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Organizers hope 2008 Emu Fest will be bigger, better than past events

The third annual Emu Fest will have area youth hopping this Saturday at the Old Frontier. Chris Smith, the chairman of the board of directors for the Old Frontier, said this year's fest will be bigger and better.

"The slip and slide is bigger and there's more churches that have gotten plugged in to bring their youth," Mr. Smith said. "The whole idea is to reach one more for Jesus, and to not let anybody fall through the cracks, but to let them come have a free, fun-filled day."

The event lasts from 1 until 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23. In addition to the giant slip and slide, there will be a dunking booth, a volleyball tournament, local bands playing all day long and free food and drinks.

"We want to be able to share the love of Jesus through fun activities and games," Mr. Smith said.

Delivering the message will be special speaker Nate Carr, a former Olympic wrestler who earned a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympic games. He currently lives in Jones County, Ga. where he works as a minister, a wrestling coach for Jones County High school and a commentator for Real Pro Wrestling on the PAX network.

Mr. Smith said he has never heard Mr. Carr speak before, but received his name via channels of communication with people he knows.

"So, the Lord used a lot of people to get Nate Carr to us this week. It was just wild. I talked to Nate yesterday, and he's excited about being here, and we're trying to get every teenager in this community to be here," he said.

The Old Frontier is located on Old Milledgeville Road off of the Wrens Highway just outside of Thomson. For more information, call 706-533-2544 or email

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