Fair kickoff

The 74th Annual Spalding County Fair opens today. Among the new features this year are the addition of Modern Midways and a demolition derby.

Gates at the Spalding County Fair open at 5 p.m. today, and Kiwanis Club of Griffin members are hoping for a big turnout for this year’s fair, which runs through Oct. 3.

“We’re looking for a big fair,” club President Butch Dixon said Thursday. “We feel people are ready to get out of the house.”

There will be 35 rides this year, more rides than in the past, Dixon said. The addition of Modern Midways is a new feature this year.

And, much to the delight of many area residents, there will be corn dogs at the fair, even though the Kiwanianne Club will not be operating its booth this year.

Big Jim’s and Rhino’s Pig Pit will be selling corn dogs at the fair.

A demolition derby, where drivers can compete for a share of a $2,000 cash purse and trophies, is a new feature this year. The demolition derby will take place on Tuesday.

The fair opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays, at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Jeep Day, which will be held on Oct. 3, the final day of the fair, is a popular attraction, Dixon said. Registration for the event starts at 11 a.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.

Another popular feature, Dixon said, is the chainsaw carving done by Dayton Scoggins. Scoggins and wife Michelle have an “Artistry in Wood” exhibit. Custom pieces of your choice of animal can be purchased.