Coosa Valley Fair opens Tuesday

It’s time to satisfy the corn dog and funnel cake cravings while encountering clouds of butterflies. The 69th annual Coosa Valley Fair opens Tuesday at the fairgrounds at 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and continues through Saturday.

The Coosa Valley Fair Association, affiliated with the Exchange Club of Rome, is being led this year by Rome banker Bryan Shealy.

A new feature at the fair this year is a Butterfly Encounter. Fairgoers will have an opportunity to get up close in a netted garden setting. “They’ll get a nectar stick to feed the butterflies and, for a small fee, they can get a butterfly house to take home with them,” Shealy said. “I understand it has a cocoon in it that they can watch go through the life cycle and release in their own yard.” Read more.