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Written by Matt Davis on October 3, 2018. Posted in News/Weather

The 70th annual Coosa Valley Fair is open for business!  Fall’s Finest Festival officially opened on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting accompanied by a flyby of two T-28 Trojans.  Fairgoers went on to enjoy thrilling rides, fair food, a host of exhibits and new features, along with a Cheerleading Exhibition and Spirit Competition.

The opening ceremonies for 2018 were the brainchild of Dr. Barbara Carter, president of the Coosa Valley Fair Association.  The flyover resulted from a partnership between the Exchange Club of Rome and the Museum of Flight.  An Exchangite, Terry Simmons, was aboard one of those T-28s; he won the flight in a raffle to benefit both organizations. Carter says that she is excited that the pilots and co-pilots got to see the Fair from the air.

Many memories have been accumulated by Northwest Georgians during the Fair’s 70 years of operation.  Carter’s most memorable moments came in the year 1995 as her late husband Jack served as the Fair president while she was sidelined by an injury.

Carter now makes memories at the Coosa Valley Fair with her grandchildren.  Granddaughter Kimberly (or “Kimby”), a Johnson Elementary student, says that they enjoy going on the rides.  And the scarier, the better. The Pirate ship is her current favorite ride.

Of course, Kimby says that she waits to enjoy the fair food until after she has gone on all of her favorite rides.

The 2018 Coosa Valley Fair continues through Saturday at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds in Rome.  For full details, including a daily schedule of events, visit www.coosavalleyfair.com.

Proceeds from the Coosa Valley Fair will benefit the Exchange Club Family Resource Center and other local charities.


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