After 150 years, the owners of the Georgia State Fair have said goodbye to Macon.
The fair's website confirms that they've made a permanent move to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. The 2013 version starts up Friday.
The state fair was traditionally held each fall in Macon's Central City Park until 2008. No fair was held the next year, and the annual celebration returned in the spring of 2010, to avoid competition from the Georgia National Fair, held each October in Perry.
But the Macon fair was plagued by low attendance for the past two years. They were bought in 2012 by Universal Fairs, a Memphis, Tenn. company that specializes in buying troubled fairs and turning them around.
But the company launched a fall fair in Hampton last year, closer to Atlanta. And this spring's Macon fair lasted just four days, shorter than previous versions.
The statement on the website says:
"The Georgia State Fair is back and is celebrating its 163rd year in Georgia at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Fair was located in Macon, GA for over 150 years and moved to the speedway in 2012 for it's "Fall Run." The event was so successful the State Fair decided to make the permanent move to the Speedway."