By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The 65th Annual Coosa Valley Fair returns in less than two weeks and organizers are hoping locals will again turn out to support an effort which unofficially ushers in the fall season while raising thousands in aid for local charities.
From Tuesday October 1st through Saturday October 5th the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds will be home to rides, food, beauty pageants, livestock judging and events as obscure as “banana derby”, which is shorthand for dog races with monkeys as jockeys.
The Fair was established in Floyd County not long after the end of World War II in 1949. Chairman James Talley says the five day event is about community;
“When you come to the fair this year…we hope you will…you are supporting this community. It’s Rome and Floyd County’s fair so come and join us. I was getting something at a local store and the gentleman stopped, saw my fair shirt and said ‘Hey we’ll be there! We always like supporting the fair!’ And the way they saw it is the way I hope everyone sees it: you’re supporting your community. So come out and join us!”
The last day of the fair will feature the 3rd Annual Challenger Pageant for children and young ladies with special needs. There are separate categories for girls ages 5 to 14 and for those 15 and older. The registration deadline for Challenger Pageant contestants is September 29th. All receive trophies.
The Coosa Valley Fair is being sponsored by the Exchange Club of Rome. Money raised will benefit local charities and projects.
For a full schedule of events go to coosavalleyfair.com
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