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Kiwanis members push parade entries
Annual parade kicks off 2009 fair Oct. 12
In the 2008 Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair Parade, Sandy Gallemore is shown representing the Red Hat Society of the Boro on bicycle. The deadline to enter the 2009 Fair is Thursday.
    (Each Tuesday though Saturday, Statesboro Herald correspondent Roger Allen will write about newsmakers on Phil Boyum's “Mornings unPHILtered” Web audio and radio program.)

    Tuesday's guests on “Mornings unPHILtered” were Kiwanis Club members Charles Sheets and Dan Foglio, who discussed the 48th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair, which starts Oct. 12.
    Sheets and Foglio both told folks to get their applications for the parade in as soon as possible — the deadline is Thursday. The parade starts on Oct. 12 in front of Farmers and Merchants Bank in downtown at 5 pm and ends in the Wendy's parking lot across from GSU. They said admission to the first day of the Fair this year is one non-perishable item or $1, with all proceeds being donated to the Statesboro Food Bank.
    Sheets and Foglio said that while it is an agricultural parade with the theme being “Agriculture: A History of Change,” any group may enter a float. A panel of judges on the parade route will review the floats that stick to the theme, with the top prize being $500. Fellow Kiwanian Johnny Parrish has been in charge of judging for several years, holding a special breakfast for them before the parade. The judges come from surrounding counties so they are impartial towards the floats they will judge.
    Foglio said that most local banks are selling advance tickets to the Fair, and K-Mart will begin selling them over the weekend. The tickets to the Fair are good forever, so they encouraged people to go ahead and buy a lot of tickets and just hold on to what you don't use until the next year's Fair.
    Host Phil Boyum asked them about kids having the whole week off from school, and they said they expect some people will go on vacation during the week, but they'll be back in time to go to the Fair on Friday and Saturday.
     Sheets and Foglio also spoke about the educational aspects of the Fair, the livestock shows and, of course, the games and rides.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio.

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