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Fair back in town, to aid cancer research
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The fair is coming back to town this week, and this time part of the proceeds will go fund cancer research through Relay for Life.

The fair will be held Thursday through Sunday at The Church at Covington and 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’s hours will be:
Thursday – 5-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday – 5-11 p.m. (or whenever the majority of the crowd leaves)
Sunday – 2-6 p.m.

The fair will cost $3 to get in – children 4 years old and younger will get in for free – and 100 percent of the entrance fee will go to Relay for Life.

Attendees can either by tickets for specific rides, or they can buy a $20 wristband for unlimited rides; $5 off coupons are available at local grocery, 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 an event that is special to them.

“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 their large field, the same place Relay for Life takes place every year; the church is located at 11975 Ga. Highway 142, Oxford.

Ellis said local volunteers will be 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.