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Tim Turner overseeing his last Buggy Days

As an expert on local history and assistant city manager, Tim Turner is all about Barnesville. For the past 10 years, he has been all about Buggy Days as well, having taken over as chairman of the event for Dick Esco. He is retiring from that position after this year’s festival. The chamber board of directors will have its hands full finding a replacement. Tim rode in the first Buggy Days parade on a float when he was a very young boy. His grandfather, Troy Turner, was the hit of early parades, belly dancing on the Shriners float with a jewel in his navel. His uncle, Reuben Ware, wrote the official Buggy Days song. When he was eight years old, Tim caught a pig at the annual pig chase at old Summers Field stadium. ‘My mother made me take it back down to the football field. Somebody there gave me $50 for it,’ Tim recalls. A lifelong resident of Barnesville, Tim has always been involved with the chamber and other community endeavors. He has served as chairman of the annual Illumination Celebration and co-chaired the BBQ & Blues festival. During his time at the Buggy Days helm, he resurrected Almost Anything Goes, Kids Night and the annual street dance. ‘At Kids Night, everything is free for the children. I think that is important,’ Turner said. He also instituted the $10 all day armbands for admission to the kids park at Buggy Days to make that venue affordable for families. Tim is stepping down from his Buggy Days post and his work as Praise Team director at First United Methodist Church to spend more time with his family. He and his wife, Kelly, are looking at campers and hope to take weekend trips with their daughters Savannah and Marley.

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