Georgia National Fair
Although not located in Macon County, the Georgia National Fair is only 12 miles from Marshallville and is one of the largest state fairs in the world. The fair is a highlight of October every year in Georgia and plays for 11 days.
The Georgia National Fair has promoted the state’s heritage, people, and agriculture since the first Fair in 1990. The fair offers a safe and clean, family-oriented environment. The fair is well-known for its comprehensive youth and home and fine arts competitions and exhibits. The Georgia National Schoolhouse attracts pre-K through high school students from throughout the state to tour the educational and livestock displays.
he Georgia National Fair appeals to everyone with its livestock and horse shows, competitive exhibits, food, midway rides and games, commercial vendors, major concerts, street entertainers, family entertainment, circus and nightly fireworks.
One of the newest features of the Fair is the Georgia Grown Building. This is a joint project of the Georgia National Fair and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. During the 11 days of the Fair, the building features space dedicated solely to Georgia Grown products, manufacturers, and agricultural businesses. Rental and sponsorship fees will aid in benefiting Agricultural Youth Scholarships.
The Georgia National Fair has been designated a “Top 50 Fair” by Amusement Business magazine and Matt’s Carnival Warehouse.
The Georgia National Fair has won 93 awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for its livestock and horse events, competitive exhibits, and communications programs. The Fair has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society “Top 20 Event for October” 15 times (1991, 1996, 1997, 2000-2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013).
The Fair has received one “Special Events Directory and Events Business News Top 200 Event” award (1997). The Fair was designated one of Southern Living magazine’s “Our Best 202 Things About the South First-Prize Fair” (2002).