Originally created 11/04/04

Old favorites, new attractions come to county's annual event



Of all the rides, games and entertainment at the Columbia County Fall Fair last year, a rapidly soaring, airborne human made a lasting impression; so much so, that the Human Cannonball has been invited to return for a second year.

He will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. each day of the 39th annual carnival, which opens at 5 p.m. today and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 13, at the fairgrounds off Columbia Road.

"It was real popular," said Mike Zapata, the president of the Merchants Association of Columbia County, which stages the fair. "He shoots himself over the Cyclops (ride) while it's running - which goes about 30-something feet up in the air - into a net."

New this year is a circus with animals and trapeze artists. Another attraction is the Dare Devils, men inside a bowl-type thing riding motorcycles sideways on the wall of it, crisscrossing each other, Mr. Zapata said.

Other first-time attractions include a chain saw-wielding wood carver and a purveyor of homemade lye soap.

Among the new rides are the Rocking Tug Boat and the Seattle Wheel.

"We're just trying to give the people something new there, something different. We hope it will be a success," Mr. Zapata said.

Nightly entertainment includes an Elvis impersonator Saturday and a gospel group Sunday.

Thursday, Nov. 11, is Georgia Agriculture night, featuring a milk and peanuts giveaway. On Friday, Nov. 12, the FFA program members will try to identify plant types for judges at horticultural exhibits.

There's also a petting zoo with miniature horses and other animals, kiddie rides and popular rides such as the Pirate Ship, the Hammer and the Himalaya, which "goes round and round and plays loud music with flashing lights like in a nightclub setting," Mr. Zapata said.

"It's just kind of a happy place," he said of the fair, "where you forget your troubles for a little while. Being out there takes you away from all the stuff you put up with."

Fair Play

What: Columbia County Fall Fair

Where: Fairgrounds off Columbia Road

Hours: 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; 1 p.m. until on Sunday

Cost: $1 off $5 admission with church bulletin Sunday; $2 Monday and Tuesday; $3 Wednesday; $5 all other nights

Information: Call 868-3413 or see the Web site www.co.columbia.ga.us/Community_Leisure/specialevents/fall_fair_2004.html.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.