WARRENTON, Ga. - The big day has almost arrived.
The 14th Annual Sportsman's Festival in Warrenton this Saturday is expected to draw hundreds of avid outdoors people from throughout Georgia, as well as dozens of vendors selling various items, including lots of delicious food.
This year's event kicks off at 9 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m.
"We're hoping that this year's Sportsman's Festival is our biggest and best yet," said Cindy Rivers, who serves as events coordinator for the Warren County Chamber of Commerce. "A lot of work has gone into making this Saturday's festival the best it can be and we appreciate everyone who has helped to make that possible."
Events surrounding the Sportsman's Festival will be held along Main and South Norwood streets, as well as in the Warrenton City Park. A number of hunting and fishing vendors are expected for the event. There also will be many fun activities for children, including a carnival that will offer inflatable rides, pony rides, etc.
Smokey Bear also will make an appearance - always a crowd pleaser. Troy Brazie, a chainsaw artist from Woodstock, Ga., also will be on hand to entertain those who attend the festival.
A number of local merchants are sponsoring various events. Two such businesses include The Jewell Box and VP Racing Fuels will co-sponsor the Car Cruise-In.
The local American Legion Post will put on a pre-salute program to Veteran's Day, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the main stage.
In addition, live entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. with Thomson Praise Band. A free health fair also will be offered by the staff of Tri-County Medical at Warrenton City Hall during morning hours of the festival.
Hal Wheeler, a local businessman and part-owner of Wheeler True Value Hardware, will be conducting an "All About Guns" seminar at his business on Legion Drive at 12:30 p.m.
For more information about the Sportsman's Festival, call the Warren County Chamber of Commerce office at (706)-465-9604.