Created: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:12:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:08:56 EST
A keynote speech by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal kicked off the Georgia National Fair Thursday.
Playful baboons highlight a line-up of new entertainment at this year's fair. Fair spokesperson Michele Treptow says new acts also include the hatfields and mccoy's high dive, lots of free music, and Terrific Tuesday, where people can come to the fair for a discounted price on October 8th.
"It's a lot of work, but it's a great reward when you see people come in those gates," Treptow said.
The fair includes the usual 68 rides and hundreds of vendors. Treptow says more than 445,000 people came to the fair last year, and with good weather she expects even more this year.
"People appreciate what the Georgia National Fair does for their families, the entertainment that it provides, the great value for entertainment the chance to come out and see some animals and livestock that you don't normally see everyday," Treptow said.