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Exchange Club Fair opens

November 1, 2005

Albany-- Not exactly the best weather for opening day of the fair but the fun is underway. Five days full of rides, games and food is what you'll find at the 59th Annual Exchange Club Fair of Southwest Georgia. Although the sun wasn't shining much, the bright lights from all the rides and concession stands were enough to bring a crowd out to the fair.

"I want one ticket please," says one fair-goer. Step right up and purchase your way into hours worth of fair fun. "This is our opening night, Tuesday night of the 59th Annual Exchange Club Fair of South Georgia," says Larry Griffin. It's a huge event. "Yes sir. It's a pretty big fair," says Griffin.

There's plenty to get into. So what we do first? "I don't even know where to start," says Angela Heard. It's a guessing game where to begin but many fair-goers start with exactly that. Games are a fair tradition. "I've come here since I was a little kid and my son loves it," says Joey Edwards.

Then it's off to spin around in a bolt of thunder or fly high in a Top Spin. You'll get dizzy with the choices. "He goes from one to the next saying Daddy, Daddy, let's go," says Edwards. You simply can't leave the fair without tasting the food.

"Oh, I have to get the funnel cake," says Heard. "Funnel cake, some chicken on the stick and fresh squeezed lemonade," says Tynesha Harris. Fresh rain fell over the Exchange Club Fair on opening day. "We looked for the man above. He brought us a little rain to settle the dust tonight," says Griffin. But this rain doesn't stop the fun.

"I had fun at the fair, got on the rides, ate and had fun," says 7-year-old Jaenae Harper. The fun will continue until the end of the week. "Just walk around some more and see what we can get into," says Heard.

This is a fair with a purpose. Some proceeds go towards the Exchange Club's many charities including one of their major projects, child abuse prevention. The fairgrounds are on Westover Boulevard. It costs five dollars to get in, free for children under 4 feet tall. Wednesday and Thursday, you can buy a wrist band at Harvey's and McDonald's for $12 and ride all the rides you want. Gates open at 3 except on Saturday when the fair starts at noon. The fun continues until midnight.