The 67th-annual Madison County Agricultural Fair is set to open Sept. 22 at the Comer Lions Club fairgrounds in Comer.
The fair begins Tuesday, Sept. 22, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 26. Gates open nightly at 6 p.m. with a children’s matinee to be held Saturday noon – 4 p.m. (Gates will re-open at 6 p.m.)
The nightly gate price is $4 for ages 6 and over; 5 and under are admitted free.
There is a $1 admission price for the Saturday matinee, with free admission to kids 15 years old and under.
The James Gang will be back in town providing rides and games on the midway for young and old alike. Unlimited rides are available for $15 Tuesday, Thursday evening and for the Saturday matinee; unlimited rides are $18 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Prizes will be given away each night at 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) and at the end of the Saturday matinee at 4 p.m., but you must be present to win, fair officials said. To enter the drawing, deposit your gate ticket in the barrel under the shelter.
Prizes to be offered are as follows: Tuesday – outdoor grill; Wednesday – microwave oven; Thursday – a name brand weed eater and leaf blower; Friday (11 p.m.) – a $500 Kroger gift card; Saturday (4 p.m.) –two bicycles and Saturday (11 p.m.) - a large flat screen TV with entertainment center console.
Grandstand entertainment will be provided each evening at 7 p.m. Tuesday night is “bluegrass night” with the Kitchen Pickers band and The Gipson Family; Wednesday evening the Jobe Fortner Band will perform; Thursday night features The Songsters, followed by local favorite Jeremy Duggins; Friday evening the Nothing Nu Band will play 50s, 60s and 70s music and Saturday night the Sons of Sailors, billed as the “Southeast’s premier Jimmy Buffet tribute band” will finish off the fair for another year.
Livestock shows will be held nightly beginning at 7 p.m. as follows: swine show (Tuesday), local goat show competition (Wednesday), a dairy cow competition (Thursday) and a 4-H/FFA Northeast GA beef show competition (Friday). During the Saturday matinee a local open beef cattle show will also be held.
There will also be a kiddieland, games, exhibits of handmade arts and crafts, community club and promotional exhibits, commercial business, agricultural equipment, vendors with various wares and much more. Free parking will be provided.
An Athens man was killed in a car crash Monday afternoon on Hwy. 29 South near Colbert Grove Church Road.
Loyal Trevor Price, 39, of a Harve Mathis Road address was traveling north in his 1983 Ford F-100 when he negotiated a left-hand curve, crossed the centerline and struck a culvert on the opposite side of the road, causing the truck to vault into the air and strike a tree, according to Cpl. C.E. Parker of the Georgia State Patrol.
Madison County E-911 dispatch reported a vehicle fire immediately following the crash.
Madison County Rescue services had to extricate Price from the vehicle and he was then airlifted by helicopter from a nearby soccer field at Mize Park on Colbert Grove Church Road to Athens Regional Medical Center in critical condition and was placed on life support.
The GSP report listed Price as a fatality as of 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Also Monday, a two-vehicle wreck occurred on Hwy. 29 South at Ingles Shopping Center around 3 p.m. when a black 1997 Honda Accord driven by 19-year-old Alison Nicole Whitley, of Colbert, which was traveling north, made a left turn into the Ingles parking lot in front a 2007 Chevrolet Express Van driven by Gonazalo Gonzalez, 26, of McAlpin, FL. There were three passengers in the van.
Whitley, a front seat passenger, Timothy Kevin Kibitsky, 47, and a 14-month-old child in the backseat were all transported to ARMC with non-life threatening injuries.
No one in the van was injured, according to Cpl. Parker.
Whitley was cited with failure to yield the right of way.
Minor injuries were reported after two Madison County school buses collided near the middle school Tuesday morning.
The accident happened before school at Fortson Compton Road and Hwy. 98. Middle school students were on one bus and high school students were on the other. According to school officials, “four students and both drivers were transported by ambulance for injuries that were classified by medical personnel as minor.”
“The remaining students involved in the accident that did not complain of an injury to the emergency personnel were transported back to the school,” said Superintendent Allen McCannon in a press release Tuesday. “All of these students were checked by a nurse and all parents of these students were contacted. After being transported back to the school, certain students began to complain of a headache, being sore and other issues. Some of these students may be transported by their parents to be checked by a medical doctor.”