This year, there will be more rides, more food and more fun to be found at the 56th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair.
The annual fund raiser will be held Oct. 16-21 at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds on Hwy. 67.
Statesboro Kiwanis Club members have been working all year to repair and improve the fairgrounds, and the popular favorites will return along with some new attractions and a new kids’ safety program, said 2017 Fair Chairman Harry Wachniak.
The Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, an illusionist/escape artist, and a balloon/magic act will return, as well as Sam’s Path Petting Zoo, he said.
Club member Mike Bowen, responsible for entertainment, has lined up several new acts for nightly live entertainment, and “we have several new food vendors,” Wachniak said.
Repairs were made to the historic Aldrich House, once owned by a local family and used as an educational exhibit and a testament to times past,
The windmill that stands at the entrance to Heritage Village, a spot with the historic farm house, barnyard, food vendors, an old fashioned country store, bee farm display, grist mill and antique farm implement displays, was damaged by Hurricane Mathew but has been restored, he said. New lighting and numbered row signs have also been added to the fairground parking lot.
Another new feature that will please parents is a child safety program. Statesboro Kiwanis Club public relations spokesperson Ashlee Hooks Corbin said a new area will be set up near the fair’s main entrance, where children will be given a bracelet with contact numbers for parents or guardians in case they get lost. This will help in cases where juveniles become separated from adults and don’t know where to go – a scenario that happens every year.
The seven-county agricultural fair features a large midway with rides, food and games of chance. In addition to the Heritage Village and Aldrich House farmyard, the fair has a large building with commercial exhibits; buildings housing crafts and art projects; baked goods, agricultural crops, youth mini-booths and a livestock barn where several shows are held nightly.
A stage area near Heritage Village will feature nightly live entertainment.
The fair kicks off Monday at 5 p.m. with a parade through downtown Statesboro featuring classic cars, bands and dance troupes, dignitaries and beauty queens and an array of agriculturally-themed floats that will be judged.
The parade will be livestreamed at www.statesboroherald.com and may also be viewed afterward on the site.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.