The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce has begun the countdown to the 2005 Festival Off Main celebration. Decisions and plans have been finalized, and all that remains is a need for a few volunteers and more vendors. The Festival will be from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
"Things are going well, everything is falling into place," said Carolyn Gilbert, Chamber director. "We will have something for everyone, children and adults. It will be a busy day, so we are looking for volunteers. It will take a lot of people."
Joseph Greene, shown here with Thomson Mayor Bob Knox at last week's Thomson Rotary Club meeting, will be the Grand Marshall of the McDuffie County Christmas parade this year.
Dr. Joseph Greene has been chosen to be Grand Marshall of the parade, which begins at 3 p.m. Dr. Greene is a Thomson resident, a professor of Business Administration at Augusta State University, and an author. He is well-known in the area as the first African-American to be elected to the McDuffie County School Board and as president of the Augusta chapter of the Rotary Club. Dr. Greene also sits on boards of various local organizations and businesses.
"I suddenly was struck with humility," Dr. Greene said. "When I consider all the fine citizens in our community, to think that they chose me, I am just humbled."
The 5K Depot Dash will begin at 9 a.m. at the Journal Street parking lot, one block north of the railroad tracks on Hwy. 17 in Thomson. Registration before Wednesday, Nov. 23 is $15, and on race day is $20. Registration fee includes a sausage biscuit breakfast and long-sleeve t-shirt to the first 200 applicants. First, second, and third place awards will be given in five-year age categories from 10-80+ years, as well as cash prizes to the top overall winners.
Food vendors, arts and crafts and antique dealers, and local artists will be available for holiday shoppers. Entertainment will go on throughout the day. Santa will listen to children's wishes, and inflatables and carnival rides will keep them amused. The Tree Lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m.
Sponsors of the Festival are Thomson Plastics, The Wilson Company, Anthony Auto, Jefferson Energy, The McDuffie Mirror, Cushman's Paint and Body, Curtis Funeral Home, McDuffie County Tourism and the City of Thomson.
For more information or registration forms, call the Chamber of Commerce at 597-1000, or visit the website at www.festivaloffmain.org.