SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Next week, you have the chance to have some fun with your family and support a good cause.
The annual Social Circle Fair will return on Tuesday through Sept. 11, behind Social Circle High School, located at 154 Alcova Drive.
"It's a fun time for the community to get together and enjoy the fair," said Frank Sherrill, this year's president of the Rotary Club of Social Circle, which sponsors the event.
McNair Amusement will provide a Ferris wheel and at least a dozen other rides; other companies will provide daily helicopter rides and pony rides on Friday and Saturday. Food vendors also will be on hand to provide traditional fair food.
The event is also the principal fundraiser for the 23-year-old Rotary Club. Proceeds will benefit three educational-based programs that the club sponsors each year.
"You not only will have fun, but you'll also be helping children in the Social Circle schools," Sherrill said.
The club supports the Ferst Foundation Reading program, which sends out one book per month to children ages 0 to 5.
"Even though they aren't students in the school system yet, they will be," Sherrill said. "Hopefully, they will come in with an excitement for reading ... and an appreciation for books and learning."
The club also gives five $1,000 scholarships to Social Circle High School students for their first year of college, and it also supports other programs in Social Circle City Schools that benefit students.
Some school groups also will have booths at the fair with food and activities for fundraisers.
Nightly entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature gospel performers on Tuesday; the Social Circle High School band and the Social Circle Theatre Players on Sept. 8; the Apostles of Bluegrass Sept. 9; Fishing with Dynamite on Sept. 10; and The Time Travelers on Sept. 11.
In a separate but free event, Mack McKibben will play jazz music at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at historic Gunter Hall near the fair, behind the Social Circle Library on West Hightower Trail.
Fair admission is $1 at the gate. An unlimited ride wristband costs $20 at the gate; pre-sale wristbands are available for $15 each from Rotarians and at the Bank of Social Circle and Pinnacle Bank in Social Circle.
The fair opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sept. 10 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 11.
"We hope everybody comes out," Sherrill said, adding that it is open for the public, not just for Social Circle residents. "It's a fun time and a safe and secure, pleasant experience."