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Buggy Days are here again!

Buggy Days are here and there’s splendid weather forecast for the weekend. The concert and street dance will be held at Ritz Park Friday, Sept. 16. Gates open at 7 p.m. Bands will include Biscuit, Session Road and Contagious. Coolers are not permitted. Bring chairs, blankets and ID. Admission is $10. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 17-18 will be the arts and crafts show. On Saturday vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. The Kid’s Park will be open both days, featuring many activities for children for $10 a day. Live music will be on Main Street Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, Sept. 17, the Buggython will begin at 8 a.m. Parking for the race will be at the Gordon College Athletic Complex. At 2 p.m. the Buggy Days Parade will begin at the corner of College Drive and Summers Field. The parade route will be shortened this year and will end at Stafford Avenue, not Spencer Street. Evening events will include the Old Fashion Games at the Lamar County recreation department, followed by fireworks. Beginning Friday at 7 p.m. Main and Market streets will be closed through Sunday at 6 p.m. The crafters and food vendors will check in beginning Friday at 7 p.m. The Stafford lot will be closed Friday at 5 p.m. to get the tents set up for the food court. The Ritz Park and Post Office parking lot will be closed Thursday evening. Signs will be put up downtown informing citizens about parking restrictions on Thursday night. Full Schedule Of Events The 38th Annual Buggy Days theme is ‘Barnesville…Where It All Began’. View the historic memorabilia depicting the theme displayed in windows on Main Street. Friday, Sept. 16 Street dance to rock Ritz Park Friday night Rocking in the weekend on Friday, Sept. 16, Biscuit, Session Road and Contagious will perform at the Street Dance at Ritz Park beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10. Children under 10 are admitted free. Gates open at 6 p.m. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and lawn chairs. No coolers or beverages purchased outside the gate will be permitted in to the concert area. Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 17 & 18 Buggython kicks off Saturday events The Board of Education will sponsor the Buggython Road Race and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. Register for the 5K, 10K and the 2 mile Fun Walk at the starting line at the corner of Summers Field and Houston Street. Applications available at the chamber of commerce, board of education and online at www.buggydays.org. Parade starts at 2 p.m. The Buggy Days parade will be held Saturday, Sept. 17. It begins at 2 p.m. at Summers Field on College Drive and will make its way along College Drive, Forsyth Street, onto Main Street and part of Thomaston Street. Come see the buggies, horses, marching bands, dancers, Shriners and more. This year’s 2011 Buggy Days Parade Grand Marshall is Lamar County’s Outstanding Citizen Barnesville Mayor Peter Banks. A couple of his seven grandchildren will accompany him in the buggy as he leads the parade. Arts, crafts, food featured Saturday, Sunday Over 20 food vendors and about 100 arts and crafts booths will be set up in downtown Barnesville. All booths will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Check out the craftsman’s village for painters, photographers, sculptors, wood carvers, bowl turners and much more. This area was very popular last year and the vendors are excited to return to an exhibition which features true artisans. The current Lamar Arts exhibit at the Depot features numerous works of art from local artists. The Old Jail Museum and Archives, located behind the courthouse, exhibit honors Buggy Days. Admission $1. Antique car display There will be an antique car display Saturday, Sept. 17, with judging at 9 a.m. Antique cars will follow Grand Marshall Peter Banks in the Buggy Days parade,. Kids’ Park Saturday and Sunday will also feature the area’s largest Kids’ Park. Wristbands will be sold for $10 each day and will provide unlimited play for the day of purchase. The Kids’ Park will be located in the United Bank parking lot Saturday and Sunday during festival hours. Entertainment Saturday and Sunday is filled with entertainment on the concert stage. The stage will be set up downtown. Saturday’s entertainment will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday’s entertainment will be from 1-5 p.m. Entertainment will consist of dancers, gospel groups, country and rock groups. Old Fashion Games, fireworks at Rec Old Fashioned Games and Fireworks have been moved from Summers Field to the Recreation Department on Gordon Road. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the Games starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $2 with children under four free. Keep your seat after the Old Fashion Games for the best view of the fireworks, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, city of Barnesville, and Farm Bureau. For all of the latest information, go to buggydays.org.

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