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Fall festival canceled, community activities planned

Although there won’t be a festival downtown, families in the area will still have an array of entertainment options this fall.

The Downtown Development Authority opted a few weeks ago to cancel the annual fall festival, citing concerns related to the Delta variant of coronavirus. The decision, according to Chairman Gary Mason, was a tough one but necessary nonetheless to keep the public safe as COVID cases were continuing to trend at the time.

Last week, the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce gleaned information from churches, towns, businesses, and other organizations in an attempt to let citizens know what events are still on. This information has been compiled for chronological presentation below.

Dellwood Baptist will hold its fall festival on October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Mojo’s Xpress Wash will welcome the public on four different occasions for its “Haunted Tunnel.” Beginning at 8 p.m. and running until midnight on October 22, October 23, October 29, and October 30, patrons can ride through a scary exhibit and come out with a clean car for just $25 per vehicle entry.

Hawhammock Baptist Church will hold Judgement House on October 24, October 27, October 30, and October 31. Reservations are recommended; to make one, call 478-455-4687.

Several more activities will be happening on October 30. Calvary United Methodist’s fall festival will run from 2 to 4 p.m., and Emanuel County 4-H will sponsor a trunk-or-treat at the Varner 4-H Clubhouse from 4 to 6 p.m. Downtown Stillmore will hold a trunk-or-treat as well from 5 to 7 p.m., and Twin City will hold its “Scary Town” event from 5 to 7 p.m.

October 31 will feature four events: Swainsboro First Baptist’s fall festival from 4 to 6 p.m., Eastwood Church of God’s fall festival from 5 to 7 p.m., the City of Adrian’s trunk-or-treat from 5 to 7 p.m., and Jesus Saves Church’s fall festival from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Rounding out the list of activities is a fall festival at Mount Shady Baptist beginning at 4 p.m.

Additionally, Mason would like to take this opportunity to let the public know that plans are underway to organize this year’s downtown Christmas festivities, anticipating the threat of coronavirus will be better at that time. The DDA will hold a formal planning meeting on October 20 with more information to follow after that.

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