TIFTON - If you have a treasured quilt made by Great-Aunt Sarah or a pantry full of jellies and jams you canned yourself, the Georgia Agrirama's Labor Day County Fair of 1896 may be just the chance you need to show them off.

The annual fair, planned Monday, Sept. 3, will feature a display of handmade quilts at Town Meeting Hall as well as a "big huge vegetable display," Sherry Miley of the Agrirama said.

"We invite the public to bring things to display, if they have a family heirloom quilt or something they've canned. We'll have all the fresh fruits and vegetables in a pyramid behind the train depot, and a lot of local supermarkets and produce growers donate vegetables for the display. We have a lot of individuals who bring vegetables, too. And we'll have the canned goods all around the pyramid."

Other activities planned at the fair include performances by gospel groups and cloggers as well as traditional South Georgia games.

"We'll have a mule-driving contest, our annual hog-calling contest, a pie-eating contest and the greased pole contest where you put money on top of the pole and they have to climb up and get it," said Miley.

"There will be sack races, a fire brigade drill, an egg relay and a cake walk. The cake walk is where you walk around in circles on the stage. We'll have drawn squares with numbers in them in chalk, and they play music and then when the music stops you have to stay on the circle where you were, the emcee pulls a number out of the hat and that's what cake you get. They'll have numbers on the cakes, so you see the cake you want before you start."

Gospel groups The Gospel Four and the Glory Bound Singers will perform at the Opry Stage, along with the Flat Creek Cloggers and the Crossroad Cloggers.

The cloggers will also return to the Agrirama Sept. 15 for a clogging hoedown. "They're are wonderful," Miley said. "It's like watching a professional show instead of the old-fashioned clogging. They put on a different skit with every song, and it's very enjoyable."

Admission at the Agrirama is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 and older and $4 for children 4 to 18. Children younger than 3 are admitted free.

Labor Day hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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