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Get ready for the parade
Participants sought for Kiwanis Ogeechee kickoff
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In this file photo, Chris Mitchell of Pladd Dot Music kicks his heels up and serenades the crowd while making his way down South Main Street during the 2016 Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair Parade. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

In a few weeks, the main streets of downtown Statesboro will be packed as the 56th annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair parade gets underway, kicking off a week filled with fun at the seven-county agricultural fair.

Parade Chairman Charles Sheets said there is still plenty of time – and room – to sign up to enter a float, marching band, classic car or other entry.

The theme for the parade this year is “56 Years of Farm & Family Fun,” since the event celebrates the agricultural history of a seven-county region.

Floats adhering to the theme will be judged, with prizes awarded ($400 cash to the first place winner and cash prizes for places through fifth), he said.

The parade starts at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at the intersection of East Olliff and North Main streets. It meanders through downtown Statesboro, down South Main Street to Fair Road.

There is no fee to enter, but horseback riders are asked to pay a $5 fee per horse for clean-up, as the city of Statesboro requires that service

After the parade, the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds on Highway 67 will open. Amusements of America provides the midway filled with thrill rides and games of chance, and the Statesboro Kiwanis Club operates a family-style event that offers historical displays, antique farm implements, projects and art by local students and other citizens.

There will be live entertainment nightly, with commercial exhibits, a petting zoo, and vendors including a number of local food providers, such as the Kiwanis Pancake House and the Barbecue Hut.

Rules for entering the parade, as well as an entry form, are available online at www.kiwanisogeecheefair.org or people interested in participating can contact Sheets at (912) 587-9232. Sheets may also be reached by e-mail at sheetschuck34@yahoo.com.

The parade, as well as the fair itself, is a family-oriented event. Rules listed on the website include the prohibition of throwing candy or any other material from floats or vehicles (these may be handed out by walkers) and no tolerance for vulgarity (manner of dress or behavior by participants, he said.

Those interested in riding or driving horses in the parade are asked to call (912) 212-6942.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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