Courtesy of JRM Management Services
As changes occur daily in the ongoing global pandemic, the annual North Georgia State Fair, held in Marietta, came to a devastating decision to cancel the largest event in Cobb County this year. Due to the safety of attendees and workers, fair management does not wish to risk lives in order to host a fair with thousands of people. Contributing to this heart-breaking decision, Cobb and Douglas Public Health stated that they will use the fairgrounds, Jim R. Miller Park for COVID-19 testing until the end of 2020.
“The fair is mainly run by my uncle, Tod Miller, and our family’s company, JRM Management Services. My mom and I love to work in the office and set up dinners for vendors. The park and the main building is named after my grandfather, Jim R. Miller,” Emily Eyrich said.
For Cobb County, the North Georgia State Fair will always remain a positive memory from past years. The sounds of shrill screams from the “Pirate Ship” ride and the smells of the amazing, greasy food bring up the best moments of the summer. JRM Management decided that Cobb County deserves a “Taste of the Fair” and has decided to provide just that. Working diligently to safely set options for guests to still receive fair food staples on two weekends: September 25-27 and October 2-4.
“My favorite memory from the fair is riding the cable lift at night and looking at all the people and rides. I will miss that this year, but I am excited to try some of the food,” Magnet senior Sophia Green said.
Those who wish to still experience a long-time tradition will have the option to drive through a one-way fair food route and decide whether they would like to utilize in-car service or walk-up service. In-car service, which offers a limited menu, will allow attendees to remain in their vehicle, place their order with an attendant, and have food brought to them. Walk-up service offers a full menu for guests to park and walk to each food vendor. The fair will also provide ATMs, restrooms, and social distanced seating for fair-goers to enjoy their deep-fried Oreos and funnel cakes. The menu for both services can be located on social media and the North Georgia State fair website.
Fair management has worked extensively to present a fair experience during a difficult time for the community. In an attempt to bring spirits up about the state of the nation currently, JRM Management encourages all to attend the “Taste of the Fair” this weekend and next.
“Now, more than ever, our community needs positivity and strength. We look forward to being back with you next year stronger and better than ever,” Fair Manager Tod Miller said via a press release.