The fair, sponsored by the American Legion Post 45 in Canton, runs until Sept. 16 and takes place at the county fairgrounds at 116 McClure St. in Canton. It is hosted in cooperation with the University of Georgia Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Services.
Lynne Rollins, secretary for the Cherokee County Fair Association, a committee of the American Legion, said she was hoping for a big crowd but isn’t sure how many people she expects.
“Our county’s getting bigger all the time,” Rollins said, “but still a lot of people don’t know there’s a Cherokee County Fair.”
There will be a school competition for pumpkin and scarecrow decorations, with two classrooms winning a pizza party for first place, an ice cream party for second place and a popcorn party for third place.
Amusement rides are all-inclusive upon purchase of an arm band, costing $18 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, $14 on Wednesday and $16 on Sundays. Individual tickets are available.
On Wednesday, gates open at 3 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Admission for children ages 6 and under is free; $1 for ages 6 through 12, $4 for ages 13 to 64 and $1 for attendees 65 years and older. Parking is free.
Rollins said she enjoys the youth dog show for children ages 6-12.
“It’s our eighth year doing it,” Rollins said. “It’s all fun categories — tallest dog, shortest dog, best trick and best costume.”
Rollins said the costume competition takes place Thursday at 7 p.m. and is open to both dog and dog handlers.
“So they could dress as Batman and Robin,” Rollins said. “That’s always a lot of fun.”
Other categories include longest ears, best groomed and most obedient. Registration will start at 6 p.m. on the day of the contest and participation is free.
Trudy Christopher with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension said the nine community exhibit booths will feature canning, photography, fresh food, baked items, arts and crafts, flowers and garden exhibits.
She said exhibitors do not have to sign up in advance.
There will also be educational exhibits from many community organizations on display and commercial exhibitors in the middle barn.
Rollins said there is still space available for commercial exhibitors. Those wishing to participate can contact Raymond Rollins at (770) 841-5833.
Additionally, the Miss Cherokee Fair pageant will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. Presented by the Miss Cherokee Rose Scholarship Organization, the pageant includes categories from infants to teenagers.
For more information on the pageant, visit www.misscherokeecounty.org and click on Little Miss Pageants.
Also, there will be music on the outdoor stage. The lineup includes Justin Bishop on Tuesday at 7 p.m., Cherokee Squares Square Dance Club on Wednesday at 7 p.m., Doyle Ruff & the Melody Makers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Jimmy Hollingshead’s Band on Saturday following the Miss Cherokee County Fair pageant.
For a copy of the event book or entry forms visit www.ugaextension.com/cherokee and click on 86th Annual Cherokee County Fair.