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Run for the Roses with Lamar Arts

The annual Derby Party in honor of the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 7, with the proceeds benefitting Lamar Arts. Plenty of activities are planned to keep race aficionados happy between 4-7 p.m Antebellum Oaks bed and breakfast at 643 Greenwood St., owned by Dolie McCarthy, is again the site of the party. There will be traditional Derby fare, a hat contest, a silent auction and lawn games. All will raise money for year-round arts activities including the annual Summer Kids Camp. ’New this year is the horse racing on the lawn,’ said party chairperson Kathy Oxford. ‘People will hold pictures of horses and jockeys and move around the track as dice are thrown. It’s a great time for the adults to get out and play.’ The Derby itself will be watched on a big screen TV. A wine tasting for eight, also held at Antebellum Oaks in the Rhett Butler Room will be among the auction items, as will gourd artwork created by David Preston. In addition, there will be prizes for the horse race and hat contest and door prizes. ’The hat contest isn’t mandatory but it’s a lot of fun,’ she said. ‘Some people are pretty good at decorating them.’ Tickets are available for $25 per person from any Lamar Arts board member or at Slices Pizza, Goggans Florist, the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Carter’s Drugs and the Lamar Arts Depot or any Lamar Arts member. Tickets are $30 at the door. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Lamar Arts is seeking corporate sponsorships and contributions for contest winners. ’This is one of Lamar Arts’ organized fundraising events,’ she said. ‘Lamar Arts will have been around 20 years as of next year but state funding is drying up.’ For information or tickets contact Oxford at or 678-877-9532.

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