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Esco hopes to return Buggy Days to its roots

Dick Esco has come out of retirement to serve as chairman of Buggy Days in hopes of getting the festival back on the right track. Esco headed up the festival for 30 years. ‘We’re going to do it the way I know how to do it,’ Esco said. Last year’s event was plagued by the premature halting of its signature event, the Buggy Days parade. The chamber of commerce has also taken considerable heat over canceling the highly-popular pig chase. Esco agrees with that move due to liability concerns. Esco has worked to weed out the ‘˜Walmart’ vendors and get back to attracting true crafters. There will also be no outside food vendors at this year’s festival. Those booths, limited to local civic, church and other groups, have sold out. ‘Buggy Days was always the event that made their budgets. We are going back to that,’ he said. Another local, Heather Norsworthy, will run the kids park attraction. The demise of the pig chase left a void in the schedule of events for Saturday night, so the concert/street dance was moved to that time slot. The location was changed to the rodeo arena on Roberta Drive to accommodate the fireworks display which cannot be done downtown. The street dance will no longer conflict with Lamar County football on Friday night but this year it will go head-to-head with the highly-anticipated Georgia-Notre Dame football game.

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