2018-09-12 / Front Page

45th annual Fair-on-the-Square set for Oct. 6th

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Mark your calendars! It’s that time again- time for the 45th annual Fair-on-the-Square. The annual event is set for Saturday, Oct. 6th, on the lawn of the Jenkins County Courthouse.

The Fair traditionally features a variety of arts and crafts booths, food booths, a parade through downtown Millen, and provides an excellent opportunity for local crafters to display their wares. This year’s event will be no different with a number of local favorites returning again.

Charles White of Appling has been offering his leather belts, which can be monogrammed, at the Fair for 30+ years and says he is so busy that he usually sets up his booth on the Friday before the Fair to accommodate customers. Those who might want to place orders ahead of time may contact him on Facebook through Geppetto Leathers. Mr. White also noted that Art Johnson, former Main Street Millen manager, was his English teacher in Evans and that it has been good to see her at the Fair every year.

J & P’s Sweet Treats has been a regular vendor at the Fair for 10+ years, offering Italian Ice, lemonade and sweet tea to Fair attendees. James and Jewel Lanier say the Fair is one of their best events and they look forward to participating every year.

The Millen Lions Club has also been a longtime vendor, offering its brooms and mops for purchase and will have a booth at the Fair again this year. The cost of brooms and mops range from $9-$3.50. The club will also be accepting donation of old eyeglasses at this time.

Jenkins County K-911 animal rescue group will conduct fundraising activities during the Fair. Slush puppies will be available for purchase at its food booth. The non-profit organization is also conducting a Cheesecake Raffle. The winner will receive one cheesecake per month for 12 months. Honey Catering is generously donating the cakes. The raffle will be held at 2 p.m. during the Fair. To purchase $10 tickets, call or text Sandra Sherrod, 912-541-1733; Faye Lynn White, 706-871-1796; or Celess Deal, 912-531-2513.

Vendor applications are still available and those interested in participating can pick up an application at the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce office on Cotton Avenue or apply online at http://www.jenkinscountyga.com/chamber-benefits.php and pay with a credit card. Food booths are $50 and craft booths are $35.

The Fair-on-the-Square has a long history with its beginnings in 1973 as a project of the Joy Circle of Millen United Methodist Church. After, 32 years of sponsoring the successful community event, the Joy Circle handed the reins for the project over to Millen Better Hometown, now Main Street Millen, in 2005. Main Street Millen continues to sponsor the event annually.

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