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Countdown to the Georgia National Fair

We're only hours away from the start of the Georgia National Fair in Perry.

Crews were putting the finishing touches on the rides and concession stands Wednesday getting ready for the big day.

As always, click here to make sure you share your fair photos with us for our 13wmaz.com photo gallery and your photo might be on TV!


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Military challenge coming to Perry

The Green Beret Challenge is coming to Perry in February 2016 at the Guardians Center.

According to a news release from the Perry Sports Council, the challenge is ideal for adventure racing enthusiasts. The race will be February 20th and 21st.

 The release said it offers a series of military style challenges along an eight-mile course which requires participants to push, pull, carry, crawlo or climb their way to the finish line.

Four-person teams and individuals can compete.

Categories include all-male, co-ed and all female. Age groups in the individual competition will be from 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50+/

Fore more information or to register, click here.

Perry businessman Larry Walker III announces run for Tolleson's seat

Just one day after Ross Tolleson announced he was leaving for health reasons, Perry businessman Larry Walker III announced he will run for the State Senate District 20 seat.

Walker made it official Wednesday. In a press release, Walker said people from all over the district have encouraged him to run.

Walker also said he "knows firsthand the time and hard work a campaign requires," referring to his recent run for Georgia House District 146. He lost that race to fellow Republican Shaw Blackmon.

As the founder of Walker Insurance Agency, Walker is active in the Perry business community.

"Cruise in" to the Classic Car Show in Perry

"Cruise in" to the Classic Car Show in Perry

A Couple of Jerks Soda Fountain Shop in downtown Perry will be holding a classic car "cruise-in."

Mike Vinson, the shop owner, said he expects more than 100 cars October 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Carroll Street, according to a news release.

Vinson said in the release he invites anyone with a classic car to show up for the event. Streets near the shop will be closed to traffic to allow car ow ners a place to show the cars.

Live music will be provided at the shop.

For more information, call 478-841-0939 or visit the shop's Facebook page.


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Georgia National Fair setup underway

Planning a family outing? Make sure you get your tickets to the Georgia National Fair.

Gates open on Thursday, and set up is well underway for your favorite rides and food stands.

In just three days, the Georgia National Fairgrounds will be full of fairgoers young and old..
"This will be our 26th year we were here from the original fair," cotton candy vendor Jim LaFratta said

Like you, the LaFrattas wouldn't miss this fair - they've been selling cotton candy at the Georgia National Fair year after year.
LaFratta said there are many variables that go into how long it takes to get set up.

Property owners not supportive of proposed Community Improvement District in Perry

The plan to bring improvements to a busy corridor in Perry is no longer moving forward.

City manager Lee Gilmour says Director of Economic Development Robert Smith sent a memo to mayor and council recommending the Community Improvement District planned for Courtney Hodges Boulevard be abandoned.

The city's economic development leaders held two public meetings on the issue, but property owners had too many objections. Gilmour says the CID is supposed to be a property owner led initiative.

It's not necessary for city council to take any action. Gilmour says the idea is simply dead for now.

FDNY visits Perry for disaster relief training

First-responders from eight different states, including New York and Indiana, are in Perry this week.

They're using the Guardian Centers for disaster relief training.

"This is far better than other places we've been," said Lenny Nesbitt of Task Force 6 from North Georgia.

He says the disaster relief training he's received at the center has prepared him for travesties like the parking deck collapse in Atlanta.

The facility provides real life scenarios for first-responders, and even goes to the lengths of having actors portray victims. Amenities like these are why fire fighters from as far as New York City travel down.

"This facility has an outstanding reputation," said Ronald Spadafora, Fire Prevention Chief at FDNY.