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TODAY: 10 a.m.-midnight.
10 to 11 a.m. — Pre-opening special: Carload admitted for $10 (No trucks or vans)
10 a.m.-11 p.m. — Armbands $25-Unlimited Rides until closing.
10:00 a.m.- close — Wayne’s Train, trackless train ride, $3/ride
10 a.m.-10 p.m. — Flower Show, Homemaking Arts & Crafts and Photography and Art exhibits open
10 a.m.-10 p.m. — Coosa Village Building opens
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Home Depot Kids Build in Livestock Pavilion
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Little Miss Coosa Valley “Challenger” and Miss Coosa Valley “Challenger” pageants (sponsored by Miss Rome Scholarship Program)
3:00 p.m. — Jurassic Kingdom Live Dinosaur Show
3:30 p.m. — Circus Incredible Aerial Acrobatic Show
5:00 p.m. — Jurassic Kingdom Live Dinosaur Show
6:00 p.m. — Circus Incredible Aerial Acrobatic Show
6:45 p.m. — Salute to our Presidents- a celebration of present and past Exchange Club, Coosa Valley Fair, and Family Resource Center presidents
7:00 p.m. — Miss Teen and Miss Coosa Valley Fair Pageant—ages 15 to 24, sponsored by Miss Rome Scholarship Program
7:00 p.m. — Jurassic Kingdom Live Dinosaur Show
8:00 p.m. — Circus Incredible Aerial Acrobatic Show
By Natalie Simms
There will be a birthday party of epic proportions this week as the 70th annual Coosa Valley Fair rolls into town. Some 85,000-plus are expected to pack the fairgrounds starting Tuesday through Saturday to celebrate seven decades of ‘Fall’s Finest Festival’ in Rome.
Members of the world-famous Wallenda family will be in Rome for the first time since 1970 to perform their amazing trapeze acts plus a new Jurassic Kingdom interactive dinosaur attraction. And let’s not forget the fun rides, food, pageants, cheer competition, livestock shows and exhibits.
“We just want people to come and enjoy…this will be a different kind of fair as we celebrate our birthday anniversary,” says Dr. Barbara Carter, Coosa Valley Fair Association president. “We’ve been planning this for a year and half, and are just really looking forward to it.”
To celebrate the fair’s 70th anniversary, a grand opening ceremony is planned for Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. after the gates open. The Young Marines will do a flag presentation, a brass ensemble will salute veterans and the Berry College Drumline will be marching into the fairgrounds along with a torch run by the Berry Track team. Local pastor Monty Stallins will offer a “Blessing of the Fair” and Harry Wise will sing the National Anthem. There will also be a flyover by two 7-28 jets from the Museum of Flight.
“It will be an amazing start to the fair. We’ve never had a grand opening ceremony of this magnitude before…it’s going to be great,” says Carter.
You will notice “birthday cakes galore” at the fair but especially on Saturday night as there will be a special salute to past presidents of the Coosa Valley Fair, Exchange Club of Rome and Family Resource Center.
“This is the first time we’ve ever done this. We want to show our appreciation to all the past presidents…combined there is 178 years of leadership within the group. We have folks coming from all over, many who have moved away over the years,” she says.
Other new things to expect this year will be at least three new rides from Wade Shows. Carter says there will be 43 total rides for children and adults. Returning favorites include ‘Silver Streak’ and the Ferris Wheel.
Entertainment options include ‘Circus Incredible!’ featuring Lyric Wallenda and Simon Arestov and the Jurassic Kingdom dinosaurs that will be available every night. Tuesday night will feature the cheerleading competition and spirit night at 7 p.m. Friday night will feature a Gospel Showcase of four groups starting at 7 p.m. Saturday night will feature the Miss Coosa Valley Fair and Teen pageants. Click here for complete list of special events.
“We have the very first ever crowned Miss Coosa Valley Fair, Mrs. Roberson, coming to the fair this year. She was crowned in 1962 and is now 82 years old from Ellijay. She will be here helping to crown the new winner,” says Carter.
Gate admission is $5 per person ages 6 and up (5 and under are free). There will be an opening night special on Tuesday with carload admission for $10 (no trucks or vans) between 5-6 p.m. There also is a special online deal now through midnight (Monday until 11:59 p.m.) for $16 armbands. They will be $18-$25 at the fair depending on which night you go.
Those not interested in armbands can buy tickets for rides. Cost is four tickets for $5, 25 tickets for $25 or 55 tickets for $50.
With so much to see and do, plus great weather expected this week, Carter is hoping to break fair attendance records with 120,000 or more visitors.
“Last year, we had about 86,000 and we are hoping for more this year. I want to break the record so my goal is 120,000,” she says.
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, the Exchange Club’s Americanism committee, United Way and Toys for Tots.
“We give back some $200,000 back to the community and help over 70 different non-profits. That doesn’t include all of our in-kind support by letting different organizations use the fairgrounds for special events such as the Chieftain’s annual Herb and Flower sale,” says Carter.
Gates are open Tuesday from 5-10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 1 until 10 p.m., Friday from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Schedule
For more information or purchase armbands, visit http://coosavalleyfair.com/.