For some furloughed workers from Robins Air Force Base, the fair must go on, even as they went a week without pay.
Michele Treptow, the Director of Communications for the Georgia National Fair says despite the threats of severe weather and the government shutdown affecting many in the Houston County area, turnout at the fair was steady in both attendance and vendor sales.
Last year, Treptow says there were more than 450,000 visitors to the fair in Perry, and that she expects that number to rise this year.
Chadwick Jones, who works at RAFB, was furloughed, but says he always takes his family to the fair every day. He says they "wouldn't miss it for the world."
While he says they've had to be cautious with their finances, the fair is one time every year they tend to enjoy themselves with rides and food.
He and others shared the sentiment that going to the fair serves as a nice escape from the problems of the outside world.
Treptow says this year, military personnel (active and retired) and their families will be able to gain attendance for free on Monday and Tuesday.
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