Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

October 29, 2007

Annual Ga. Pecan Festival set for Saturday

AMERICUS — With the first hint fall in this cool days, it’s time again for the Georgia Pecan Festival.

The festival kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday with the 5K Road Race. The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., and vendors will open at that time, as well.

This year’s Grand Marshals for the parade are Sumter Regional Hospital President & CEO David Seagraves, Americus Police Chief James Green, Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith and Americus Fire and Emergency Services Chief Allen Erkhart.

“When we choose a grand marshal, it is someone who shows strong dedication and commitment to the citizens of Sumter County,” said Rachael Gresham, with the Americus-Sumter Chamber of Commerce. “Who can deny the fact they did just that during the tornado?”

The marshals will be followed by the Georgia Pecan Festival King and Queen and the Georgia Pecan Festival Prince and Princess.

Gresham said it would be impossible to get every hospital staff member, every police officer, every sheriff’s deputy and every firefighter in the parade as grand marshals, so the heads of these agencies were chosen, Gresham explained. The parade begins at 11 a.m.

Those wishing to participate in the day’s contests will need to sign up at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Gresham said.

“We’re having a live concert with Double Dare at 1 p.m.,” she said. “At 3 p.m., we’re having the Victor Green Youth Talent Expo.”

Of the Youth Expo, Gresham said all youth are encouraged to participate and show their talents.

“We’re having a bungie race sponsored by the Space Walk of Americus,” she said. This event is for teenagers and adults only.

“Then, we’ll have the usual stuff for kids,” she said. “We have Doonbuggy the Clown, a national clown instructor. We will have stilt walkers and antique tractors.”

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