ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Crowds are streaming into the Exchange Club Fairgrounds for Day two of the 68th Annual Southwest Georgia Regional Fair.
The Fair manager says it got off to a good start on Tuesday. Fair Manager Skip Nichols says Tuesday's opening day numbers beat last year's.
He says around 8,000 people attended opening day last year and Tuesday's numbers were up by at least 5 percent. He credits the increase to a big marketing push on Facebook. Officers from the Dougherty County Sheriff's office, APD and DCP are patrolling the fairgrounds, but organizers also hired DSI, a private security company out of Dothan, Alabama. They're using screening wands at the main gate to check bags and coats for weapons and open food and drink containers.
"We make sure that's our number one priority because we focus on families," said Skip Nichols, Fair Manager. "We want the families to feel safe where they can come out here and be with their kids and not worrying about something happening out here on our fairgrounds."
There are also some exhibitions at the Hog Barn with FFA and on showing how to properly use lawnmowers that you can check out an hour before the main gates open.
The main gates will open at four from now until Friday. They'll open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.