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Our Livestock Festival has tractor-loads of life to it
Organizers are pleased with the number of people who have signed up for the pageant, parade and livestock competitions in Screven County’s upcoming Livestock Festival.
“Everything’s shaping up real well, even with the depressed economy and everything,” said Ray Hicks, Screven County extension agent. “Everyone looks forward to it. This is tradition.”
The theme for the 58th annual festival is “Rock Around the Clock with Livestock.”
The festival gets under way at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28 with eight girls competing in the queen contest at Screven County High School. The theme for the pageant is “Cowgirls Twist.”
The contestants have been practicing since the first of February, said Dale Reddick, first vice president of the Sylvania Junior Woman’s Club and pageant director.
She said the girls are practicing a group dance, individual talent presentations and walking in Western wear and evening wear. “They’ve been working very diligently,” she said.
Nearly 40 groups had signed up for the parade as of Tuesday and more entrants are expected, said Heidi Jeffers, executive director of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce. Civic groups, clubs, businesses and individuals who want to take part can sign up through March 27, she said.
The parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, in downtown Sylvania, followed by the annual chicken barbecue. “Please come down and see the parade,” Jeffers said. “It’ll be a lot of fun for everyone.”
The livestock part of the festival begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 with the exhibitors’ breakfast at the extension office at 321 Rocky Ford Road.
The livestock shows are held at the Screven County Agricultural Center, which is at the southwest corner of Rocky Ford and Waters Station roads. The swine show, at 7 p.m. on April 7, will have 19 exhibitors showing 32 pigs, Hicks said. The goat and lamb show is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday April 8 and will feature 22 people showing 36 goats and 12 exhibitors showing 16 lambs.
The steer and heifer show is set for 7 p.m. Thursday April 9, when 10 entrants will show nine steer and 11 heifers. The festival winds up that night with cow patty bingo.
Hicks said donations of cash and auction prizes to support the festival are welcomed. Examples of auction prizes are a certificate for an oil change and hand-crafted items.