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Opening Night at GA-Carolina Fair

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91 years and it's still going strong.   Tonight is the opening night for the Georgia-Carolina State Fair.

Organizers have been preparing all week for the 10 day event.  While many of the classic rides will still be here, they're making this year a little more kid-friendly.  Adding more rides for children in addition to what they already have for everyone else.

"We have people who come for the food, we have people who come for the rides, we have people who come for the livestock, the exhibits, photography, art.  It's a combination.  We get people who come because it's a tradition.  It's amazing how many people will say, when I run into them and talk to them, I came down here with my daddy, or I came down here with my grand-daddy," said Joe Taylor, Fair Manager. 

Last year the Augusta Exchange Club donated the proceeds to about 35 different organizations throughout the community.  It's all thanks to the nearly 70,000 who attend the fair every year.

"Mighty tired after 10 days, but it's a real good feeling and so many of these charities or organizations we give to, our members also serve on the boards so it's a really worthy deal and we put a lot of effort in to it. But a lot of good goes into the community, aside from all the fun everybody has down there," said Tat Thompson, President of the Augusta Exchange Club.

Opening Night (Friday, October 18th)

Gates Open: 5pm

Last Day of Fair: Sunday, October 27th

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