Everyone in Bulloch and surrounding counties look forward to October, because it means Fair Week! While the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair (located at the Fair Grounds on Highway 67) is a fall favorite, there is a year’s worth of preparation that goes into making Fair Week an annual success. This year’s theme “Family Farmers: Taking Pride in our Heritage,” is sure to inspire and celebrate our area farming families the week of October 19-24th, 2015.
People of all ages are busy throughout September and early October getting ready. The Miss Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair Pageant is looking for the next winner. The entry deadline for the pageant is September 16th. Participants from Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Evans, Jenkins, Screven and Tattnall Counties are welcome with nine age divisions from infants to twenty-three year olds. The pageant will be September 26th at the Springhill Suites and Conference Center and is open to the public.
Booths are always big at the Fair. Both educational booths and booths for hire are available. If you enjoy the competitive spirit, awards are given to booths with the best themes, educational value and originality to name a few categories. Non-profit groups and adult groups can participate from the Fair’s seven county area.
Who doesn’t love a big blue ribbon? 4-H has fabulous individual project exhibits that are judged for originality, creativity and neatness. Students in grades 5 – 12 will enlighten Fair goers on all types of interesting topics that they have studied and reported on. Cash prizes are awarded with the ribbons, so encourage your 4-H students to get involved! The agriculture exhibits include jams, honey, and all sorts of goodies as well.
The area has talented artists of all ages that will be displaying two-dimensional pieces in the Fine Arts Exhibit. Entries must be “decent, recent, original and new (to the Fair).” There are a variety of mediums on display from watercolor to oils. Entries will be judged and nice cash prizes offered to winners.
Crafting is huge these days, so why not put your best work on exhibit in the Fair? Pre-kindergarten through adult crafts will be on display in the Home Arts and Crafts building. There are so many great categories, such as wearing apparel, children and infant clothing, knitting, crocheted items, bedding, tableware, household, quilting, holiday décor’, handcrafts, art and more. It’s always fun to see the hard work of exhibitors.
4-H and FFA hold an annual Scarecrow Contest open to middle and high school students which can be a team effort. It’s important to reflect the Fair’s theme this year in the scarecrows (because you’ll get extra points if you do), and make sure they are lovable and not frightening. The livestock show is always fun to watch. Students take great care to raise and show their cows, lambs and more at the Fair for award recognition.
The week kicks off with the crowd favorite, the Ogeechee Fair Parade, which runs down Main Street. With floats, Scouts, dancers, bands and more, this is always a fun family outing not to be missed. Aside from the great work going into the Fair educational aspects, there is always a delightful array of fun carnival rides and games. Whether you ride the Farris wheel or enjoy the fun houses, there is something for everyone. Just walking around the Fair is captivating, seeing so many people of all different walks of life coming together to enjoy and participate in the annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair. Let’s not forget the purpose behind this project too. The Statesboro Kiwanis Club raises impressive funds to support and continue to serve our community.
Go ahead and make plans now to visit Statesboro during Fair Week, and hopefully you will get involved beforehand in all the many ways citizens can participate. For all information about the Fair, be sure to visit the website: http://kiwanisogeecheefair.org/produce.html.