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Watermelon festival

Get ready to do the Tom Watson Watermelon Crawl.

The Tom Watson Watermelon Festival is slated from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Watson-Brown headquarters on Tom Watson Way.

Activities for the day include a blessing of the watermelons, performances by the Georgia Gospel Eagles and the Horizon Ban, seed-spitting contest, watermelon roll, watermelon competition and other. The event will be capped off by cutting and eating some of the specimen.

"People seem to be getting excited," said Watson Brown Executive Director Mary Ann Coussons.

One other attraction for the day will a display featuring an original Tom Watson watermelon chopping contraption -- which was used to remove seeds from watermelons. The machine was recently pulled out of an old Watson-family barn.

"It's a real curiosity, probably the only one in the whole world," said Glenn Wilson.

Golf tourney coming

The Southeastern Junior Golf Tour is bringing more than 70 players to Belle Meade Country Club this weekend.

The event will be Saturday and Sunday at the 18-hole course north of Interstate 20.

"This is probably something we need to do more of," said Forward McDuffie Executive Director Don Powers. "This is a first-class group."

He said the event will provide nearly 200 paid golf rounds for the course and customers for many local businesses.

"This a good way to make sure everybody wins," he said.

Thomson's Taste of Fall

The Thomson-McDuffie County American Heart Association wants you to get a taste of Thomson.

The group is sponsoring Thomson's Taste of Fall -- an event featuring a cross-section of food from some of McDuffie County's restaurants.

The Taste of Fall is being planned for Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Thomson Depot.

Tickets for the event will be sold in advance and at the door and all proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

Currently, organizers are looking for restaurateurs and cooks to participate. For more information, call Karl Greene at 597-5243 or Carolyn Gilbert at 597-1000. The registration deadline is Aug. 26.

Rail spur delayed

A rail spur planned to help Thomson Plastics has been put on hold because of cost concerns. The McDuffie County Industrial Development Authority purchased the land necessary and gave Thomson Plastics the rights to construct the spur on the property.

The high cost of constructing the spur off of the passing lane forced Thomson Plastics to put the project on the back burner for the time being. No plans have been made for constructing the spur yet.



Web posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004


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