Alabama National Fair starts Friday

The Alabama National Fair starts Friday!

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It’s that time of year again! The 2018 Alabama National Fair is rolling into Garrett Coliseum, bringing rides, musical acts, fair food and more!

The fair, which supports the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 8 at the fair grounds out at Coliseum Boulevard. Festivities kick off Friday with WSFA 12 News Day and a salute to America’s veterans in which all military personnel get in free with proper ID.

Looking for the musical acts? They include Trace Adkins, Rush of Fools, and Fantasia.

On Oct. 6, the fair will hold a $25,000 giveaway!

Come out and enjoy the rides, funnel cakes, circus shows and more! Admission is $10 and children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult ticket.

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The 20th Invitational Choral Festival will be held on Oct. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m., with Wetumpka High School. Several River Region schools will be participating, including Alabama Christian Academy, Tallassee High School, Carr Middle School, Stanhope Elmore High School, Dadeville High School, Prattville High School, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and others.

Other competitions will be held in art, livestock, photography and creative living, which includes cooking and crafts among many other contests.

Ladies Night is set for Oct. 2, when the price of admission is $2 and a donation to the Tri-County Humane Shelters. Canned cat and dog food, blankets and towels will be accepted. On Oct. 4, everyone is admitted to the fair for $1 with a donation of a non-perishable food item to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

And on Oct. 6, all police, fire, sheriff and EMT personnel are admitted free with proper identification. Spouses and any dependents are not included.

Some recipients of Kiwanis Club contributions funded by the fair include the Boys and Girls Club, Brantwood Children’s Home, Camp ASCCA, Children’s Harbor, Cleveland Avenue YMCA, Montgomery Area Council on Aging, the Montgomery Area Food Bank and several other organizations.

The purposes of the fair, first held in 1954, are to promote education among the youth, to feature Alabama’s industry and agriculture, and to encourage the arts and fun for everyone.

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