North Georgia State Fair Brings Fun For All!
As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the North Georgia State Fair attracts
nearly 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states.
The North Georgia State Fair features live music, free attractions and
shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local square
dancers, fair foods, games and rides at the Great James H. Drew Exposition
– one of the largest carnival midways in the United States.
The fair offers free concerts with big names hitting the stage. A covered
arena guarantees concerts rain or shine. Headlining the free concert series
this year are: Luke Bryan on Friday, September 25; Keith
Anderson on Saturday, September 26; Joe Nichols
on Wednesday, September 30; Billy Currington on Thursday,
October 1; Newsboys, with special guests Seventh
Day Slumber and Bread of Stone on Friday, October
2; Chuck Wicks on Saturday, October 3. All concerts begin
at 8:00pm and are free with fair admission.
for 2009 - The Frisco Brothers Tiger Encounter and Elephant Show features
an educational show for the entire family with fierce and mighty tigers
and large and loveable elephants. The Tiger Encounter showcases rare white
and tabby tigers in their natural habitat. The African Elephant Show features
over-sized entertainment. Another new show is Skin & Bones & Co
-a unique presentation of animals, skills and comedy. This show includes
various combinations of trained dogs, potbellied pigs, juggling, magic
and plenty of comedy. This show is kid tested and parent approved.
returning this year include The Arctic Olympic High Dive Show - all new show for 2009! The last show each day features a fire dive.
The Keith King BMX Bike Show, Oscar the Robot, Brian Ruth the Chainsaw
Master, and Frisco Brothers Petting Zoo and Pony Rides are also returning
the North Georgia State fair is: $5 adults, $2 students ages 7-18, free
for children 6 and under. Ride tickets are $1 each, $20 for 22 tickets
and $50 for 55 tickets. All rides require more than one ticket. Parking
is $3. Unlimited Ride Specials: $18 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – includes
unlimited rides on the following dates only: 9/24, 9/29 and 9/30. Pay-One-Price
($15) Ride Special on Monday, 9/28. For more information, see www.northgeorgiastatefair.com.
Blue Ribbon Affair' Arts, Crafts & Classic Cars Show
Blue Ribbon Affair, an arts, crafts and classic car show, will be held
at Jim R. Miller Park
from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday, September 19 and 12:00pm to 5:00pm
on Sunday, September 20. More than 200 artist and craftsmen will show
and sell their wares in several indoor buildings and outdoor tents. These
unique, handcrafted items will include clothing, stained glass, pottery,
holiday ornaments and displays, dolls, wooden toys, furniture, jewelry
and much, much more. It's a great opportunity to purchase some truly unique
holiday gifts. After enjoying a shopping extravaganza, you can sit back
and enjoy the sights and sounds of various performing groups and the smells
and tastes of scrumptious southern treats such as fresh-squeezed lemonade,
steamed corn, roasted pecans and apple dumplings.
Classic Car and Truck Show is new to the event this year. Blue Ribbon
prizes, trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for competitions such
as Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine and Best Undercarriage.
These unique classic cars and trucks will roll out on Saturday, September
19 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. An awards ceremony will take place at 3:30
pm. In case of rain the show will be held on Sunday, September 20 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
There is a $20 fee to enter a car in the show if paid in advance and $25
the day of the show.
Blue Ribbon Affair is always held the weekend prior to the opening of
the North Georgia State Fair. Throughout the arts and crafts festival,
the Fair accepts entries in the non-commercial exhibits, where competitors
contend for award-winning ribbons - which prompted the name, A Blue Ribbon
Admission to A Blue Ribbon Affair is $1 per person. Children ages 12 and
under are free. For information, call (770) 423-1330 through September
7 and (770) 528-8989 after September 7.
Cobb Swimmers Finish
Big at the GRPA State Meet
Cobb County swimmers
took to the water for the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association's State
Swim Meet in Carrollton and came away with outstanding results. The meet
was held July 24-25. Cobb's team of more than 100 swimmers once again
demonstrated why Cobb produces some of the best swimmers in Georgia and
the southeast. Two state records were broken by Cobb swimmers; Colin
Riley broke the 9-10 boys' 100 individual medley record with
a new time of 1:08.65, and Thomas Locke, Jake
Williams, Alexander Riley, and Michael
Bridgers set a new record for the 11-12 boys' 200 yard free relay
at 1:43.25. The 11-12 year old boys also claimed first in the 200
medley relay. Thomas Locke finished a strong second in the 11-12 boys'
50 backstroke and 100 individual medley – the winner in both events set
new state records.
younger swimmers took to the water first and the stage was set by 8 year
old Jami Williams who opened the meet by winning the
very first finals event, the 7-8 girls' 50 freestyle (35.04). Colin Riley
followed that with a first in the 7-8 boys' 50 freestyle (28.45) and his
record setting individulal medley a few events later. Along with Jami
and Colin, Cobb finalists included Kensley Morris (second
in 7-8 girls' 50 freestyle), Anna Lofton (third in 9-10
girls' 50 and 25 freestyle), Daniel East (third in 9-10
boys 50 free), Kyle Dugan (third in 7-8 boys' 25 free),
Caitlin Oh (third in 9-10 girls' 100 IM), and Maggie
Porkorny (third in 7-8 girls' 25 backstroke). The 7-8 boys'
free relay finished second along with both the girls' and boys' free relays
in the 9-10 age group. The 7-8 girls' relays finished third in both the
free and medley relays and the 7-8 boys' also finished third in the medley
relay. Pictured above is Allison Stewart during the competition.
In the age groups 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18, Cobb finished in the top 3
spots in both the medley and free relays in the five
of the total six relays.
The 11-12 girls' claimed first in both the free and medley relays. The
free relay team included Bella Barry, Rachel
Weissert, Kira de Bruyn, and Johanna
Keeline, and the medley relay team included Bella Barry, Olivia
Winkler, Kira de Bruyn, and Johanna Keeline.
Other top swims included Davis Beauchamp, who took first
place in the 13-14 boys' 50 free (24.09) and 50 breast (29.01) and he
swam on the first place 13-14 boys' free relay. Other finalist included
Bella Barry (first in 11-12 girls' 100 free and second
in the 50 fly, Daniel Bridgers (first in 13-14 boys'
100 free), Lauren Leach (first in 15-18 girls' 50 free
and third in the 100 free), Kira de Bruyn (first in 11-12 girls 100 IM
and second in the 50 breast), Johanna Keeline (second 11-12 girls' 50
free and third in the 50 fly, Mallory Saylors (second
in the 15-18 girls' 50 back), Kyle Phillips (third in
15-18 boys' 100 free), Lauren Brewer (third in 11-12
girls' 50 breast), and Jake Williams (third in 11-12
boys' 100 IM). The meet was capped off by the 15-18 boys' free relay
finishing off the meet in style by doing what 8 year old Jami Williams
did 24 hours earlier, touching the wall first.
Many thanks to all the parents and volunteers who helped bring such a
fine team to the GRPA State Meet and congratulations to all of the
Cobb swimmers for a great season!
Women's Basketball League Forming
new women's basketball league is starting this fall at the Ron Anderson
Recreation Center in Powder Springs. Games will be played on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. League play will begin in November and end in February.
The registration fee is $320 per team for the 10-game season. An organizational
meeting will take place on Thursday, September 10 at the Ron Anderson
Recreation Center at 7:00pm. For more information, call Jeff Abrams at
House Music Brings People Together
Concertgoers will have different musical genres from which
to choose at the Mable House-Barnes Amphitheatre. The Marshall
Tucker Band will be perfoming Friday, August 28. Music legend
B.B. King, who has personified blues music for more than
half a century with hits like “Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss,” will perform
Wednesday, September 2. “Smoke on the Mountain,” a bluegrass
gospel musical, will close the season with three shows September 18-20.
for individual shows range from $15 to $49.75. To purchase tickets, call
(800) 745-3000, visit the amphitheatre box office, the Jennie T. Anderson
Theatre box office in Marietta or any Ticketmaster outlet.
Station - Big Shanty
Fine Arts Association
September 5 reception 7:00pm-9:00pm.
by to view the gallery from 10:00am-5:00pm, Monday – Friday.
call (770) 514-5930.
more information about upcoming events at
The Art Station - Big Shanty, see their website at artstationcobb.org.
Art Place - Mountain View
Fiber Art Fusion
For more information call (770) 509-2700
outdoor movie night sponsored by MVAA. The lawn will open for seating
at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 7:30pm. For more information
(or to order food or reserve a table), visit our website www.theartplace.us
or call (770) 509-2700.
Juror Tommy Mew selected 85 pieces from 74 artists representing
15 states for this outstanding exhibit. Sculpture, glass, mixed
media, paintings and photographs will intrigue and delight.
call (770) 819-3285
Kayla Taylor Jazz Quintet
Free Summer Candlelite Concert
Featuring Kayla Taylor Jazz Quintet
Free Concerts are open seating (except tables-see below for
pricing) so it is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 7:00pm.
Rain or shine. Bring a picnic and come early! Food available
information, see www.mablehouse.org.
more information about upcoming events at The Mable House visit www.mablehouse.org.
Cox Bead and Jewelry Show
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
information, call (941) 954-0202
Georgia Celebrates Quilts - Quilt Show
information, call (404) 843-1040
Marietta Business Association Expo
information, call (770)
information, call (229) 423-4867
Georgia State Fair,
Blue Ribbon Affair, Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday - 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday - 12:00pm–5:00pm
Adults $1.00/ 12 and Under Free/ Free Parking
For information, call (770) 423-1330
North Georgia State Fair
$ 5.00 adults / $ 2.00 ages 7-18 / 6-under free
$ 3.00 parking
For information, call (770) 423-1330 or (770) 528-8989
Bishop Softball Complex
call (770) 528-8860
Cobb County Adult Championships
Deadline: September 18
call (770) 819-3221
Oaks Recreation Center
you love basketball and you're between the ages of 11-17, then bring
your skills to Open Gym. It's a free session every month where you
can make friends, get hands-on coaching and improve your game.
information, call (770) 528-4333
Challengers Girls Kickoff Gymnastics Meet
information, call (770) 528-8475
PINned - Conveniently register for parks programs
from your home or office with EZ-Reg. A Personal Identification
Number (PIN) and Internet Log-in number are required to register
using EZ-Reg. To get PINned, visit any Cobb County Parks, Recreation
and Cultural Affairs facility during normal operating hours and
complete a Family
Account Registration Form. You must show proof of residency.
Tip: Do not wait
until the day of registration to get your numbers - you may get
shut out from your course. Be sure to get PINned in advance to
take advantage of EZ-Reg online registration.
Fall Classes beginning the weeks of September
7 and October 26
progress through October 9
league for adult and junior players of all ability levels.
Season begins October 19. For more information, see
through September 7
In conjunction with East Marietta Basketball League
Saturday September 12 and 19, Ages 9-14
Register online at www.eastmariettabasketball.com
For information, call (770) 509-2737.
call (770) 819-3215.
Dominates at the ASA Girls 14's National Fastpitch
teams dominated the 2009 USA/ASA Girls’ 14-Under Class A Fast-Pitch National
Championships played recently at Cobb County’s Al Bishop and Lost Mountain
softball complexes. This tournament featured the top teams in this age
category in the country. Victory USA from Cypress, CA won the 122 team,
seven-day event that featured teams from 37 states. California squads
claimed 12 of the top 16 spots in the final order of finish. The highest
finishing Georgia team was the Atlanta Vipers, who came in fifth place
with a 6-2 mark. Cobb’s Georgia Fire Black finished tied for 17th with
a 4-2 record, while the Kennworth Bandits were 1-2 and West Cobb Dynamite
Open Gym at Fair Oaks Recreation Center
If you love basketball and you're between the ages of 11-17, then bring
your skills to the Converse Open Gym. It's a free session every month
where you can make friends, get hands-on coaching and improve your game.
Converse Open Gym is all about the love of the game in providing young
ballers the opportunity to show off their skills in a safe environment
at a state-of-the-art facility. This is a free event and each participant
receives a reversible jersey, ID card, posters and other special giveaways.
The event will be held at the Fair
Oaks Recreation Center on Saturday, September 12. The times
and age groups are 11-14 years (meeting at 10:00am and 12:00pm), and 15-17
years (meeting at 2:00pm and 4:00pm). Registration begins 30 minutes before
each session, so be sure to arrive early. For more information, see www.BasketballDreams.net or call.Matt: at (770) 885-9844.
Art Station – Big Shanty Offering New Classes for Fall
Manga drawing will offer instructions and guidance in creating popular
Japanese comics! This 6-week course is for those ages 10-14 and will work
with many techniques including pencil, ink and color media.
Looking to sharpen your creativity while expanding your imagination? Then
Arts and Craft for Kids is the perfect class for you. This is a 5-week
course that will allow you to become involved with a variety of work including
painting, drawing and molding clay.
Two day Glass Fusing Workshops will be offered during September and October.
Each workshop will focus on different techniques and complete different
in the Park' Photo Contest
is a great time to take pictures in Cobb's parks. With the fair in town,
car shows, end of the summer concerts, and fall football and soccer underway,
there is no better time to snap some great shots! Submit your best recreation
and cultural affairs photos for the 2009 'FUN IN THE PARKS' Photo Contest.
We are looking for photos that capture your enjoyment of Cobb's parks.
Your pictures can capture youth at play, sports and action, nature and
wildlife, or just a picnic under the shade tree. Take your best shots
and enter them for fun and awards. For more information, follow
Recreation Coordinator at The Art Station - Big Shanty, will be retiring
September 30. Ann has served Cobb County with 10 years of dedicated service.
Congratulations and good luck to Ann!
'2009 Lifeguard Competition' was held at Old Salem Park on Lake Oconee
where Cobb County won the competition for the fifth time since it began
in 1999. This competition challenges the skills of lifeguards from
parks and recreation programs throughout the state. Two teams represented
Cobb in this competiion. The 'Cobb Red' team consisted of Christopher
Welch (team captain), Reid Seagraves,
Callie Nettles, Ryan Duggan, Alec Cohen
and Amanda Meagher. The 'Cobb White' team consisted
of Tasha Antonucci (team captain), Amanda Wiseman,
Megan Smith, Dimitiry Zinger, Mark
Glendon, Andrew Bruce and Candace Headrick.
These employees practiced many hours before and after work on their own
time to get ready for this competition.
The competition consisted of physical events that included a team triathlon,
a rescue board relay, a capture the flag event, a one-on-one rescue relay
as well as a long swimming relay. Lifeguards were also tested on their
lifeguarding skills and knowledge with two critical incident scenarios
and a one hundred question Lifeguard Training written exam based on the
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program. All of these events combine
to test the physical as well as the mental skills of each life guard.
The 'Cobb Red' team took first place finishes in the capture the flag
event, the rescue board relay, the one on one rescue relay, and the swimming
relay along with a second place finish (by one thin point!) in the critical
incident scenario to take the lead for Cobb County. The 'Cobb White' team
put on a strong showing as well by taking first place in the written exam,
second place in the capture the flag event and third place in the swimming
relay. Gwinnet County mounted a strong challenge and remained in striking
distance of the lead to the very end, but the day belonged to the 'Cobb
Red' life guards who won the final event outright to eliminate any doubt
of who was taking home the trophy. Congratulations to our fine
group of lifeguards for making Cobb County proud!