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Parade ready to roll Saturday

T.W. Lee, a longtime livestock producer from the Rocky Ford area, will be the grand marshal for the Screven County Livestock Festival parade that begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Lee will be the grand marshal whether he’s able to attend the parade or not, according to Ray Hicks, Screven County extension agent. Lee is 88 and not getting around very well ever since a cow knocked him down and hurt his back a while ago.

If Lee can ride in the parade, that’s fine, but if he can’t, he’ll be the honorary grand marshal, Hicks said. He’s being honored for decades of supporting the livestock industry, helping others the community and helping children become interested in farming.

The parade that starts at the high school will have more than 90 entrants, including 19 floats, some antique tractors and cars and the middle and high school bands.

“It’s going to be a great parade,” said Heidi Jeffers, executive director of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will go through downtown on Main Street and end at W.T. Sharpe Drive.  

After the parade, in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot across from the Post Office downtown, members of the livestock board will barbecue chicken.

The plates will include baked beans, coleslaw, bread, a cinnamon roll and tea for $6. Proceeds go to help pay for festival expenses and prizes.

Also after the parade, the Downtown Development Authority and Junior Woman's Club sponsor a Western wear contest. There is no advance registration.
 
"Just show up," at the fountain in downtown
Sylvania at about 12:45 p.m.
, said Hilda Boykin, manager of the DDA's Better Hometown Program.

Contestants will be divided into categories of birth to 3 years; 4 to 6 years; and 7 to 18 years.