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JUNE 23, 2017
Tifton, Georgia


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BIG WEEKEND IN TIFTON

WIREGRASS MARKET'S 'COUNTY FAIR DAY,' DOWNTOWN'S 'GREAT RACE,'
'ROCK THE BLOCK' ALL ON SATURDAY
 
Saturday is a big day in ol' Tift Town: There's a special "County Fair" at the Wiregrass Farmers Market, a national road rally of more than 120 antique vehicles coming through downtown, followed by the city's "Rock the Block" downtown concert festival with the band Revival: An Allman Brothers Experience.

The weekly Wiregrass Farmers Market behind the Country Store at the Ga. Museum of Agriculture is hosting a County Fair Day from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Participants may enter their best recipes for a chance to win in a variety of categories: Tastiest barbecue sauce, top pickled produce, prettiest flower arrangement (using homegrown/local flowers), best jam or jelly, best homemade pie, best homemade cake and yummiest bread. For pickles, jams, jellies and barbecue, a minimum of two jars are needed to share at a sample table for market guests.

Children can compete by entering their best homemade cookies recipes. The cookie category is divided into two age groups -- ages five through eight and ages nine-12 years old.

All County Fair Day entries are due by 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at the market. Winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.  An ingredients list must be provided, but not the recipe itself.

For information, Click Here or email wiregrassmarket@gmail.com

Then, at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, "The Great Race" comes to Main StreetThe Great Race is an antique, vintage and collector car competitive, controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. It is not a test of top speed, but a test of a driver/navigator team's ability to follow precise course instructions and the car's (and team's) ability to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times.

The race this year begins earlier Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., and comes to Tifton for its first overnight stay. The race then continues northward Sunday and ends in Traverse 
City, Mich., on July 2.

While the 120 antique cars are in Tifton, local residents will be able to touch them and talk with the drivers while shopping, dining and experiencing entertainment in Downtown Tifton.

Shops will be open late Saturday night; artisans will have booths; kids will have activities; a classic car cruise-in will be held; and it's free. From  7-10 p.m., Downtown Tifton will rock with the Revival: An Allman Brothers Experience. The city's new festival ordinance will be in force allowing alcoholic beverages to be sold and consumed outdoors within a designated area encompassing participating restaurants/bars downtown.
 


SOUTHWEST GEORGIA BANK
CONSTRUCTION  UNDERWAY IN TIFTON

Southwest Georgia Bank officials gathered at the corner of Eighth Street and Love Avenue on Thursday to break ground on their new Tifton location.

Approximately 18 months ago, Southwest Georgia Financial Corp. of Moultrie, the parent company of Southwest Georgia Bank, announced its plans to expand into Tifton.

The new bank will be located at 205 E. Eighth St., the former location of both Sav-a-Lot and a Piggly Wiggly grocery. The $1.6 million construction is expected to be completed by next April 1, and the bank is expected to have 12 to 15 employees.

Based in Moultrie, Southwest Georgia Bank also has branch offices in Baker, Worth and Lowndes counties. Senior Vice President Chad Carpenter is overseeing the bank's expansion into Tifton.

 
AG MUSEUM SHOOTING FIREWORKS JULY 3

Although no fireworks are planned on July 4 itself in Tifton, the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will have fireworks on Monday, July 3.

Admission to the fireworks show will be $10 per passenger car seating up to eight people and $20 for larger vehicles. Museum gates open at 7 p.m., and visitors may bring blankets and chairs to set up on the Opry Shelter lawn. Visitors may also bring their own picnic dinner or purchase food from on-site vendors. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted.

Veterans and current members of the armed forces will be admitted free with a valid military service ID.

The museum will be closed on July 4.    For information call 229-391-5205.

GEORGIA TECH PRESIDENT STOPS IN TIFTON,
TOURS PEANUT COMMISSION, STATE CHAMBER

As part of his 1,000-mile South Georgia Tour this past week, Georgia Tech President  G.P. "Bud" Peterson stopped in Tifton on Tuesday. The college president visited 44 counties this week to see  Georgia Tech alumni, Regents, business leaders, lawmakers and other friends of the Institute.

Peterson kept an online blog of his tour and wrote that in Tifton, "we visited the Georgia Peanut Commission. Georgia 
VIDEO: Georgia Tech President visits Douglas, Tifton & Valdosta
Tech is deeply engaged with Georgia's agricultural community, a fact that's not widely known. Last year, our Georgia Tech Research Institute and one of its units, the Agricultural Technology Research Program, collaborated with the University of Florida on a project to assess the stress condition of peanut plants under different growing conditions. 

" Don Koehler, executive director of the Peanut Commission,
PETERSON
 hosted a wonderful visit, and I was able to drive an autonomous  tractor (which means that I did not have to drive at all) and planted some peanuts, which should be ready for harvest in about 134 days. This is an amazing place, supported entirely by the farmers and others in the peanut industry. Don and his team were very gracious hosts, and we were able to hear about how  Georgia Tech is engaged and involved in helping the farmers and the state's peanut industry improve operations and efficiency," Peterson wrote.

Koehler said Peterson's visit to the Peanut Commission was "the first time in my 31-year tenure we have had a president from a major university. I have put the reminder of his visit (a replica of the Rambling Wreckin a prominent place in my memory cabinet of my credenza in my office."

After the Peanut Commission visit, Peterson went to t he Georgia Chamber of Commerce's regional office in Tifton.

"The facility has been completely remodeled and opened last month in Tifton as the first Georgia Chamber office outside Atlanta in the organization's 102-year history," Peterson wrote. "We are working with them to see if we can locate one of our regional Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI 2 ) offices there in their facility."

TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
RIBBON CUTTING
 
41 Beverage Shop 
1820 Highway 41 North, Tifton
June 21

CELEBRATING 'PRECIOUS PEARLS'


TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
RIBBON CUTTING
 
Collins Event Center
2703 Highway 41 South, Tifton
June 20




LOCKED UP 
(FOR A GOOD CAUSE)

David Nelson of Plant Broadcasting and WTIF radio in  Tifton found himself behind "bars" Thursday.

No, he didn't commit any crime -- Nelson was among several local folks "locked up" for the annual  Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Lock-Up" fundraiser.

Nelson served his "jail time" at Olive Garden restaurant (which has much better food than the local jail) as he awaited donations to the MDA for posting his "bail."

At last report, Nelson was released on his own recognizance for good behavior for being an MDA community volunteer.
WOODTURNING
EXHIBIT OPENS

A refurbished, permanent installation of a local woodturning exhibit is now open at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The exhibit showcases the works of more than a dozen local artisans actively engaged in the woodturning tradition.

The exhibit includes a vintage woodworking tools display with several restored pieces from the mid and late 1800's, a display of bowls made from the most popular "turning trees" in Georgia, a display on stains and finishes, and a collection of lathe-made items by local artisans that are available for purchase.

For information, contact Museum Curator and Assistant Director Polly Huff via e-mail at phuff@abac.edu

At right are pieces by local woodturners Steve Woodham and Herman Hannon.

YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance


SATURDAY, JUNE 24
  • Irwin County Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 5th Street, Ocilla
  • 'County Fair Day' at Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
  • 'The Great Race,' 4:15 p.m., Downtown Tifton
  • 'Rock the Block' with Revival: Allman Brothers Experience, 7 p.m., Downtown Tifton

SUNDAY, JUNE 25
  • Retirement Celebration for Diane Bargeron, 2-4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Tifton

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

JUNE 15
Zalene Stilwell, 73, Tifton

JUNE 16
Ramon Vermon Ray, 82, Tifton
Jerry Fulford, 71, Fitzgerald
William "Bill" Owen Siebert, 55, Adel

JUNE 17
William C. "W.C." Seymour, 82, Tifton
Linda Marie Murray, 72, Nashville
Brittanie Evans, 24, Douglas
Ernestine Hudgins Rhodes, 88, Sycamore

JUNE 18
Betty Jean Register Marshall, 80, Tifton
Ottis Stone, 77, Enigma
Linda Kay Jones, 57, Adel
Jeanette North Smith (Zaruba), 77, Sparks
Allen Jack Gleason, 85, Douglas
David Phillips, 57, Montezuma

JUNE 19
Betty Jean Lee Sutton, 85, Nashville
Matthew Steele Hunter, 34, Irwin County

JUNE 20
Mary Patricia "Pat" Thompson Wallace, 75, Lenox
Wanell Pearce Dowdy, 83, Sylvester 
William Floyd Herring, 65, Nashville
Lallie Barksdale "Penny" Dickens, 92, Fitzgerald
Walter B. "Slater" Thomas Jr., Sylvester

JUNE 21
Samuel Tyler Russell, 29, Ray City
Betty Hatcher McCarty, 83, Sylvester

JUNE 22
The Rev. Earl Broadway, 98, Tifton
Geraldine Lane Herlovich, 84, Fitzgerald
Dolores Law Gamaras, 88, Ashburn
Monroe Austin, Sylvester


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