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Car show, chicken show on upcoming events calender

It'll be something old and something new this spring and summer for McDuffie County event-goers.

From noon until 5 p.m. on May 15, the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce will hold a vintage car show outside the Thomson Depot as a way to attract attention to the downtown area.

"We're thinking about in terms of Destination: Downtown. It's all about making things happen in downtown Thomson," said Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert. "It's going to be old cars, trucks and motorcycles. We'll have a DJ playing oldies music, and we'll have food vendors set up. It's going to be an opportunity to come see the cars, eat, listen to music, mingle and enjoy a nice afternoon."

Mrs. Gilbert said that sponsors and door prizes, as well as entries, for the show are still needed. The cost for entries will be $20 at the show and $15 in advance. The event will be free to the public.

While just the first car show will be held this year, the CSRA Poultry Show has been around a little longer.

On March 20, the show will again be held at the Thomson fairgrounds for close to its 40th year in a row.

"People come from all over -- Ohio, Florida, just everywhere where they have different varieties of chickens that they show. ... It's a big thing," said one of the event's organizers, Debbie Lokey.

Judges will be on hand to award trophies and prizes. Mrs. Lokey estimated that anywhere from 800 to 900 birds will be on display at the show.

"A number of people that show chickens will bring extras because they do a lot of swapping amongst themselves, or somebody will call them and know that they're coming to town, and they'll know they want a certain breed," she said.

Mrs. Lokey said that while the majority of chickens are there only to be shown, there will be some available for purchase.

"They will have sale cages," she said. "They have people that set up outside that are selling chickens, then inside it's just the show."

The show is put on by the CSRA Poultry Club and is free for the public. It will begin at 9 a.m.



Web posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004


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