Lions an­nual fundraiser set for Oct. 10, 11

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The Cov­ing­ton Lions Club hopes to make their third an­nual Sher­man’s Last Burn­ing big­ger and bet­ter than ever, with mul­ti­ple events, live bands, at­trac­tions, plenty of fair-food, com­pet­ing cooks, good vit­tles and more than 100 crafts­men and ven­dors show­ing their wares.

“It’s go­ing to be very neat,” said Pres­i­dent John Braden. “We’re em­pha­siz­ing the fes­ti­val a lit­tle more than the cook­out this year.”

Last year’s event raised about $10,000 for Lions Club projects and causes, such as aid­ing the vis­ually and hear­ing im­paired, pro­vid­ing food at events such as the Dixie Boys World Se­ries and Back- 2School bash, pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships for New­ton County stu­dents and aid­ing camps for the vis­ually im­paired.

This year, with the gas short­ages, or­ga­niz­ers are con­cerned that not as many peo­ple might come out this year. Pub­lic­ity co- chair Doreen Stall­worth es­ti­mated the Lions served 8,000 plates last year.

“We’re just hop­ing for a good turnout, in light of the cri­sis go­ing on,” said Stall­worth, “ where peo­ple are want­ing to for­get that for a lit­tle bit and come out for a good time.”

Braden en­cour­aged peo­ple to car­pool to con­serve re­sources. The en­trance fee is $3, with chil­dren un­der 12 free. The Amer­i­can Le­gion Field on Mill Street, Cov­ing­ton, will be open Oct. 10 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Satur­day, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.cov­ing­ton­

Snakes almighty

A main at­trac­tion of this year’s Sher­man’s Last Burn­ing is the rep­tile show by Ja­son Clark of the South­east­ern Rep­tile Res­cue.

Clark, a li­censed rep­tile ex­hibitor who has ap­peared on WSB-TV Chan­nel 2 and at the Agri­Cen­ter in Perry, Ga., reaches out to chil­dren and adults alike to teach them about na­tive species of rep­tiles and about rep­tile res­cue and adop­tions. He has three 45- minute shows dur­ing the fes­ti­val, at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 10, and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 11.

“ It’s a very neat thing,” Braden said. “We think a lot of peo­ple come just to see this. It’s re­ally worth­while.”

Cov­ing­ton Idol

Eigh­teen hope­fuls will have a chance to sing their hearts out Satur­day, Oct. 11, 1 p.m., in the first ever Cov­ing­ton Idol.

Spec­ta­tors are in for a treat, ac­cord­ing to com­mit­tee cochair Richard Gar­ner. “Most of ( the con­tes­tants) were se­ri­ous about singing,” said Gar­ner. “There weren’t any crack­pots like on Amer­i­can Idol.”

The con­tes­tants run the agega­mut from 14 to 72 years old and the mu­sic sam­ples the judges re­ceived ranged from coun­try to oldies to rock. The judges nar­rowed the field from 24 ap­pli­cants to 15 fi­nal­ists with three al­ter­nates.

Sev­eral judges, each with a con­nec­tion to mu­sic ei­ther through pro­fes­sion or ap­pre­ci­a­tion, will score the con­tes­tants on stage pres­ence and voice qual­ity and award cash prizes and T-shirts to the top five win­ners. The over­all win­ner, along with be­com­ing the “Cov­ing­ton Idol,” will re­ceive a $250 cash prize and a record­ing ses­sion at the Star Vi­sion stu­dio in Cony­ers.

Next year, the Lions might spin off a Cov­ing­ton Idol event just for se­niors, Gar­ner said, but for this year, every­one is com­pet­ing on even ground.

Lit­tle Miss/Teen Miss/Miss Haz­zard County

The fifth an­nual pageant for the ti­tle of Lit­tle Miss, Teen Miss, and Miss Haz­zard County will be held Satur­day, Oct. 11.

The win­ners of the events will re­ceive a sash, tro­phy and crown, and all par­tic­i­pat­ing con­tes­tants will re­ceive a tro­phy as well. The ti­tle hold­ers are cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous pa­rades and func­tions through­out the year as well as the Duke­fest in June, where the ti­tle hold­ers can meet the Dukes of Haz­zard celebri­ties.

No pageant dress re­quired. Con­tes­tants can wear their fa­vorite coun­try out­fits. Boots, jeans, skirts – any­thing goes, ac­cord­ing to event or­ga­niz­ers. Ages range up to 18.

To reg­is­ter for the event, call (770) 947-3260.

Other at­trac­tions at the Sher­man’s Last Brun­ing in­clude a kid­die cor­ner with rock climb­ing, bungee jump­ing, and shows by Magic and Lew-E the Clown.

An “Iron Chef” bar­beque con­test will be held Fri­day night for the se­ri­ous chefs out there.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Can’t Quit Smokinn’ Cook Team Co-Cap­tain Mike Oliver checks on the as­sort­ment of meat scat­tered across his grill. The Can’t Quit Smokinn’ Cook Team went on to win the win 3rd place in the pork ribs cat­e­gory at Sher­man’s Last Burn­ing Bar­beque Cookoff in 2007.

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