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Ga. National Fair by the numbers

Ready to have your mind boggled? These numbers will make even the most savvy mathematicians' heads spin.

We took a look at the Georgia National Fair by the numbers.

456,023 people entered the 628 acres of the Fairgrounds during the 11-day event last year.

That's not including the 110 volunteers, 70 parking personnel, 50 security officers and 75 police present each day.

And all those folks create a lot of trash. The fairground's staff stocks 600 cans, and people fill them with more than 111 tons of trash.

Let's not forget the electric bill to power all those rides. It typically runs around $60,000 11 days. The water used tops 700,000.

As for the livestock, there's enough to form a small city, or almost 8,000 entries into the shows.

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Presidential Peanut Poll at the Georgia National Fair

You've heard a lot of talk in the past about Iowa's Presidential Straw Poll, but now Georgia is starting its own political tradition at the Georgia National Fair.


Rides and food aren't the only attractions at the Georgia National Fair. Politics will take center stage with a new addition.

"We were dying to come up here, and when we heard about the Peanut Poll, we thought that would be the first thing we would do," first time fair visitor Martha Sullivan said.

She was one of the first to take part in the Peanut Poll, which asks people their choice to be the next president.

It's organized by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Million-dollar roller coaster is fair's newest thrill

Some like to come for the shows. Other come for the food. And some come for the rides.

You have your old favorites like the ferris wheel and bumper cars, but there are some new thrills making their debut this year.

The Galaxy roller coaster is big, bright, and brand new.

"This is our latest super spectacular that we are bringing to the fair," says Richard Reithoffer, CEO of Reithoffer Shows.

He started swinging, spinning, and catapulting people when the fair began 26 years ago.

"We're ride people," says Reithoffer. "We've always been ride people."

Even rooted in tradition, he tries to raise the bar every year. The Galaxy is now the fastest ride at the fair.

Perry man raised, still works at Fairgrounds

Ever heard of Starbuck and Diamond Farm? No? How about the Georgia National Fairgrounds?

The two are one in the same, as the Georgia National Fairgrounds are located on land that was once a farm.

Carlton Green grew up on the property, and for 76 years running, makes a living off the same land.

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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.