Almost a year has passed since heavy rains washed out the Statesboro Kiwanis-Ogeechee Fair Parade in 2009, the first time in history the parade was canceled. So, plans are for the 2010 parade next month to be better than ever, said chairman Charles Sheets.
Last year, the parade line-up was the largest ever. Sheets hopes this year even more participants will come out for the parade that winds downtown from East Olliff Street to Fair Road at its intersection with Zetterower Avenue.
However, only a few short weeks remain until the parade formally kicks off the 49th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair on Monday, Oct. 18. Sheets is encouraging citizens, groups and other entities to send in parade applications.
Applications can be found on the Statesboro Kiwanis Club website – www.kiwanisogeecheefair.org. Click on the “Parade” tab, fill out the application and submit.
Horseback riders should call 489-9414 or 865-2352 for information on riding in the parade. A $5 fee for clean-up after the horses is required, as is a negative Coggin’s test for horses.
Also, anyone driving in the parade must provide insurance information, Sheets said.
Those who wish their float to be judged according to the fair’s theme – “Agriculture – The Strength for Recovery” - should indicate the float as a “theme float” on the application, he said. Theme floats are judged and winners for first through fifth place can win from $50 to $400.
The deadline for applications was originally today, but Sheets said the time for submitting applications was extended.
Entries other than floats, such as a car or truck, are permitted, but 18-wheelers are not. Vehicles for the sole intent of advertising a business are prohibited as well.
Floats must be in parade position no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 ,he said. Also, groups that have small children must have a vehicle directly behind their group to allow children to ride if they get tired. Optional shorter routes for small children are possible, but if this is necessary, contact Sheets at (912) 587-9232.
Float riders are limited to eight, including the driver; no throwing candy or other materials form vehicles is allowed; and performing groups that must stop should limit stops to a minute or less so a back-up is not created, he said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.