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    Statesboro Police Chief Stan York gave the Statesboro Kiwanis Club the OK Thursday to hold the annual fair parade through downtown Statesboro, presenting the parade permit to club president Horace Harrell and fair chairman Darrell Colson.
    The Statesboro Police Department takes an active role in making the parade safe and directing traffic away from the downtown area in which the parade is held.
    "One of our objectives is to have a safe environment for participants and for the public  to enjoy the parade," York said.
    Now is the time for individuals and groups to register for participating in the 2007 Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair Parade. The annual parade kicks off the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair, which will be held Oct. 8-13.
    Parade chairman Carl Brister said he expects about 120 entries in the fair and encouraged groups to construct floats as opposed to simply driving vehicles.
    Floats judged to be the best will win money, he said. Floats are judged according to how well they fit the theme and how much effort is placed into the design. First place wins $400, second place is awarded $250, third place gets $125, fourth place receives $75 and the fifth place winner takes home $50, he said.
    Floats, described as " a low, flat, decorated vehicle and/or trailer," must have no more than eight persons, and participants are asked not to throw candy or other items to spectators for safety reasons, he said.
    The theme for the parade is "100 Years: Georgia Southern University Blossoms From Agricultural Roots." The parade marshals are Dr. and Mrs. Bruce and Kathryn Grube. Grube is the GSU president.
    Applications for the parade are available online at, or can be found in the "Fair Book," a publication available at various locations throughout the county that contains fair exhibit rules, parade rules, schedules of events and entertainment and more about the fair.
    Brister will also send applications by e-mail. Interested persons can call him at (912) 587-2465 or e-mail him at
    Horses will be allowed in the parade once again, and horseback riders are encouraged to participate. All horses must have proof of a negative coggins test, and riders must have that proof with them at the parade. The fee for riding or leading a horse in the parade is $5 per animal, and that covers cleanup costs, Brister said.
    Horseback riders are also asked to complete an application. Anyone interested in riding horses in the parade or with questions about entering as an individual rider or as a group should contact Holli Deal Bragg at (912) 489-9414 or (912) 865-2352, or by e-mail at
    Harrell said the club is looking forward once again to working with the Statesboro Police Department in providing the community with an entertaining and high-quality parade.
    "We do thank Stan (Chief York) and all other law enforcement," he said. "We couldn't do it without their participation."
    The fair opens after the parade Monday, Oct. 8, and is open every afternoon until Saturday, Oct. 13.
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