A map of the Hamilton County Fair. (Map: Contributed)

The quintessential fall fair for the Chattanooga area returns this weekend to Chester Frost Park.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the Hamilton County Fair, which runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

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The fair is held on Dallas Island in Chester Frost Park, a 280-acre lakefront about 15 miles from downtown. All guests are shuttled to the park via bus. Admission is free, but a $6 fee is required to ride the shuttle. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome aboard the transportation.

Guests can park at Northgate Mall or Middle Valley Recreation Center to access the shuttle. All vehicles entering Chester Frost Park must display a parking pass.

The festival is charming, fun and even a little weird if you’re not used to the Southern way of life.

Guests can expect delicious food, bungee jumping, a petting zoo and more.

Two stages will offer a variety of entertainment.

The Rock/Creek stage features racing pigs, the Dismembered Tennesseans and headliner Brandon Lay, a rising country superstar.

Local talent Center Stage Dance, Boots and Buckles Line Dance, martial arts, gymnastics and twirling will be featured on the Coca-Cola community stage.

Food vendors will include almost every Southern delicacy you can imagine: kettle corn, chicken and dumplings, barbecue, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and fried ice cream.

Hamilton County Fair is presented by Food City.

A full map of the fairgrounds is available here