For residents of Bulloch and surrounding counties, cooler temperatures bring to mind fall and the annual regional agricultural fair.
The 54th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair will be held Oct. 19-24, with a parade launching the week-long event. Applications to participate in the parade are currently being accepted, and already, over 70 entries have signed up, said parade chairman Charles Sheets. The deadline to enter is Oct. 15.
The theme of the parade always reflects the region’s agricultural scene, and the 2015 theme is “Farming Families: Taking Pride in our Heritage.” Floats decorated in the theme will be judged for cash prizes, he said.
Agriculture is the theme for the annual fair as well, with livestock shows, homemaking and crafts contests, and judging of crops and garden produce. A section of the fairgrounds, the Heritage Village, holds a barnyard with livestock, an old farm house, blacksmith demonstrations, antique farm implement displays, an old general store and more
Amusements of America, a company that has worked with the Statesboro Kiwanis Club for years, will provide an exciting midway filled with thrill rides, games of chance, a Kiddie Land section and a variety of food booths. Local vendors will also offer all kinds of food in the Heritage Village food court, such as turkey legs, funnel cakes, hotdogs and hamburgers, fresh pork skins, boiled peanuts, baked goods and candy apples.
Monday, Oct. 19, the parade will begin at 5 p.m. and go through downtown Statesboro. The fairgrounds will open afterward, with “Food Bank Night,´ which means the normal $5 admission will be reduced by a $2 off coupon with the donation of canned goods, according to information on the fair website www.kiwanisogeecheefair.org.
Tuesday night, wrist stamps allowing unlimited rides will be sold for $18, but tickets for individual rides will also be sold for those who do not wish to ride as much. This is also Senior Citizen night, with those age 55 and over admitted free.
Students get in free on Wednesday night (university and college students need to show ID), and rides will be reduced by one ticket each.
Thursday is Military Appreciation Night, with active duty and retired military and their dependents admitted free. Wrist stamps allowing unlimited rides for $18 will also be sold this night.
Friday is “Moonlight Madness,” with $15 wrist stamps sold, but only after 8 p.m. The wrist stamps will be $20 on Saturday, but are good all day long. Saturday is also the day for the “Kiddie Land Special,” which means rides in the children’s section will be only $1 a ride from 1-3 pm.
Information about entering new competitions such as the 4-H and FFA Scarecrow contest and the FFA nursery, landscape, forestry and floriculture competitions may also be found on the fair’s website.
There will be many new exciting features for this year’s fair, according to fair chairman Ted Williams.
“We've booked great music entertainment each night and the Rosaire's Racing Pigs will return after many years,” he said in a statement included on the website. “Be sure to watch the Lady Houdini as she performs death-defying escape acts… crowd favorites Bob Bohm's 'Farmily Feud' and Sam's Path Petting Zoo will also return. As always, our famous Pancake House will be open along with the BBQ Pit and many local groups to provide a wide range of food choices.”
Books of 20 ride tickets will be sold in advance for $10, a $25 value, and are available at the following locations: Ag South Farm Credit, BB&T Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank. Heritage Banks of the South, Country Financial, Medical Center Pharmacy, Ogeechee Technical College,
Richard Marz Family Dentistry, the Statesboro/Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Center, Parkwood RV Park and Sea Island Bank.
For more information, access Internet website www.kiwanisogeecheefair.com. For parade information, contact Sheets at email@example.com or by phone at (912) 587-9232. The deadline to enter a float or entry in the parade is Oct. 15.
People wishing to ride horseback or drive a wagon or cart in the parade should call (912) 531-3865.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.