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The art of the Fair
Locally created arts and crafts are on display at 09 Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair
Rusty Bailey of Statesboro admires the chicken wire-enclosed entries in the Crafts show at the Fair Tuesday. Bailey said that the amount of work that goes into the crafts is just overwhelming to her. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Wednesday at the Fair

        * Fairgrounds open at 4 p.m. with  school students admitted free of charge. Grades having identification cards, as well as university and college students, must show ID.  Reduced ride prices for all students.

        *All exhibits, booths, shows open, free of charge. Nightly shows include ventriloquist Sylvia and the Magic Trunk and the Fearless Flores Thrill Show.

        * Local 4-H and FFA students compete in  the Market Goat Show.

        * Hungry? The Kiwanis Pancake House and Circle K Barbecue Hut are open all week, as well as booths with delicious food from local church and other groups.


    While screams echo from the midway outside, the atmosphere in the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair arts and crafts display building is calm and soothing. People browse among chicken wire structures containing treasured artwork, hand painted rocks, crocheted clothing, intricately designed ornaments and more.
     The arts and crafts entries range from imaginative drawings and classroom project-type creations by eager children to home decor painstakingly wrought by seasoned artists' hands. But each and every entry has someone — or many someones — who visit the building for the sole purpose of admiring the handiwork.
    The entries are judged, and every piece boasts a ribbon — first place blue, second place red, and third place white. There are grand prize awards as well.
    Styrofoam bugs stare from the displays, next to beaded necklaces and pine cone birds and Christmas ornaments obviously made with thoughts of Santa in mind. Students from seven counties entered paintings, drawings, Popsicle stick creations and other zany items.
    Then, in the next display, there are breathtaking floral arrangements and fall centerpieces; quality costume jewelry fit for wearing to parties; topiaries, ceramics, scrapbooks, unique holiday ornaments and hand painted items.
    The quilts hang along the walls, ranging in pattern and colors. Beside them are hand-knitted or crocheted afghans. There are needlework pieces and hand-sewn and crocheted clothing such as sweaters, scarves and hats.
    Linda Jenkins was there Tuesday night to admire her daughter Whitney Greene's crocheted scarf and beret, which won a first prize ribbon.
    "We always come and look to see what kind of talent there is here," Jenkins said. "I also like to see what the children made."
    Connie Saenz said she feels the arts and crafts displays are educational for children " to see the different things people can create with their imaginations. She and her family were enjoying the fair and took time to peruse the aisles of entries.
    So did Kristi Barron. She was particularly interested in locating artwork created by her niece and nephew, students at Portal Elementary School. But she has a soft spot for thier quilts, too, she admitted. "We usually make it by here every year."
    Brenda Jackson was obviously enjoying the sights as she browsed. "I look at all the exhibits," she said. "I like the arts and crafts but I look at everything. I like to look at other people's handiwork."
    Angela Carter rambled through the displays while keeping tabs on her stepsons. "I'm an arts and crafts person," she said. "I wanted to see what is on display, especially the quilts."
    She has a special quilting project going on herself — quilts for her stepsons, incorporating pieces from their father's blue jeans and pieces from sheets their parents had when their father was still married to their mother, she said. She hopes the quilts will be completed by Christmas, she said.
    The arts and crafts exhibits are open every night during the fair. This year, the Art Show entries and winners are displayed in a room inside the arts and crafts building as well.
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