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As chairman of the chamber of commerce board, Raychel Allen is overseeing her second Buggy Days festival this week. She was in charge of last year’s event that was scaled back due to COVID. She is pictured with her husband Taylor and daughter Everly. The posed for the traditional festival week photo in a buggy owned by Scott Leverett. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Buggy Days #48 ready to roll

The 48th annual Buggy Days festival gets underway in earnest Thursday with a kickoff party downtown. Lamar Arts is hosting a ticketed cocktail reception at the Depot Gallery from 5-7 p.m. Many downtown businesses are joining in with special deals, extended hours, and live music.

Saturday morning’s Buggython Road Race with its signature cannon start will kick off the main event weekend. Races include a 10K, 5K and 2-mile walk. Participants should park at the Gordon lots off College Drive and gather at Summers Field Park.

The entry fee is $20 for adults, $15 for those 12 and under. The walk fee is $10. The race is sponsored by the recreation department.

The arts and craft vendors will display their wares downtown Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5p.m. Sunday.

The antique cars will be displayed downtown on Saturday morning and take part in the big parade that begins at 2 p.m. Leading the parade will be grand marshal Andy Bush, the 2021 Citizen of the Year. The parade will form up at the Gordon parking lots off College Drive.

The big fireworks display will launch on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. at Summers Field Park.

Music and dance groups and other entertainers will perform all weekend downtown.

The Buggy Blast Kids Park will be located in the United Bank parking lot. Wristbands are $10 per day.

And, it wouldn’t be Buggy Days without the food. The food booths and trucks will be located in the Stafford Block parking lot all weekend.

Official Buggy Days t-shirts are $15 and available at the chamber of commerce office.

For more information, see our Buggy Days section in the 9.13.22 print edition of The Herald Gazette..

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