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New rides, new exhibits
Kiwanis Ogeechee fair is in town this week
Amusements of America crews assemble rides Friday in advance of the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff


Monday, Oct. 15

• Parade downtown at 5 p.m.

• Grand Opening, Fairgrounds

• Rabbit Show 6 p.m.

• Live entertainment

• Try a funnel cake from a Heritage Village vendor!

Tuesday, Oct. 16

• Fair open 4 -11 p.m.

• Lego contest – 5 p.m.

• Senior Citizens Day, over 55 years old free

• Market Hog & Breeding Gilt Show 6 p.m.

• Unlimited rides wrist stamps  $20

• Check out the new Wipe Out and Freak Out rides!

Wednesday, Oct. 17

• Fair open 4 - 11 p.m.

• Student Day-Students free (high school & college must show current ID)

• Goat Show 6 p.m.

• Live entertainment

• Visit the Old Country Store for an ice cold Coca Cola in a glass bottle!

Thursday, Oct. 18

• Fair open 4 -11 p.m.

• Military Day–Military, active and retired & dependants free with current ID–Police, Sheriff, EMS and Firefighters free with current ID

• *Unlimited rides wrist stamps $20

• Market Lamb Show – 6 p.m.

• See how syrup is made, grits are ground and bees make honey!

Friday, Oct. 19

• Fair open 4 -11 p.m.

• Moonlight Madness Special wrist stamps go on sale at 8 pm  $18 each

• Live entertainment

• Don’t miss the racing pigs and reptile show!

Saturday, Oct. 20

• Fair open 2:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.

• All day unlimited rides wrist stamps  $22

• Kiddie Land Special (reduced rides) 1 – 3 pm

• Cattle Show 2 p.m.

• Be sure to browse the commercial and educational exhibits!

Visitors from throughout the region will converge on Statesboro this week as the 57th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair brings rides, food, exhibits and a parade.

What is known locally as “Fair Week” will officially start a 5 p.m. Monday, with a parade through downtown Statesboro. Parade Chairman Charles Sheets promises lots of colorful floats, carefully restored antique tractors and classic cars, marching bands, beauty queens and dignitaries as the parade moves through North and South Main streets to Fair Road (Highway 67.)

The parade ends at the intersection by CVS Pharmacy, but the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds on Highway 67 (a couple miles south of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway) opens at 6 p.m. Monday,

The seven-county agricultural fair draws exhibitors from Bulloch, Bryan, Jenkins, Screven, Evans, Tattnall and Candler counties, but visitors come from all across the region to enjoy the shows, midway, games, food and more through the week, until the fair closes at midnight Saturday, Oct. 20.

This year is the first time a female has served as fair chairman. Long-time Statesboro Kiwanis Club member Debra Pease, this year’s chair, said there are several new attractions this year.

The theme of the parade and fair this year is “Agriculture – Pioneer Days to Modern Ways.” On the club website (, she states “We pride ourselves as remaining an agricultural fair in the age of technology.”

The fairgrounds display the theme through an old farmstead including the Aldrich House, barns, an old country store, blacksmith shop, grist mill, bee exhibit and antique farm implement display.

Local farmers, homemakers and students in the 4-H and FFA clubs compete with agricultural crop samples, baked and canned goods, and educational mini-booths. There are livestock shows and displays throughout the week, too.

Live nightly entertainment will include several local and regional performers, including a bluegrass duo from Florida who will not only perform on stage, but at different locations around the fairgrounds throughout the night, Pease said.

New on the scene is a reptile rescue exhibit with snakes, alligators and more. Popular in the past, the racing pigs and petting zoo will return as well.

Educational workshops like making corn husk dolls and homemade soap will be held at the Aldrich House nightly, and a new event, a Lego contest, has drawn a great deal of interest, she said.

There are 32 teams registered, each consisting of a child and an adult. No kits allowed, and teams will have an hour to build their project. Prizes will be awarded. The contest will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday night (Oct. 16) in the Arts and Crafts building,

The fair committee is planning future expansion of restrooms, but this year there will be portable “Royal Restrooms” at the Kiddieland area as well as Heritage Village (where an assortment of local vendors offer  variety of food items.)

There will be food vendors on the midway as well, said Robbie Vivona, whose family owns Amusements of America, provider of the midway.

Amusements of America has partnered with the Statesboro Kiwanis Club for decades. Vivona said there are two new kiddie rides coming – Bear Affair, and Speedway.

Adult thrill seekers will enjoy the new ride “Freak Out” and the “Magic Carpet” fun house, as well as the new “Wipe Out” ride, and familiar rides such as the “Rock N Roll” and Giant Ferric Wheel.

In addition to the traditional games of chance and other attractions, Amusements of America has added baby changing stations with cell phone charges, he said.

The fairgrounds open at 6 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Admission for those 6 and over is $5. Ride tickets will be sold he entire time, but wristbands allowing unlimited rides will be sold Tuesday and Thursday for $20; on Friday after 8 p.m. Friday (Moonlight Madness) for $18 and on Saturday (good all day) for $22.

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

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