THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - It's fair season in south Georgia.
The gates of the 55th Deep South Fair opened Tuesday at the Thomasville Exchange Club Fairgrounds.
Carnival rides, demolition derbys, alpacas.
Organizers say the week of the Deep South Fair is always a profitable one for Thomasville's economy.
"We continue to grow so we're doing pretty good. Our attendance grows every year. We're still make money on it and we put a lot of that money back into the community," said Fair President Jim Searcy.
Fair organizers say a lot of the profits that are made this week will be donated to several charities throughout the community.
"We do with Hearts and Hands. We do with Lives Without Limits. We do with the Halcyon Home. We try to support them. There's occasions we do scholarships at the high schools," said Searcy.
Searcy says he's relieved the fair is finally here. "Last couple weeks have been kind of nerve racking, but Sunday after I was like it's done. Our part's done and it's just up to the carnival to get set up and we're ready to go."
And with all of the events that need to be scheduled, it will not be long before preparations begin for next year's fair.
"We start in January. We go to a fair convention in Atlanta in January and it's pretty much all year you're doing something," said Searcy.