Fair to open its doors for 52nd year

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  • The Kiwanis-Ogeechee Fair is a part of the Georgia National Fair held in Perry, GA. The fair will be in Statesboro from Oct. 21- 26 and student night on Oct. 23.Photo by: Ryan Woodham

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Charles Rudison

The crisp orange leaves and the chilly breeze signify the coming of fall in Statesboro as well as the coming of the annual Kiwanis-Ogeechee fair.

The fair starts on Monday at 6 p.m. and ends on Saturday at 1 a.m. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Student night will be held Wednesday. During student night the ticket fee will be waived for all students with a valid college ID until 8 p.m. Children under six get in free except on Monday.

“We’ll also be selling wrist stamps on Tuesday and Thursday night for $18. With wrist stamps, you will be able to ride all the rides you want for the rest of the night,” Mike Bowen, advertiser for the Kiwanis club, said. “On Saturday wrist stamps will be $20. On Friday, we will have a special promotion, the unlimited ride fee will be $15 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.”

A parade will kick off the fair and its events at 5 p.m. on Monday.

“The parade will be running through the streets of downtown Statesboro, our parade will have everything from marching bands to floats,” Bowen said.

“The $5 fee will not only cover entry to the fair. Students will be able to attend exhibits, shows, and tons of other free stuff at no additional charge,” Bowen said. “Exhibits will mostly be displays of old-fashioned farming type stuff.”

The Georgia Southern University cheerleaders and Gus the Eagle will be in attendance on student night.

“We will be taking pictures with the children and doing cheers,” cheerleader Jasmyn Cornell said. “It will be a fun time.”

Every fall for 52 years the fair has taken place in Statesboro and has been hosted and promoted by the Kiwanis club. The fair has reaches around 50,000 people in attendance every year.

“The Kiwanis club is a service organization. All proceeds from the fair will be donated to charitable organizations, primarily ones that serve and give to young children,” Bowen said.

Those attending the fair will receive a $2 discount by bringing in canned goods on Monday only. All canned goods will be donated to the Statesboro food bank.

“We invite you all to come have a good, safe and fun time,” Bowen said. “We want you to bring your friends and family and make memories to be cherished for the rest of your life.”