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November 6, 2008

Old South Day cooks vintage Georgia thrill

OCHLOCKNEE — Classic, “down home” fun comes to Ochlocknee this weekend with the 32nd annual Old South Day.

“It’s a day filled with fun, education, enjoyment and plain old down home times,” Sharon Herring, publicity director, said. “As always, our theme is to salute the blending of heritages and pay tribute to the rich past of the area.”

Old South Day is the second oldest and largest festival in Thomas County, organizers said. It draws thousands of people each year.

Carolyn Bertsch, president of Ochlocknee Community Civic Club Inc., said 118 vendors will be on site Saturday offering a variety of arts and crafts and foods.

New to the event this year include a Christian motorcycle ministry, a “woolly buggers” puppet show, a Boy Scouts troop selling peanuts and Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue Inc.

“They rescue horses people no longer want,” Bertsch said. “They get vet certificates and get them adopted.”

The festival kicks off today with the annual Ochlocknee School Reunion at 6 p.m. and is open to anyone who went to or worked at the school.

The reunion is at American Legion Post 265 and the honored class this year is the school’s last graduating class, 1958.

The day kicks off Saturday with a sausage and biscuit breakfast at 6 a.m., Herring said. This food is expected to be available through dinner.

Vendors, the antique museum, living history museum and entertainment start at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day.

“We’re expecting larger crowds with our living history museum,” Herring said. “There’s been more and more people coming each year.”

A parade is at 11 a.m. and the Country Fair, featuring a variety of arts and crafts submissions, will be open until 2 p.m.

Barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. until supplies run out and food vendors will be open throughout the day.

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