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Buggy Days gets into full swing

The Buggy Days celebration has begun. A crowd is expected at Friday’s street dance at Ritz Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music will begin at 7 p.m. Contagious, Atlanta’s number one party band with the horn section, will be featured along with Barnesville’s own Gary Ware. Other acts are DJ Nay Nay (Renee Burdette) and Bobbi Psoup (Diana Horn). For the cornhole tourney, contestants can sign up at the dance for $10 per team. There will be a split pot plus a Buggy Days gift and family package for first place. No outside food or drink are allowed and an ID will be required for adult beverages. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The cost is $10, kids under 10 free. The Buggython Road Race, which benefits school athletics, will start the day off Saturday at 8 a.m. There are 5K and 10K races and a two-mile Fun Walk. There will be five and 10 kilometer runs. For information call Jeremy Hawkins at 770-358-8652 or visit Saturday is the big day with the arts and crafts fair, classic car show, parade, food and entertainment. More than 150 artists and crafts persons will sell handmade items on Main Street. Buggies are on display outdoors and in the Old Jail Museum. Food will be available from civic clubs. The Buggy Blast Fun Park will be in the United Bank parking lot from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon. The gates of the rodeo arena will open for the Old Fashioned Games at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. The Roberta Drive venue is a change from the traditional Summers Field, which is going to be refurbished into a city park. Admission is $3 per person. Games will start at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at around 9:30 p.m. Concessions will be available but attendees should bring a lawn chair. No alcohol will be permitted. Downtown events and entertainment continue Sunday. There will also be a raffle drawing for a grill. For information contact the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce at 770-358-5884.

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