September 2017 Around Town


The largest fair in metro Atlanta is kicking off September 21 and running through October 1 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

The North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people every year from Georgia and neighboring states. Enjoy free concerts, attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions and delicious fair foods. Games and rides on the Great James H Drew Exposition midway—one of the largest carnival midways in the United States—will feature the Wildcat roller coaster, Georgia Mountain Lift and, debuting in 2017, the Mega Slide.

Other shows you will not want to miss are the Firemen High Dive Show with big splashes in a small pool, Kachunga and the Alligator Show, Horses show from three horses and nine American miniatures, Treeman and the Cowboy Woody, also known as the “Walking TreeMan.” They will have Sea Lion Splash, Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers, Lady Houdini and Peter Hart and the Atlanta Puppet Show. Enjoy the petting zoo, Brian Ruth who is known as the “Master of the Chainsaw” and the North Georgia Animals Petting Barn.

Discount tickets will be available at all metro Atlanta Walgreens from August 21-September 22. Admission is $3.50, and children 10 and under are free. A book of 21 ride tickets can be purchased for $11. Buy one, get one free fair admission coupons will be available at all metro Atlanta O’Reilly Auto Parts stores for the month of September. Don’t forget $2 Tuesday! Everyone will enjoy $2 parking, $2 admission, $2 rides and $2 food bites.

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Taylor-Brawner PARK WITH ART 
Fine Art Exhibit and Sale

The city of Smyrna and the Taylor-Brawner House Foundation are pleased to announce this fourth annual fine art exhibit and sale, which will be held October 6-15 at the beautiful Taylor-Brawner House, 3182 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. The event will kick off with an opening day reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 6.

This annual event has grown to become Smyrna’s premier fine art event and will include over two dozen of the region’s most accomplished artists. Every participant is recognized for their quality and accomplishments in the field. Every medium is represented from oil, and acrylic, to water color, fiber art, wood and glass. Every piece displayed is jury selected and original—no prints allowed. Featured artists include Dick Yarborough, Marsha Hamby Savage, Rebecca Brown, Ronnie Offen, Sonya Ingle, Barbara Kincaid, Wanda Crane, Richard Herklotz, Virginia Dauth, Margaret Caudel, Paula Landry and B.J. Hatcher.

The popular silent auction is also back, featuring more than 20 pieces of beautiful and unique art. The auction will be conducted during the opening night reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 6 and will present the perfect opportunity to acquire beautiful unframed original art at a reasonable price. Don’t miss it!

The exhibit and sale will be open daily from noon to 5 p.m. October 7-15, and until 7 p.m. on October 11 and 12.


Auxiliary volunteers from WellStar Kennestone, WellStar Cobb and WellStar Windy Hill hospitals donated a historic $580,000 to the WellStar Foundation in support of local healthcare initiatives.

Throughout the fiscal year, more than 530 individuals volunteered a combined total of 101,000 hours through gift shop operation and hosting vendor events. These sales, along with personal donations, were directly reinvested back into the community through worthy hospital projects and programs selected by volunteer leadership.