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Posted: October 24, 2013 7:43 p.m.

Fair back in town, to support cancer research

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The fair is back in town this week, and this time part of the proceeds will support cancer research through Relay for Life.

The fair, which runs through Sunday at The Church at Covington, will feature all of the usual suspects, including a Ferris wheel and carousel, along with dozens of other rides for adults and children, several game booths and fair food.

The fair will be open on Friday and Saturday from 5-11 p.m. (or whenever the majority of the crowd leaves) and Sunday from 2-6 p.m.

Admission is $3 -- children 4 years old and younger will get in free – and 100 percent of the entrance fee proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

Those attending can either buy tickets for specific rides or purchase a $20 wristband for unlimited rides. A $5 discounty coupon is available at local grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants, including Kroger, Food Depot and Stevie B’s, among others, said event organizer Ronda Ellis. Relay for Life will also get 25 percent of all ticket and concession revenue, Ellis said.

She and her husband Scott brought the fair to town to benefit a campaign that is special to them, she said.

"Scott and I got this together as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. With it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we were trying to figure out a way to raise a lot of money for Relay," Ellis said.

The fair is being run by Conley, Ga.-based Forever Young Amusements.

The Church at Covington donated the use of its large field, the same place Relay for Life takes place every year; the church is at 11975 Ga. Highway 142, Oxford.

Ellis said local volunteers are helping with the event, and credited the owner of Forever Young Amusements for hiring local residents, including some who are unemployed, to help set up and tear down.

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