Despite delayed start, 43rd annual Polk County Fair is still fun for all

Polk County’s Exchange Club members took a big sigh of relief last week when all the local area got was a downpour of rain and windy conditions when stormy weather went over and left with the remnants of Hurricane Irma.

Because that meant that despite a late opening for the 43rd annual Polk County Fair, the annual fundraiser helping the organization give back to the community annually could still go on with the only hitch being a delayed opening …

The 43rd annual Polk County Fair was put on by the Cedartown Exchange Club, who annually hosts the event at the fairgrounds, does so as one of their primary fundraisers annually.

Fair president Richard Long said the Exchange Club couldn’t have asked for a better week for the fair, despite a delayed opening due to Hurricane Irma.

“We were fortunate enough we only lost one night,” he said.

Long said the annual event allows the club to raise a lot of money annually through entry fees into the fair, with $10,000 going back to the community via scholarships and donations to programs, and through initiatives like the Police Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year programs. Read more.