Clear skies, comfortable temperatures and the lure of fun and excitement could mean a record year for the 49th annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair when everything is counted. All week, Statesboro Kiwanis Club welcomed folks from all across the region for food, thrill rides, exhibits and more.
Monday kicked off with a parade and Walter Pease, the 2010 Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair chairman, said during that first day more than 4,500 cans of food and $3,800 were taken in as admission, which will be given to the Statesboro Food Bank.
Pease praised the carnival for its clean, well-maintained midway. Amusements of America owner Dominic Vivona said the Fair is "one of the largest in Georgia and certainly the prettiest."
"This is the only fair we go to where they (the club hosting the fair) take a personal interest," Vivona said.
Kiwanis members and affiliates provide carnival workers with dental and medical aid, steak dinners one night and other amenities.
"This is the only fair on our route where this happens."
Members and the public already are looking forward to 2011, which will be the 50th year of the Fair - its Golden Anniversary.