Prattville – The 42nd annual Autauga County Fair kicks off on September 29, just one week after the official start of the fall season, at Mac Gray Park located on N. Chestnut Street in Prattville.
The head of the Autauga County Fair Association and an ex-City Council member, Gene Hall has participated in the fair’s management since the Prattville Jaycees started it back in 1967.
“When the Jaycees folded in Prattville, we incorporated as a separate organization and kept it going,” Hall said. “My wife Virginia, daughter Jennifer, and son Tom are all involved. We also have some good volunteers to help us out.”
Hall says there is an important safety difference between this fair and other larger fairs in the area.
“You don’t have to worry about turning kids loose on the midway at our fair,” said Hall. “The parents can visit the arts and crafts exhibits and know the kids will be okay down on the midway because you can see the whole thing almost from one end.”
In addition to the rides on the midway, there are games, arts and crafts, educational booths, and photography on exhibit.
Along with the typical midway food, there will be something new to tempt the palate that was not available last year.
“We’re going to have a seafood restaurant to come in, so that will be new this year,” said Hall. “They are local out of Montgomery.”
Nightly entertainment at no extra charge will include the Christian rock band Disowning Kaleb on opening night, singer Joshua Pittman on September 30, and CJs Dance Factory and the Prattville Ballet perform on October 1.
On October 2, Daybreak, the Dixieland Cloggers, and Rob Thornhill will entertain, and on the last night of the fair, acts will include Rusty Nuts, Wild Irish Rose, and 2Dazegone.
Admission is only $3.00 for ages 4 and up. Gates are open Tuesday thru Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Youths are admitted free on Thursday from open until close.
The Autauga County Fair Association is a non-profit group with proceeds from ticket sales going back into their building fund and to local charities.
“We donate quite a bit to different charities and organizations, so the money goes right back into the community,” Hall said.
Article by Melissa Parker
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