The Union Recorder

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October 29, 2007

Oconee Area Fair opens tonight

The Milledgeville Exchange Club will open the Oconee Area Fair to the public beginning this evening at 6 p.m.

The weather forecast is encouraging, and a large crowd is expected for the five-day event, according to Matt Goins, Exchange Club vice president.

“The fair is dead set on schedule,” Goins said. “It looks like everything will go great. Even if it rains, we’ll just put on our raincoats and keep on going.”

This year will mark the first time the fair will be completely run by the Exchange Club, and Goins said he and other club members were hopeful of a successful response from the public.

“We expect to see at least 5,000 during this year for the week,” Goins said.

In keeping with that goal, the Exchange Club is offering different activities for fair patrons throughout the week.

Tonight marks ‘Gospel Night,’ in which local churches and groups will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

To celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, there will be trick-or-treating, a costume contest and all children from kindergarten to fifth grade will receive free admission with costume.

Also on Wednesday night the Exchange Club will be hosting ‘Community Heroes Night,’ where law enforcement, public safety personnel, EMTs and firefighters will receive free admission.

Thursday night is designated ‘High School and College Exchange’ games night, where prizes won at midway games can be “sold” back to the Exchange Club for a good cause.

“If they win, prizes can be bought back and the proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Macon,” Goins said. “The cost of each prize will vary by its size.”

On Saturday, the fair will showcase ‘Family Fun Day,’ where dance and gymnastic exhibitions take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All of this will occur along with the usual rides, petting zoos, food booths and midway games that have been typical of the Oconee Area Fair in the past.

“We are trying to make a community fair,” Goins said. “We want it to be a true community fair where everyone is

involved.”

The Oconee Area Fair will be held at Walter B. Williams Park until Nov. 3.

The fair will open through Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m.; Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from noon to

midnight.

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