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Long County marks Earth Day for first time
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Men on hand enjoyed the car show at the celebration. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI -- Long County had its first Earth Day celebration May 3, and around 250 people came out to enjoy the festivities.
The event, organized by the Long County Code Enforcement Office, kicked off at 10 a.m. on McQueen Street and lasted until 2 p.m.
The theme was Lets Make a Tidal Wave to Keep Long County Beautiful, and there was free activities and entertainment for people of all ages.
"This is good, it gives the kids something to do, and also teaches them about how important the Earth is. I also thought it was well organized," said Kenyatta Jones, who was out there with her daughter Trina, 6, and son, Kofia, 10.
Activities included a car show, a chalk art contest, an inflatable slide and bounce room, and numerous exhibits informing people about conservation.
There also were free drawings for gifts which included T-shirts, gift certificates, a CD player, and a baseball which had been signed by Toronto Blue Jay pitcher Dustin McGowan.
Everyone who attended received a gift bag, with a bracelet, coloring book, a necklace, and information on how to protect the Earth.
If anyone got hungry, there were hamburgers and hotdogs available from the Long County 4-H Club.
Local emergency responders including the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department, Fort Stewart Fire Department, Hinesville Fire Department, Jesup Police Department, and the Emergency Assistance Team all had presentations, including a fire safety house and a automobile rollover simulator.
Others present included the Georgia Department of Forestry, Georgia Power and the Department of Natural Resources. The Ludowici Police Department provided security for the day.
"The Singing Firefighter" Terry Satterfield provided musical entertainment throughout the day and helped give out prizes.
"I think all the kids had a good time, and enjoyed everything, as they learned about our Earth and how to take care of it," LCCEO deputy code enforcement officer Carol Brady said.
Frank McClelland said, "For us having this for the first time, I think there was a great turnout. I like days like this, because it brings the entire community together."
Sponsors for the day included The Heritage Bank, the Ludowici Bank, Coastal Georgia RC&D Council and South Georgia Monument Co.
Michelle Poppell, who planned and organized the day said, "I was glad to see the community and its leaders come out. Everyone seemed to have a great time, especially the kids."
She added, "I appreciate all the support we got from the different businesses, the departments which put up their displays, and Terry (Satterfield) who gave up his Saturday to come out and sing for us."
She said there will be a Community Challenge Cleanup day on May 17.  Anyone interested in helping, can meet at the Long County Courthouse at 8 a.m., or they can call 876-3683 for more information.
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