The North Georgia State Fair is back in Marietta this month — sort of.
The 2020 event is called Taste of the Fair. It’s strictly a food event — either drive-through or walk-up. And the rules are very specific, so read on to see if this is for you.
Admission is FREE.
Parking is FREE.
HOWEVER, if you bring 7 canned food items to donate, you’ll receive a FREE ticket to the 2021 North Georgia State Fair. Just bring your items to the MUST Ministries booths. There are two booths, one at the pedestrian walk-up gate, and the other near the drive-thru exit.
Now you can get your fix with fair food, including:
- Funnel cakes
- Turkey drumsticks
- Cotton candy
- Sausage on a bun
- Cheese steak
- Candy apple
- Caramel apple
- Sno Cones
- Ice cream
- Frozen bananas
- Fresh squeezed lemonade
- Corn dogs
- Fried Oreos
- Apple dumplings
- Cinnamon buns
- and more!
You can see a list of all participating vendors here.
These are the 2020 dates and hours for Taste of the Fair:
- Friday, September 25th — 4 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, September 26th — noon to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, September 27th — noon to 8 p.m.
- Friday, October 2nd — 4 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, October 3rd — noon to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, October 4th — noon to 8 p.m.
Gates open 30 minutes prior to opening, and there may be cars lined up for the drive-through already.
The North Georgia State Fair takes place at Jim R. Miller Park, located at 2245 Callaway Road SW in Marietta.
HOWEVER, you must enter through the Main Parking Lot at Gate 3, located on Al Bishop Drive.
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Here’s how Taste of the Fair will work
The food vendors are placed along a one-way route that you’ll walk or drive through to browse the food offerings.
If you choose In-Car Service, you’ll have a more limited menu. You’ll have to drive through the entire one-way route to see what you want, then park in the designated lot for In-Car Service and place your order with an attendant. Your food will be delivered to you.
Walk-Up Service gives you the full vendor menu.
There are two ways to do Walk-Up:
♦ Drive through the one-way Taste of the Fair route to view the offerings, then park in the designated Walk-up lot and walk to food booths to place orders.
♦ Or, to avoid lines, park across the street in the North Lot and walk across the street to stroll through the food route.
Remember, if you’re driving through, all cars follow the same route. It could be slow, so bring your patience — or plan to stroll the food route on foot.
Download the drive-through menu
(opens as a PDF order form that you can print and take with you, and check off boxes for the items you’d like to order)
Know before you go
Most, if not all, vendors will take either cash or card.
No animals are permitted (other than service animals).
There will be ATMs on site.
No bicycles are allowed. You can go through the route in a motorized vehicle or on foot.
There is no option to order ahead.
There will be a small amount of outdoor seating within the pedestrian area — please observe social distancing and mask guidelines if you choose to eat on-site rather than taking food home.
Minimal restroom facilities will be available, and masks are required in restrooms.
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