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Wildlife Festival honors deceased volunteer
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These boys were not going to let the rain stop them from landing a prize catch in the “catfish pond.” - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Despite a persistent rain Saturday, the 28th Long County Wildlife Festival was a success.
The free event, which began at 10 a.m. included a catfish pond, arts and crafts, pony and train rides, a moon walk, face painting, a turkey shoot and musical acts.
Festival-goers, who worked up an appetite having fun, could snack on foot-long corndogs, chili, fried fish and blooming onions.
Later in the day, Terry Gordon was named Long County’s Citizen of the Year.Gordon was honored posthumously and, according to his wife Collette, he would have been grateful.
“He would have been so proud. He loved the people of Long County and he loved this county so much. He did so much for the area, and them doing this for him, is so thoughtful,” she said.
Gordon, who died in January, was the chairman of the Long County Development Authority. He also served as the minister of music for the Ludowici Church of God. Gordon was known for his rendition of “God Bless America.”
He and his wife have three children, Tara, Justin and Brandon, and four grandchildren.
Becky Fowler, one of the festival organizers, said, “This year, we have had more come out than we ever did. We passed out fliers at the school telling about the festival, and the people have been coming from everywhere.”
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