Category Archives: Comer GA

Madison County Fair Ground, Comer

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The Comer Lions Club has been organizing an old-fashioned county fair for 68 years. The Ferris wheel caught my eye when I was driving past; though no longer operational, it remains a symbol of the fair and a landmark in its own right. Originally a water wheel at another location in North Georgia, it was acquired in 1949 by Pinky Martin, owner of Comer Motor Company. With the help of mechanic Jeff Turner, it was converted by hand into a working Ferris wheel and was used until the early 1970s.

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Nearly every county in Georgia once had a place like this but they’re quite rare today.

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The property and structures are well-maintained.

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Traditional exhibits like crafts and livestock remain highlights of the fair.

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Popular musical acts also play here each year.

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If you’re in the area in September, check them out. Lions Clubs are a great non-political organization who not only do charitable work but also give back to their communities in tangible ways. Madison is a traditionally rural county and the fair is still the biggest event of the year.

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North Avenue Storefronts, Comer

Historic Comer GA Madison County Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

I talked with a business owner here who remembered when Comer was a much busier place. He was also very concerned about a bypass that will soon carry traffic away from the dwindling downtown area.

Historic Downtown Comer GA Fields Auto Parts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

He noted that with the coming of the bypass, few people besides locals would have any reason to come here and do business. I hope, however, that the well-preserved storefronts on North Avenue might serve as a catalyst to attract visitors.

Historic Downtown Comer GA Madison County Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Comer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Restored Commercial Facade, Comer

Comer GA Madison County Restored Commercial Facade Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Comer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Marble-Fronted Bank, 1900, Comer

Historic Downtown Comer GA Madison County Marble Front Bank Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Comer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Historic Comer GA Madison County Marble Front Bank Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Tin-Fronted Storefront, Comer

Historic Downtown Comer GA Madison County Pressed Tin Storefront Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Comer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Roadside Store, Comer

Comer GA Madison County Abandoned Roadside Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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