Georgia National Fair sets new record


PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- The Georgia National fair was a success this year and one for the record books.

Fair organizers say 536,840 people joined the fun at the eleven day event. That’s 7% more than last year, which drew 501,528 visitors.

Saturday, October 15th was the busiest the fair has ever been in history, with 93,000 visitors.

Stephen Shimp, Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter Executive Director says that the staff “looks forward to what 2017 has to offer.”

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at