Looking for some thrills with the family in Atlanta this weekend? Turner Field is transformed into a Fairgrounds for the annual Atlanta Fair. It’s going on now through April 8, and visitors can delight in fair favorites, test their strength at the Hi-Striker and check out all of the pageants and programs that the fair has to offer.
Each weekend, you can check out wild critters (real ones, not the ones you typically see in the stands at a Braves game!), and of course there’s a carousel and Mardi Gras Glass House and a special thrill ride called the “Ring of Fire”. Those daring enough will be looped upside down over 45 feet in the air.
Here’s the calendar of events this year:
- USTA Smashzone: From March 9-11, children 10 and under can learn and play the great sport of tennis. Smashzone is an ongoing effort to encourage young people to get active in the sport. Participation is free with admission.
- USA Princess Pageants: Babies and teens alike will compete in their age division for the title of Miss Atlanta Fair Teen and Baby Miss Atlanta Fair. Miss Atlanta Fair Teen will be crowned on March 15, ages 3+ will compete in the princess pageant on March 24 and the Baby Pageant will take place on March 25.
- Read & Win Program: Children ages 2-11 may check out books from participating Atlanta-area libraries. For every 10 books returned, each student will receive a blue ribbon. On March 23 the student with the most ribbons will win a free pizza party at the fair on March 31, Blue Ribbon Day, for friends and classmates.
- Growums Blue Ribbon Day & Anti-Bullying Campaign: Designed to show students the healthy-living benefits of growing vegetables and herbs, participants will receive free entry on March 31 for their participation. On April 6, take the “Bullying is not hot” pledge and receive free entry and ride three rides free with proof that you took the vow to end bullying.
Note: Schedule changes may occur. Please check www.facebook.com/AtlantaFair for updates.
Maybe I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one with the cotton candy!