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Buggy Days looms on horizon

‘Barnesville Buggy Days ‘¦ It’s a Southern Tradition’ is the theme for the 42nd annual Buggy Days festival weekend on Sept. 19-20, with several activities preceding the festival opening. Chamber president Marshall Hooks commented, ‘We’re making preparations for offering the best event ever.’ Volunteers are needed; call 770-358-5884 for requirements. Miss Buggy Days pageant: The Miss Buggy Days beauty pageant will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Fine Arts Center. Girls of all ages are invited to participate, with the only stipulation that they live, work or attend school in Lamar County. The window-decorating contest also will be judged Sept. 12. Entry forms for the pageant and window decorating are available at the chamber of commerce office, Commerce Place between Swatts and Holmes Streets, or at buggydays. org. Forms must be returned by Sept. 4. Buggy Days Masonic Golf: Participants will hit the links Monday, Sept. 14 at the Morgan Dairy Golf Club for the first ever Buggy Days Masonic Golf Outing. Registration starts at 8 a.m., the shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. and lunch will be at 1 p.m. with prizes for first, second, third and fourth place as well as the longest drive and closest to the pin prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Georgia Masonic Children’s Home and local charities. For more, contact Frankie Holland at 770-550-3620, Brad White at 770-358-5377 or Phillip Bell at 770-358-1108. Kids Night and Almost Anything Goes Games: Kids Night will be held Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the parking lot of the Lamar County High School football stadium. Free activities for children will include a fire truck, police car, coloring contest and hula-hoop contest. The Almost Anything Goes games will be held immediately afterward on the Trojan football field. Each team member will be required to wear the same color t-shirt. Team applications must be turned in to the Chamber Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 with no exceptions. Street Dance and Concert: The Buggy Days street dance is Friday Sept. 18 at Ritz Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission is $10 and $15 for the VIP area, sponsored by Mama’s Country Showcase and Lime-A-Rita. Entertainment for the night will include a cornhole tournament with registration at buggydays. org. Performers featured are JJ Nay Nay, the Kiser Band, Backwoods Branded and Hudson Road. Attendees are invited to bring chairs and blankets but outside drinks or coolers will not be allowed. Hooks said Forsyth Street will remain open, but the parking lot adjacent to Ritz Park will be closed off for the dance. Those attending the street dance need to find other parking in downtown, he said. Buggy Days Festival: More than 150 craft and food vendors start arriving in town Friday for the main festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 20. A Kids Play Park will again be featured during festival hours on the United Bank main branch parking lot. United Bank is a primary sponsor for Buggy Days, Hooks said, ‘and we’re grateful to everyone who helps make this a great event for our city.’ Old Fashioned Games: The Old Fashioned Games will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 with the Pig Chase and Greased Pole Climb at the Lamar County Rodeo Arena next to the sheriff’s office. The Arena gates open at 5 p.m. and the games will start at 7 p.m. with fireworks after the last race. Concessions will be available and everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair. No alcohol is permitted and admission is $3 with children 2 and under free. For more information on Buggy Days events, go to buggydays.org or call the chamber at 770-358-5884.

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