SYLVANIA - Edward and Thetis Brinson will be joined by Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black as grand marshals of the 60th Annual Screven County Livestock Festival Parade April 9.
The Brinsons are lifelong residents of Screven County, who have farmed and supported livestock activities throughout their lives, said Chamber of Commerce interim director Brooke Lawn.
"They have been very supportive of our youth organizations," said Ray Hicks, county extension coordinator and a board member for the Chamber, "and we are proud to honor and thank them for their many contributions to Screven County. They love the land and love the kids."
Black began as an agriculture advocate in high school when he served as president of the Georgia Future Farmers of America, Lawn said.
"It is an honor to have him visit our county during the festival," she said.
Parade day in downtown Sylvania also offers activities for the entire family, Lawn said. Marching school bands from Screven, Burke, Jenkins, Bulloch and Effingham Counties were invited to participate in a Battle of the Bands competition during the parade.
There will be food vendors and children's activities after the parade and the Western Wear Contest, sponsored by the Sylvania Better Hometown and the Downtown Development Authority, will begin at 1 p.m. around the downtown fountain.
Several festivities are planned in the days leading up to the parade. The Miss Screven County Livestock Festival Queen Pageant, sponsored by the Sylvania Junior Woman's Club, is set for March 26 at the Screven County High School auditorium.
The Screven County Livestock Association, Chamber of Commerce and Sylvania's Better Hometown will hold a BBQ Grill Off and April 2 behind the Chamber of Commerce.
Always a highlight of the festival, said Lawn, is the livestock shows that take place at the Agriculture Center.
The Swine Show is scheduled for April 5, the Lamb and Meat Goat Shows is April 6, and the Steer & Heifer Show is April 7.
Registration forms for the parade, vendor booths, and BBQ Grill-Off are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. The deadline for registration is March 24. Call the Chamber at (912) 564-7878 for more information.