The 58th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair and Parade will see some changes this year, but organizers promise the traditional fun will be even better.
New rules for the parade, a smoking ban and exciting new attractions will improve the week-long event, said Statesboro Kiwanis Club president-elect Ashlee Corbin.
Parade chairman Charles Sheets agrees.
The parade is the kick-off for the fair, and will begin in downtown Statesboro at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, he said.
This year, participants are asked to keep moving. When groups stop for more than a minute or so, or do not keep up with the entry in front of them, it creates gaps and delays.
“We are requesting that all participants recognize the importance for ‘moving along’ so as to not create gaps in the parade,” he said. “Performance stops need to be minimized, be short, and then the performers move to catch up with the unit just ahead of them to fill up the gap just created. It must be remembered that there are over two thousand participants waiting to make their way down the parade route.”
Participants are also reminded to not throw candy or promotional items, but hand them to bystanders instead, for safety reasons. “Throwing or tossing materials does not accomplish the delivery, falls short and ends up encouraging side line parade watcher to enter the street into the path of parade units - with the potential for injuries,” he said.
Those marching or riding in the parade are also asked to keep it respectable. ” This is very much a ‘family friendly’ event and we require that all participants present themselves in respectable attire and that all performances not contain rude or suggestive movements or routines,” Sheets said. “Kiwanis prides itself on being a service organization for children and families and we will not condone activities that do not support this agenda.”
Float entries are strongly urged to adhere to the parade theme, which this year is “Fun for the Whole Herd.” Those entries with this theme will be judged for cash prizes.
Parade applications, route maps and rules can be found online at www.kiwanisogeecheefair.org.parade. Information may also be obtained by calling Sheets at 587-9232 or sending email to email@example.com.
Fair week fun and changes
The 58th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair will take place Monday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds at 16942 Hwy. 67 in Statesboro.
Admission prices are $5 for adults, with children aged 5 and under free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
There will be no free admissions, Corbin said. Discounted admission ($2) however, will take place on Tuesday for senior citizens (55+); Wednesday for local military and public service workers, active duty and retired military and their dependents ; and police officers, sheriff’s department employees, EMS and firefighters and their dependents. On Thursday, students will receive discounted admission of $2. College and high school students will be required to show ID.
Wrist stamp nights are every night this year, she said. The popular wrist stamps allow bearers unlimited rides all night for one price.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
There will be no smoking of any kind on the fairgrounds, Corbin said. This includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and vapes. “The Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair is a family-friendly event and we want to promote a culture of health and wellness,” she said. “The club wants to protect all of our patrons, but especially the children who are in attendance and exposing them to secondhand smoke is counterproductive. We know there will be some pushback, but we feel that it is our responsibility to protect our community and the long-term advantages will outweigh the negativity.”
New attractions include exciting new thrill rides by Amusements of America, the amusements company that has worked with the Statesboro Kiwanis Club for more than 30 years. Events this year include livestock shows, concerts, a Lego competition, as well as performances by escape artist Lady Houdini, RoboCars characters (like living Transformers, she said)’ the Banana Derby, (monkeys riding dogs) a StiltWoman and many more features.
“The Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair is a fundraiser hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro,” Corbin said. “All profits are donated back into the community of Statesboro and surrounding area. The fair is one of two main fundraisers hosted by Statesboro Kiwanis. Through the fair and the Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo, the Statesboro Kiwanis Club was able to give back more than $130,000 in 2018. “
For more information on the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair, please visit the website at www.kiwanisogeecheefair.org.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.