CAN SUMMER BE FAR BEHIND?
TIFTON'S WIREGRASS FARMERS MARKET OPENS
From goat milk to free-range eggs, Tifton's Wiregrass Farmers Market will have a variety of items available from local farmers when it opens for the season at 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 11, behind the Country Store at ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on Whiddon Mill Road.
All visitors to the market Saturday receives a coupon redeemable at the Country Store for reduced admission to the annual Folklife Festival, which also will be in full swing at the museum all day long on Saturday.
Founded in 2011 by a group of community volunteers committed to a local and sustainable lifestyle, the Wiregrass Farmers Market offers curated clean, locally grown food and handmade natural crafts; the market fosters close relationships between local farmers and customers, and also educational programs.
For the 2015 season, customers can expect to find their favorite local farmers offering the freshest and cleanest local produce, goat milk and cheese, cold-pressed non GMO oils, grass-fed meats, and free-range eggs, all grown with care by the very farmers who are selling them.
Also available will be artisanal baked goods, including vegan and gluten-free items, jams and jellies, handcrafted soaps and personal care items. Visitors will also find fiber goods, items for the home and jewelry, all hand-made by the vendors who sell them.
There are free nature-based children's activities weekly, a community compost bin, a demonstration garden, and frequent visits by farm animals. A Market Co-op offers market customers monthly classes on topics such as home canning, rain barrels and essential oils.
ABAC's 'GEE HAW WHOA BACK' RODEO RIDES IN THIS WEEKEND
The Professional Cowboy Association-sanctioned Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo is back today and Saturday (April 10 and 11) at the ABAC Arena at 7:30 each night as a part of Homecoming Week at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The rodeo includes saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, break-away roping and barrel racing.
Tickets must be purchased separately each night. For information on the 2015 ABAC Homecoming activities or to sign up for a particular event, go to www.abac.edu/homecoming or call 229-391-4900.
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The Georgia Pecan Growers Association is partnering with Schwinn Bicycles for the biggest cross-promotional partnership in the history of Georgia pecans.The alliance runs through Sept. 30, with monthly giveaways of Schwinn bicycles, helmets, locks and Georgia pecans.
The promotion kicked off this month -- April is National Pecan Month -- and continues into May, which is National Bike Month. Monthly prize drawings will occur all summer and into September as well.
"Pecans are one of the healthiest products at the grocery store today," said Brad Ellis, president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association.
"Pecans are high in antioxidants and are heart healthy. We promote a healthy lifestyle, and that's why aligning Georgia Pecans with Schwinn is a fantastic fit. With Georgia being the No. 1 pecan state in the U.S. and Schwinn being the No. 1 bike brand, this partnership couples two tremendous brands."
"Good health is all about exercise and nutrition, and Schwinn bicycles provide the exercise, while Georgia pecans provide the good-for-you nutrition solution," said Milissa Rick, global director of Consumer Activation, Schwinn. "Bicycling is a sport for people of all ages - young, old, male, female, serious athletes, and weekend warriors."
The Georgia Pecans/Schwinn Sweepstakes will be promoted in a variety of ways, including on video screens in New York's Times Square. Support will include print advertising, on-pack stickers on pecan packages, social media and Schwinn cross-promotional support. The promotion will also be heavily supported by the Georgia Grown campaign, which represents the statewide interests of Georgia agriculture.
Consumers may enter the Georgia Pecans/Schwinn Sweepstakes by visiting www.georgiapecan.org
FRUIT, VEGETABLE GLEANING THIS WEEKEND FOR LOCAL GROUPS
The Society of St. Andrew will be gleaning strawberries at a farm in Chula from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today for local agencies.
On Saturday, April 11, volunteers will be gleaning broccoli in a farm field off U.S. Highway 82 west of town from 9:a.m.-1 p.m.
Times are dependent upon weather conditions; volunteers are not required to stay the whole time. The food is donated to food banks, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and needy individuals.
For details and directions, call program coordinator Sandi Newman at 229-386-5800.
SOCCER FOR LITERACY
MINI-TOURNEY AIDS LITERACY VOLUNTEERS' ENGLISH INSTRUCTION
Soccer teams of various ages will compete for bragging rights Sunday, April 19, in the fourth annual Soccer for Literacy tournament to benefit English language instruction programs of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County.
Co-sponsored by LVTTC, the Tiftarea YMCA, and the Hispanic Soccer League, the tourney will pit soccer teams against each other to raise money for classes and materials. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the YMCA soccer fields and include teams for men, women, and children from ages 6 and up.
"This event has been a tremendous success each year, so we are making it a regular part of our fundraising plan," said Dr. John Hamm, Soccer for Literacy chairman. "We've moved it from the heat of July to cooler weather in April."
Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County work with Moultrie Technical College-Tifton Campus to provide three English Language classes at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church. Hamm and Luz Marti are board members and the principal volunteers with the program.
Francisco "Pajaro" Perez with the Hispanic Soccer League is recruiting soccer teams and organizing logistics of the event, while the YMCA is providing the fields and a bouncy house. LVTTC is organizing food vendors, recruiting sponsors and promoting the event. Perez may be reached at 229-256-9541.
"We expect to have a really great family event," said Bonnie Sayles, LVTTC director. Multiple food vendors will sell authentic Hispanic food, hotdogs, fruit and other delicious treats. Attendance is free.
"Tiftarea Y is proud to collaborate with Literacy Volunteers in the soccer tournament," said Darian Peavy, director of the Tiftarea YMCA. "We encourage everyone to come out and support this event while enjoying quality time with their families."
Sponsorships are still available. "A full sponsorship is $200, but we appreciate any and all donations," Sayles said. Call 229-391-2527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
MUSEUM HONORS LOCAL SCIENTISTS WITH EXHIBIT
The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage on Love Avenue is opening an exhibit, "Tifton Scientists Impacting the World," on Saturday, April 11, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
The exhibit features photos, videos, text and artifacts honoring the accomplishments and history of the UGA/Tifton Coastal Plain Experiment Station. Admission is free.
For nearly 100 years, the work of the scientists at the UGA Tifton Coastal Plain Experiment Station has affected both land and lives locally and across the globe. The museum will honor 11 individuals for their work, along with eight teams of scientists.
Many of the scientists will be present at the opening reception, which will include refreshments and music by scientist/fiddler Albert Culbreath. The exhibit continues through May 3, and is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 1 -5 p.m.; Thursdays, 1-7 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-3 p.m.
The 11 featured scientists are
Glen Burton, James Shepherd, Byron Southwell, "Cowboy" Stephens, Homer Wells, Wayne Hanna, W.T. Brightwell, Peggy Ozias Akins, Albert Culbreath, Joe Lewis and
For information, contact Syd Blackmarr, 387-5657; or Jeannie Rigdon, 382-5083.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 10
- ABAC Homecoming Parade, 2 p.m., ABAC campus, Tifton
- ABAC Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, 6 p.m., Gressette Gym, Tifton
- Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., ABAC Rodeo Arena, Tifton
SUNDAY, APRIL 11
- Run for the Nurses, 5k run, 7:30 a.m., Athletic Center, ABAC
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga.Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Folklife Festival, 9 a.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Tifton Scientists Impacting the World exhibit, opening reception, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
- "Broadway and Bubbly," 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
- Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., ABAC Rodeo Arena, Tifton
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Eula M. McMillan, 89, Ocilla
Lyn Tucker, 57, Sparks
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Hoyt Daniel Pope, 75, Irwinville
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Betty Brown Smith, 80, Warwick
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Millard J. Smith, 76, Tifton
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James Bernard "Jim" Skinner, 92, Tifton
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