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Fair parade seeks entries

Kiwanis event set for Oct. 21

Fair parade seeks entries

Fair parade seeks entries

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For almost two decades, the annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair has been preceded by a parade through downtown Statesboro.  Beauty queens, classic cars, local dignitaries, clowns, dance groups, bands and colorful floats draw a crowd that lines downtown Statesboro’s Main streets to watch.
Statesboro Kiwanis Club member Charles Sheets, who has been parade chairman for the past few years, said he hopes a record number of people and units will participate in this year’s parade, which will step off at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.
The parade begins at the intersection of North Main and East Olliff streets and will meander along North and South Main streets to Fair Road. The parade ends at the intersection of Fair Road and Zetterower  Avenue.
“The parade is the opening event for the weeklong fair that follows. It sets the excitement for the fair,” Sheets said. “We expect there will be 2,500 people, and 130 units in the parade, and thousands in the streets as they pass by.”
He encourages the public to participate in the parade. It costs nothing to enter, and floats adhering to the theme “Agriculture: the Essential Enterprise” will be judged.

There will be cash prizes awarded: first place, $400; second place, $250; third place, $125; fourth place, $75 and fifth place, $50.

“Our parade has been an annual event for nearly 20 years and is our gift to the community and the seven-county area the fair represents,” he said.

Anyone who wishes to enter the parade may go to the parade website, www.kiwanisogeecheefair.org, and apply, he said.

Click on the “parade” tab on the left, fill out the application and click submit. A reply will be sent within two days to confirm the submission, and entries will be sent information on lineup positions.

Horseback riders and equestrian groups do not need to fill out applications. Anyone interested in riding, driving or entering an equestrian group should contact Holli Deal Bragg at (912) 489-9414, (912) 531-3865 or hbragg@statesboroherald.com.

Current Coggins test results for each horse are required by state law. Riders and their mounts are encouraged to wear native costumes, show tack, or group colors.

“There is no fee to ride, but riders are encouraged to tip the clean-up person who follows behind the parade,” Bragg said.

The Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair is in its 52nd year and celebrates the region’s agricultural heritage. Amusements of America has provided the midway for more than 20 years, and local groups participate in livestock shows, homemaking and agriculture exhibits, and arts and crafts.

The fair also features live entertainment and an assortment of food vendors.

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