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Kiwanis Club puts on annual fair in McDonough


By Alex Welch
Assistant Editor 

 A longstanding fall tradition is back in McDonough. The 2013 Henry County Kiwanis Fair is up and running, inviting guests to take part in rides, food and a variety of activities for the whole family.

The ferris wheel is always one of the major highlights of the Henry County Kiwanis Fair in McDonough.                                        File photo

  The fair is the most important annual fundraising event for the Kiwanis Club of Henry County. Laura Turner, publicity chair for the Kiwanis Club, said the fair helps the organization raise money to assist with multiple charities in the county.

  “The Kiwanis Club supports local charities in our community that serve children. All of the funds are used locally,” said Turner.

 Rep. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) is the current president of the Kiwanis Club of Henry County. He said the fair is  key to what the club is able to accomplish each year.

  “Our complete budget comes from this. Everything that we give back into our community all comes from this week. It’s pivotal we make this week as profitable as we can,” said Strickland. All our members volunteer. It’s a tradition in the county, and we want to keep up the heritage of the fair.”

  Strickland said the fair is special to the area because it is the only one that is solely Henry County. Other fairs in the area take on larger regional or state role, according to Strickland.

  Last year’s fair saw over 10,000 people visit, and the total funds brought in after expenses typically amount to $30,000 to $40,000 for local charities. Turner said Helping in His Name Food Pantry, A Friend’s House, Connecting Henry and Haven House are some of the charities the Kiwanis Club supports. They also assist with local school programs.

  Turner said the Kiwanis Club uses Kissel Brothers Entertainment to bring in the rides and set up the games at Windy Hill Park in McDonough. The fair offers the standard array of rides, as well as a special spot for children.

  “The Ferris wheel is obviously a big draw. There’s a giant slide that the kids really enjoy. We also have what we call the kid’s zone. That’s a group of rides we corral off to the side for our younger visitors. We truly do have rides for all ages,” said Turner.

  Turner said all the traditional fair food is available. Funnel cakes and caramel apples are just a sample of the wide range of cuisine. The fair also has a petting zoo and 4-H exhibits, which help bring “more of a family, local feel,” according to Turner.

  Every night offers a special promotion. Wednesday night is government night, offering free entrance with government employee ID, and families can get a special deal of $10 admittance for two adults and two children. Thursday night features the Miss Kiwanis Henry County Fair Pageant, along with Scout & Team Night, offering free entrance to anyone with a scout uniform or school/rec league team jersey or uniform. Friday and Saturday include bingo and special children’s activities under the big tent.

  Entrance to the fair does not include rides, games or concessions. Armbands for unlimited rides are available for $20. Saturday night features a special $15 armband special from 1-6 p.m.

  The fair is open tonight and Thursday from 6-10 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to close, and Saturday from 1 p.m. to close.

  The Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Golden Corral off Jonesboro Road. They will host David Gill, president of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, as the speaker on Oct. 8 and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Oct. 15. For more information, visit



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