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Costal Plains fair has hometown appeal

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October 4, 2004

Tifton- "Kids ride that. They love that," says Jimmy McLane.

Melonese has been coordinating the Costal Plains Fair for American Legion Post 21 for 18 years, and when it comes to choosing just which carnival operators get the job, he's very meticulous.

"If you can't have the ferris wheel and the merry-go-round I don't want you," he says.

So,it's a good thing this year's operators didn't forget to bring the fair staples.

"You have to have cotton candy and merry-go-round and a ferris wheel. Everything else you can give and take a little bit, but those are the staples of a good show," says Stacy Tucker of Jerry's Rides.

Tat isn't the end of the line up of activities South Georgians can expect at the 67th Costal Plains Fair.

"We have four food trailers, we carry about 12 games, and we carry about 24 rides. We have a little bit of everything. We try to have enough kiddie rides, enough in-between rides for parents and children and then the good majors for the teenagers and the wild ones that like to spin themselves sick," Tucker says.

The rides may make you a little queasy, but McLane promises that the prices won't.

"This is home fair here, and we're not high. Our prices this year are five dollars to get in the gate which you cannot find another carnival anywhere like that," says McLane.

You may find more rides and a bigger midway at other fairs, but if you want one with hometown appeal coordinators say this is the place to be.

"Everybody I talked to about this fair thought this was the grandest thing in the world," says McLane.

The Costal Plains Fair opens Tuesday and runs through Saturday. The gates open a 6 PM daily and at 2 PM Saturday.

Posted at 4:35 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com