Roller coasters, beauty pageants and an aquatic mermaid show are just a small part of the fun to be had at the Coosa Valley Fair starting Tuesday night.
After the opening ceremony at 5.15 p.m., the 72nd annual fair will run until Saturday.
Attractions include water acrobat shows with mermaids, the Jurassic Kingdom show with animatronic dinosaurs, and the Bickerin ‘Blacksmiths making their artwork.
There will also be crafts and fine arts exhibits, livestock and flower exhibits, and a variety of rides for all ages.
“If you’re a kid at heart, we’ve got the Ferris wheel, which adults love,” said Mike Elliott, one of the organizers. “We also have a few small roller coasters. We have a children’s area near the main door. We have rides for everyone.
Festival goers should expect steady rain throughout the week. According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday and Wednesday have a 90% chance of rain which will drop to 80% by the end of the night.
Thursday will have a 70% chance of rain and a possibility of thunderstorms in the evening. There is a slight chance of rain on Friday.
Saturday should be quite sunny.
Armbands for unlimited rides are available for $ 22 on Tuesdays. Prices go up to $ 25 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and they will be $ 30 on Saturday.
There will also be six food stalls, each with different options to choose from.
The first of the contests will start Wednesday at 7 p.m. and feature children aged 6 months to 3 years old. Competitors aged 60 and over will compete on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., followed by ages 4 to 9 at 7 p.m. Teens and young adults will compete on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
Admission is $ 5 per person, children under 6 enter free. Tuesday is $ 10 per car (no trucks or vans). On Thursdays, schoolchildren and adults 55 and over enter for free.
The doors are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday.