By Alex Welch
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
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