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Waynesboro, GA
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October 23, 2002

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Farm Festival, Police Run
Set Here Saturday
By Jimmy Ezzell
True Citizen Editor
Saturday will be a big day in Waynesboro
with the first annual Farm Festival 2002 and a fund-raising run by law enforcement officers.
The first of the two events is the start of the fund-raiser run at 8 a.m. by law enforcement officers from Burke, Jefferson and Jefferson counties. Shortly thereafter, starting at 9 a.m., there will be opening ceremonies for the first annual Farm Festival 2002, a salute to the farming industry of Burke County and to the many people that make up the farming community. It will continue until 6 p.m. At the opening ceremonies, there will be the blessing of the tractors. Drs. Al Wright of Waynesboro’s First Baptist Church and David Carter, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro, will be doing the honors.
The Farm Festival actually kicks off tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7 p.m. with a talent show at the Burke County Office Park. The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door for $2 a person. Talent from across Burke County and neighboring localities will be performing.

Farm Festival 2002 is sponsored by the Waynesboro Shrine Club with support from the Burke County Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds from the event will go toward the many charities supported by the Shriners. Besides the talent show on Thursday night, there will be activities all day Friday, Oct. 25, at the Waynesboro-Burke County Museum.

The big day for the festival will be on Saturday. Besides the 9 a.m. opening ceremonies, a parade at 10 a.m. will start things rolling. The parade will be led by the Ralph Sanderson family of Midville, Burke County’s Agriculture Family of 2002. Also, it will have floats, tractors, farm implements to show what it takes to farm these days, a number of Shrine units including the Shrine clowns and mobile (go-carts) unit that onlookers get a kick out of watching. There will be several attractions for the young folks including the popular train ride from Waynesboro’s First National Bank.

The festival will take up Liberty Street between 6th Street and 7th Street for the entire time.
Lee Brantley, a club member who’s in charge of the vendors who will set up shops along the street, said there are about a half dozen food booths and nearly 20 vendors offering “just about anything you want.”
There will be various kinds of entertainment including some of the acts that performed on Thursday night at the talent show, according to Tracy Carter. Farm Festival 2002 replaces the Cotton Country Festival that was held for a number of years but has been dormant recently.

Carter said recently the Waynesboro Shrine Club felt like there should be some sort of festival to honor the farmers of Burke County. He noted that agriculture is one of the county’s largest economic providers
They determined the organization that had put on the Cotton Country Festival had no plans to do so again, so the Shrine Club came up with Farm Festival 2002.

Burke County Seafood
Why make a lengthy drive to the coast for fresh shrimp, when you can find
them right here in Burke County. Wesley Bailey of Waynesboro is pictured here with a handful of freshwater prawns, or shrimp, that he “grows” in three ponds on his family’s property.

This is Bailey’s third, and most successful, year of growing the shrimp. In the past two weeks, he’s harvested nearly 500 pounds of the tasty critters from his first two ponds. Bailey plans to harvest his third and last pond this Saturday, Oct. 26.
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