the Sandy Creek band on Thursday, the Time Travelers on Friday and the fair will conclude with Southern Influence performing on Saturday. All entertainment runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
All proceeds from the fair go to the Social Circle City Schools Scholarship Fund, which awards between $5,000-6,000 in scholarships each year. The Rotary has also donated more than $10,000 this year to helping teachers afford supplies, and proceeds from the fair will also go towards these funds.
The fair began seven years ago when Rotarian Norm Dillon was looking for a way for the Rotary to make a contribution to Social Circle.
“I was driving down I20,” Dillon said, “and I saw the McNair set-up in Conyers. The idea stuck with me, and I pulled over. I found an older gentleman sitting on a golf cart — it was Hugh McNair.”
Initially, McNair wasn’t sure Social Circle would draw any sort of crowd. It actually wasn’t until later, when Dillon spoke to McNair’s daughter, Lisa, that the idea would become a reality.
“’Why didn’t I think of that,’” Dillon recalls Lisa saying. “She thought of the Blue Willow, and decided Social Circle was a great place for a fair.”
After one year of planning, the first Social Circle fair opened to the public in 2003. It was a smash success, and, according to Dillon, Hugh McNair con- tacted him again and offered a several-year contract to return.
“McNair has made it so easy,” Dillon said. “It’s a really good partnership.”
The Social Circle Rotary, 21 members strong, all work together to make the fair possible — even though it was Dillon, dubbed “Mr. Persistent” by his fellow Rotarians - who truly brought it all together.
“It’s a team effort,” Dillon said, “We’ve done a really good job with it, and we’re really looking forward to it this year.”