Columbia County Fair to open Thursday



It’s time again for the neon lights of the fair to light up Columbia County.

Gates to the 46th annual Columbia County Fair open at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. The fair, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road at William Few Parkway, will run through Nov. 12, with an optional additional day on Nov. 13 in case a day is rained out.

The fair is sponsored each year by the Merchants Association of Columbia County and supports scholarships for county high school students and donations to several charities.

This year’s fair features a midway and rides by Drew Expositions, food, live entertainment, a petting zoo, the Bear Mountain Show, Oscar the Robot, the Sea Lion Splash show and a master chainsaw carver.

Apollo Talent nights will be Nov. 8 and Nov. 10. To sign up for the talent shows, contact Stewart Ray at (706) 860-8600.

General admission tickets are $5.

Fair hours, specials

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Thursday, Nov. 3: 5-11 p.m. Free admission with three nonperishable food items. Unlimited rides for $10

Friday, Nov. 4: 5 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, Nov. 5: Noon to midnight. Kids Day, all rides free from noon to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6: 1-11 p.m. $1 off admission with a church bulletin. Unlimited rides for $18

Monday, Nov. 7: 5-11 p.m. Military Appreciation Night, $2 admission with military identification. Unlimited rides for $18

Tuesday, Nov. 8: 5-11 p.m. Student Night, $3 admission. Unlimited rides for $18

Wednesday, Nov. 9: 5-11 p.m. Free admission with donation of one new toy for Toys for Tots. $15 unlimited ride special

Nov. 10: 5-11 p.m. Unlimited rides for $18

Nov. 11: 5 p.m. to midnight

Nov. 12: 5 p.m. to midnight. Kids Day, all rides free from noon to 1 p.m.