The deadline for sending in applications to participate in the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair parade has been extended to Thursday, said parade chairman Charles Sheets.
The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, from East Olliff Street at North Main, and wander through downtown Statesboro to the intersection of Fair Road and Zetterower Avenue, he said.
A new incentive for horseback riders has been added, said Holli Deal Bragg, Kiwanis member heading up the equine participation in the parade.
A cash prize will be awarded to the largest riding group, and ribbons will be awarded to the "best dressed" horse and rider, whether it be flashy tack and attire, Halloween costumes or native costume pertaining to breed or type of horse.)
Prizes are also awarded to floats adhering to the parade theme - "Agriculture - The Strength for Recovery," Sheets said.
Parade applications may be found on the Statesboro Kiwanis Club fair website - www.kiwanisogeechefair.org - or found in the "Fair books" located throughout Statesboro. For questions, call Sheets at 912-587-9232.
Horseback riders or those who may drive a horse and buggy do not need to fill out applications, but are asked to preregister by calling Bragg at 912-489-9414 or 865-2352. A fee of $5 per horse is required to cover clean-up services. Trailers should be parked in the Coastal Countertops parking lot off Hill Street. Riders should be in place by 4:30 and have copy of the horses' negative Coggins test ready for checking.
The return route is along McTell Trail, where the clean-up crew will follow.
All other entries (floats, bands, dignitaries, etc.) must be in place by 4 p.m., Sheets said.
The 49th annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair will open at 5 p.m. Monday, with admission either $1 or a can, bag or box of nonperishable food to be donated to the Statesboro Food Bank.
Wrist Stamp days are Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 21 (available after 4 p.m. for $18); Friday, Oct. 22 ( 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Moonlight Madness, $15) and Saturday, Oct. 23, (sold all day for $20.)
Tuesday, Oct. 19, is free admission day for senior citizens. Wednesday, Oct. 20, admission is free for school ( university and college as well as public schools) with photo identification. Also on Saturday, from 1-3 p.m, rides in Kiddie Land are $1 each.
Free entertainment nightly includes an all-new attraction by Fearless Flores Circus and Thrill show, and racing igs.
Livestock shows, a midway featuring several exciting thrill rides, and agricultural exhibits including 4-H and FFA booths are also part of the fair's attractions.