Mark calendars for Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 to visit the fairgrounds
An annual tradition continues in early September here in Polk County, and this year the fair promises to bring fun for all ages and interests. Whether it’s the music, the rides or the Exchange Club footlong hotdogs or funnel cakes from several vendors, there’s plenty of reasons to grab the family and head over to the fairgrounds starting on Wednesday, September 7 and continuing through Sunday, September 11, 2022.
This year’s Fair president Richard Long from the Cedartown Exchange Club said the plans are for the same vendors who provide carnival rides for the fair over the past six years to return, but they seek to bring new rides to Polk County fairgoers in 2022. The schedule otherwise remains much the same, with exception to the dates on the calendar.
Exhibit booths remain available for those who want to provide people with information about their organization or local business. Contact Long for more information, but he notes that a booth can be had for $100 and “doesn’t have to be manned” for those who are interested in simply advertising.
Long provided Polk Today with a full rundown of what’s planned for this year, so make sure to bookmark this story or check back later in the month for a reminder of what’s in store for the fair this year.
Sponsors this year include CedarChem, Hardy Realty, Gammon, McFall and Villarreal, Attorneys at Law and others who have contributed to nightly entertainment.
Here’s a breakdown of information you need to know about each night of the fair in 2022:
Wednesday night opens the 2022 Fair as PSD Night, giving students and employees of the Polk School District the opportunity to get in free of charge for the evening. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the fair closes at 10 p.m.
Participants in the Lamb and Goat show will get to show off their livestock in the fairgrounds livestock buildings on Wednesday evening. The shows are set to start at 5 p.m. with lamb entrants, and 15 minutes following the conclusion will see the goat show.
Additional information about a Community Calf Show – for those only taking part in the show specifically from Polk County, will be forthcoming.
The Beef show for the fair that includes those entrants from outside the county will be held the following Saturday, September 17 at the fairgrounds. A separate item about signups for that show will be available shortly.
Signups for the lamb and goat show are due by August 31. Visit the Polk County Fair Facebook page for those forms.
Wednesday also marks the Miss Polk County Fair pageant, which is taking entries for participants through August 29 with a newly-extended deadline.
The pageant provides opportunities for young ladies from ages 1 to 17 to participate (12th grade) and a Baby Miss category (infants) has been added by popular demand this year.
There are only six contestants per age group allowed. Fee is $75. Only Polk County residents may enter. Click here to register.
After the pageants conclude, Will Terry will be performing for fairgoers on Wednesday night.
Smith and Miller Funeral Home is sponsoring the entertainment for evening.
Thursday night is First Responders and Seniors Night, and will feature two bands on the stage.
Gates open at 5 p.m., and the fair closes at 10 p.m.
Scarlett Wool – a longtime favorite of the Fair shows – will perform at 6 p.m. followed by Loose Shoes. Croker’s Hardware is sponsoring Thursday’s entertainment.
The fair will still open at its regular time of 5 p.m., but fairgoers get an extra hour to enjoy the evening with a closing time of 11 p.m. on Friday night.
The fair schedule includes the evening concerts from Jules & the Romeos, and The Band Taco. The shows kick off 6 p.m. Fair entertainment for the night is sponsored by Gammage Funeral Home.
The gates will also open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and like Friday night will close down at 11 p.m. to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy every inch of the fairground throughout the evening.
Bianca Rodriguez opens the entertainment for the evening on the last night of the concerts, followed by Saints & Rebels. Rodriguez is scheduled to take the stage at 6 p.m.
Trammell Lawn Care is sponsoring the entertainment for the final night of the Polk County Fair.
Gates open for the final day of the fair at 1 p.m., and the rides and fun shut down for the year at 6 p.m.
No major entertainment is planned at this time, though tributes for the Sept. 11 remembrance are expected. Check back for details later this month for an update on the Sunday schedule.
The cost to get into the Polk County Fair will first require a gate entry of $5 for each adult, and $3 for children. Those under the age of 3 will be admitted free of charge.
Armbands for rides will be $25 each on Wednesday and Thursday nights of the fair, and are $30 each for rides on Friday through Sunday.