Hurricane Michael may have an impact on the Georgia National Fair

Depending on how much rain and wind Hurricane Michael hits our area with will determine if the fair will be open Thursday.

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PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – With Hurricane Michael possibly effecting our area, that means it may rain on the fun at the Georgia National Fair.

The Georgia National Fairgrounds Director says the rides are built to sustain harsh weather, but fairground employees say safety is the number one priority.

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“The particular storm coming right now, we’re slowly getting ready and prepared for what could happen,” Georgia National Fairgrounds Marketing Sponsorship Director Keaton Walker said.

Walker says she’s hoping it doesn’t rain on their parade.

“There’s an anticipation over the next 24-36 hours that it will increase in speed – even maybe upwards to 80/90 miles per hour,” Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins said.



According to Hawkins, Hurricane Michael will impact the Macon area overnight.

“It’s probably going to be an over night impact on Wednesday, impact and so Wednesday night when the lights are out is when things are going to happen,” he said.

Walker says they are working diligently with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and local EMA.

“We’re looking at the force of winds, how much rain we’re expected to get. Normally, if it’s just typically a little bit of rain we’re open and ready to roll,” Walker said.

Walker says they’ll update those planning on attending the fair through their social media page or the new Georgia National Fairgrounds app on whether they’ll be open come Thursday.