Deer Fes­ti­val kicks off Nov. 8 in Mon­ti­cello

The Covington News - - Agriculture & Outdoors -

The Mon­ti­cello – Jasper County Cham­ber of Com­merce has been gear­ing up for this year’s Deer Fes­ti­val over the past few months. The fes­ti­val, which is held on the Square in down­town Mon­ti­cello, will take place on Satur­day, Nov. 8.

The Deer Fes­ti­val kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the Deer Dash, a one-mile fun run and 5K run/walk, that is be­ing held at a new lo­ca­tion this year, Jasper County Mid­dle School. The race will take par­tic­i­pants through the rolling coun­try­side of Mon­ti­cello. Copies of the route and applications for the race can be found at the Cham­ber of Com­merce of­fice on the Square. Both chil­dren and adults are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate with awards given in each race by age group. En­try fees are $20 the day of the race. The Bank of Mon­ti­cello, McIn­tosh State Bank, Jasper Memo­rial Hospi­tal, AT&T, Cen­tral GA EMC and Per­maTherm are this year’s race spon­sors.

The pa­rade will be­gin at 2 p.m. and applications to par­tic­i­pate are cur­rently be­ing taken at the Cham­ber of Com­merce of­fice. Any­one who wants to make or en­ter a float in this year’s pa­rade is en­cour­aged to do so. Pa­rade co­or­di­na­tor is Jeff Greeson.

Arts and crafts ven­dors are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s fes­ti­val as well. There are still spots avail­able on the grass in the Square for fiber artists, wood carvers, pot­ters, weavers and painters. Each spot is $150. In­for­ma­tional booths are also avail­able to non-profit groups that would like to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with in­for­ma­tion on their ser­vices for $40. All of the food ven­dor spots have been filled pro­vid­ing for a wide va­ri­ety of con­ces­sions. A sam­pling of some of the food avail­able at the fes­ti­val in­cludes fried fish, grilled and bar­be­cued chicken, non­al­co­holic daiquiri style smooth­ies, bloom­ing onions, smoked turkey legs and deserts and sweets of all kinds.

All ven­dors for the fes­ti­val (food, craft and in­for­ma­tional) must be reg­is­tered with the Cham­ber of Com­merce to en­sure that every­one has the proper per­mits re­quired by the City of Mon­ti­cello and the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Rev­enue.

For more in­for­ma­tion on any of the ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the Deer Fes­ti­val, please con­tact Nancy Arnold Wood at the Cham­ber of Com­merce of­fice at (706) 468-8994.

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