3, with free admission for kids ages 5 and under. Armbands for rides are $15, bought separately from admission. The fairgrounds are located at 31 Griffin St., Attalla.

Tuesday night is “Dads Night,” when fathers get free rides with the purchase of another paid armband. Wednesday night is “Buddy Night,” with a buy-one-get-one-free deal on ride armbands. Sept. 23 is Kids Day, with free gate admission for children from noon to 4 p.m. and $12 armbands.

According to Green, rides are by C&M Southern Midways, an amusement company out of Eastaboga, with carnival-style rides like the Octopus (with eight cars to hold you, while spinning through the air), the Gravatron (with the sheer force of gravity to hold you while spinning through the air) and the Ferris wheel (with, hopefully, a sweetheart’s hand to hold onto, also while spinning through the air). There also are bounce houses for kids, and family rides like the merry-go-round and pirate ship.

The fair also features a range of contests for anything from photography to canning, baking and livestock judging, artwork, needlepoint and quilting, with prizes for the top three contestants in each category….

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