But word is, his wife won't mind, because Sandra Deal was also in the area for the 2013 festival.
"Everyone acknowledges that this is one of the largest festivals, and has been for a number of years," the governor said of his presence at the festival, which included him being grand marshal of Saturday's parade.
Deal also noted that a couple of elected leaders from the area, state Rep. Brooks Coleman and state Sen. David Shafer, invited him to the festival, which continues through Sunday.
"It's nice to be here," Deal added. "I don't think we could ask for a better beginning to fall than we have today."
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deal told the crowd at the Festival Center, "What a beautiful venue ..."
Also attending were Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris, Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, and Coleman.
-- Patch will have more coverage of the 2013 Duluth Fall Festival.