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Pageant kicks off Buggy Days

Planning continues and an army of volunteers is at work behind the scenes as the 46th annual Buggy Days festival gets underway Saturday with the Miss Buggy Days Pageant. Lovely ladies of all ages will compete for crowns beginning at 10 a.m. at the Fine Arts Center. Admission is $5 and kids under age get in free. Many other events are on the schedule for next week: Thursday, Sept. 19: Kickoff Party: Deraney’s Two City Tavern, 5-11 p.m. This event will incorporate a chamber after hours event for members from 5-7 p.m. but the party, featuring live music, will continue until closing time. Saturday, Sept. 21: Buggython Road Race: Summers Field Park, 8 a.m. The Buggython includes 5K and 10K road races and a one mile fun run and is sponsored by the LC athletic program. Arts & Crafts Fair: Downtown Barnesville, 9 a.m. Crafters will line the streets all day and local churches and civic groups will operate various food booths. A kids’ park will operate in the United Bank parking lot all day as well. Buggy Days Parade: Downtown Barnesville & Summers Field Park, 2 p.m. One of the longest parades in Georgia, featuring bands, floats, antique vehicles, buggies and mounted riders. The parade will be led by grand marshal and reigning citizen of the year Kelly Hughes. Street Dance: Rodeo arena on Roberta Drive, 6 p.m. This party will feature music by The Limelighters and Barnesville’s local favorite The Master Blasters. Fireworks will light the sky at 9:30 p.m. Football fans can watch the Georgia-Notre Dame football game on two large screen televisions. Beer and wine available. Sunday, Sept. 22: Community Worship Service: Depot Plaza downtown, 10 a.m. Hosted by First United Methodist Church, this event will feature the church choir, bell choir and the Crossroads praise team band. The United Methodist Men will provide biscuits, coffee and water. Pastor Cyndi McDonald will bring a brief story-telling style sermon entitled ‘A Fish Tale’. For more information, call 770-358-1494. Arts & Crafts Fair: Downtown Barnesville, 1-5 p.m. For more information, call the chamber office at 770-358-5884 or visit

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