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General Information about the Fair

The County Fair is locally considered to be the official kickoff of the fall season in Hamilton County.  Held on the last weekend in September each year, the County Fair attracts over 50,000 people for the two-day event.  The Fair is held on Dallas Island in Chester Frost Park, a 280-acre lakefront Hamilton County facility located in North Hamilton County, about 15 miles from downtown.  Fairgoers are shuttled to the park via Bus Shuttle.  There is no admission charge, but there is a shuttle fee.  Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome aboard the transportation.  The fair is open both days from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm and is held rain or shine.

For added security, backpacks and other carry-ons will be subject to search before boarding transportation.  Strollers are allowed.

The County Fair is a SMOKE-FREE Event.
We appreciate your cooperation.

Fairgoers are shuttled to the park via Bus Shuttle

DATES:  Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29
TIMES:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm both days
SHUTTLE BUS PARKING INFO:
Chester Frost Park – Bus Shuttle Service Access via:
                     Northgate Mall – directions
                    Middle Valley Recreation Center – directions
BUS COST:  $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 3-12, under 3 Free. This covers the cost of the bus shuttle to and from the fair. Entrance to the fair is free. The fair will be held rain or shine.

Fair Grounds Map and Printable Schedule

 

Click Here to read about all of the new stuff at the fair this year!

The County Fair celebrates our community's heritage and traditions through the arts, crafts, music, food and blue ribbon awards.  The fair features live entertainment from a variety of local bands and showcases dozens of exhibits, contests, demonstrations, food vendors, craft artists, and hands-on activities for the children.

Historical exhibits, such as soap making and blacksmithing, educate and entertain.  Children's & Teen activities and entertainment are continuous throughout the two day event.  Blue ribbon competition in livestock, agriculture, home centered events and the flower show attract participants of all ages.  Poultry exhibits, pony and train rides all contribute to a good time to be had by fairgoers.  Held at Chester Frost park on Lake Chickamauga, the beautiful setting lends itself perfectly to the nostalgic theme of the fair.

 

Parking/Camping Information

**Click here for information on Camping during the Fair

*Handicapped Parking Info
Automobiles with proper handicap designation will be directed to a special parking area in Chester Frost Park and patrons will be transported to the fairgrounds.

The handicapped person and one other person per car will be allowed to park free in this area. Any extra persons in the car will be charged $5 to enter the fair, regardless of age.

*Volunteer Parking Info
If you are a County Fair volunteer, special parking areas are established for you as well.  All County Fair volunteers will be directed to the beach and boat launch parking areas in Chester Frost Park.  County Fair shuttles will then transport volunteers to the volunteer check-in tent. 

The volunteer and one other person per car will be allowed to park free in this area. Any extra persons in the car will be charged $5 to enter the fair, regardless of age.

Vendor/Exhibitor/Entertainer Parking Info
If you are a County Fair vendor, exhibitor, or entertainer, special parking areas are established for you as well.  Drive onto the island and follow the signs to your parking area.

Remember- ALL vehicles entering Chester Frost Park must display a County Fair Parking Pass.

WDEF NEWS 12 WANTS TO SEE YOU AT THE HAMILTON COUNTY FAIR!

JOIN US SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT CHESTER FROST PARK. BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY AND ENJOY MUSIC, GAMES, FOOD AND EXCITING CRAFTS.

PLUS, BE SURE TO STOP BY AND VISIT THE WDEF NEWS 12 BOOTH NEAR THE ENTRANCE AND GET YOUR WDEF NEWS 12 FAN THAT WILL HELP YOU STAY COOL ALL DAY AT THE FAIR. PLUS, GET YOUR SAFE FAMILIES ARM BAND FOR THE KIDS TO WEAR DURING THE FAIR TO HELP YOU FIND THEM IF THEY GET SEPARATED FROM YOU. YOU’LL ALSO BE ABLE TO STOP BY AND SAY HELLO TO MANY ON THE WDEF NEWS 12 TEAM. GO TO WDEF.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. COME ON DOWN FOR A GREAT TIME AND WE’LL SEE YOU AT THE HAMILTON COUNTY FAIR.
What's To Eat At The Fair

There’s nothing quite like the aromas that drift up from Concessions Row at the County Fair!  The variety of eats at this event are fantastic.  About 30 concession stands are lined up around the main entertainment stage, making for a great chance for everyone in the family to choose what they want and enjoy live performances.  Plenty of picnic seating is available, but many choose to bring a blanket and stretch out under the trees.

Some Examples:

  • Kettle Corn

  • Chicken and dumplin's

  • Barbecued Pork, Beef, Chicken

  • Smoked Turkey legs

  • Funnel cakes, cotton candy

  • Chicken sirloin on a stick

  • Slush Puppies and Cokes

  • French fries, onion rings and bloomin’ onions

  • Fried Ice Cream and frozen popsicles

  • Hamburgers and did somebody mention hot dogs.......

  • And so much more yummy things to eat at the County Fair!!

 

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