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Wildlife Festival lures crowd
Festival-goers line up for some target practice. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
A cool front coming into the area and plenty of sunshine proved perfect weather for the 2007 Long County Wildlife Festival.
People came out by the droves to enjoy the activities and fellowship with one another.
“I come out here with my son, his wife and my grandkids, Sean and Cole,” Hinesville resident Barbara Archambault said. “It has been a perfect day and we are having a great time.”
Archanbault wasn’t the only one having a good time as more than 2,500 people attended the event.
Seventh grader Lauren Young and her friend, sixth-grader Elara Ayala, were all smiles as they patiently waited on the pig chase.
“That’s my favorite part of the day,” Young said, “It’s so funny watching everyone catch the pigs. I’m going to do it.”
This year’s event had more than 70 booths set up, featuring crafts, T-shirts, cakewalks, hair painting, beads and NASCAR memorabilia, just name a few. There was also plenty of food.
Whether festival-goers wanted boiled peanuts, funnel cakes, sausage dogs, steak sandwiches, or plain old hamburgers and hot dogs, there was a booth to find the desired entrée.
There was also a variety of entertainment, including dancing, country, gospel, pop and even a little Elvis Presley music.
Deotha Johnson received the Long County’s Citizen of the Year award for her outstanding service in the community. Johnson is the deputy registrar for Long County and a member of the St. James Missionary Baptist Church. She and her husband, Willie F. Johnson, have been married to 61 years.
Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Assistant Chief Andy Mock was working at the turkey shoot and he summed up the day by saying, “It is a beautiful day and it has been a great day. I think this is one of the best we’ve ever had.”
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