Coastal Empire Fair Opens Thursday

It's the time of year for cotton candy, corn dogs, games, rides and live entertainment. You can find it all at the Coastal Empire Fair, which starts tomorrow. And you might not believe what goes in to setting it up. "We have setup crews, safety crews, and it takes a crew to do plumbing and water," explained Jeff Blomsness, who owns the fair company.

It takes 200 people a day and half to set up, and even longer to plan it all. "It takes a full year to get it up and running, it's quite an operation," said fair president Sonny Smith.

This year, you will see some oldies but goodies, from hogs to the new trained monkeys, to the newest mega ride called Afterburner. And for the kids, there's a brand new kiddie pavilion. The fair will have something for everyone, and by paying admission to have a good time, you are actually supporting a great cause. "The primary benefactor of the fair is Jenkins Boys Club, and we give to ten or 12 other charitable organizations in Savannah," said Smith.

About 100,000 to 150,000 people are expected to attend, and the crowd is one reason this fair company loves to come to Savannah. "I would say we've been coming here 20 years, and it is one of our favorite places," Blomsness said.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro,