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Tales from the Altamaha Chapter 11 ‘Round the Bend

Listen…can you hear it? The rustle of the wind in the trees, birds chirping in flight and the waters of the Altamaha? It’s calling, calling…and once again you will have the opportunity to be transported back to a time when Southern traditions were just being forged. This award-winning Georgia folk-life play takes the stage for its 11th anniversary production created from the writings of Colonel T. Ross Sharpe. Join the cast and the River Rat Review Band, a local bluegrass favorite, as they share the stories of the colorful characters from the past, our regional settlers of the five-county area around the Altamaha River.  Come experience their lives, loves, losses, scandals and just plain ol’ gossip.

  • April 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 2015, check website for specific show times
  • The Blue Marquee Theater in Historic Downtown Lyons
  • Ticket prices range $10-$20
  • For more information, call 912-526-6445 or email bhtlyons@nctv.com

Little Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant

Every girl wants to feel and dress like a princess and this event was created to provide a platform for our young female citizens to do just that as well as promote poise and positive self-esteem.  Good sportsmanship is a must along with age-appropriateness in hair, make-up and dress.  Categories for ages 3-12. Sponsored by American Business Women’s Association.

  • Saturday, April 11th;  10 a.m.
  • Southeastern Technical College on Highway 280 in Vidalia
  • Open to the public; $5 tickets sold at the door
  • For more info call Ashley Fox 912-293-8248 or email at afox@mclaincalhoun.com or call Angela Cook 912-583-4364
  • 2015 Little Miss Application

 Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant

This pageant for teens and young ladies promotes community service and academic excellence in addition to poise and positive self-esteem.  Prizes include crown, banner, trophy, flowers, the Sandra Way $1,000 educational grant and opportunities to participate in various activities including the Vidalia Christmas Parade.  The winner will make appearances throughout the Vidalia Onion Festival.  Categories include Junior Miss Vidalia Onion (ages 13-16) and Miss Vidalia Onion (ages 17-22). Sponsored by American Business Women’s Association.

  • Saturday, April 11th;  7 p.m.
  • Southeastern Technical College on Highway 280 in Vidalia
  • Open to the public; $6 tickets sold at the door
  • For more info call Ashley Fox 912-293-8248 or email at afox@mclaincalhoun.com or call Angela Cook 912-583-4364
  • 2015 Junior Miss Application
  • 2015 Miss VIdalia Application

Fourth Annual Onion Invitational Youth Boys’ Baseball Tournament

Celebrating the All American pastime while challenging skill and sportsmanship, this tournament is sponsored by the Vidalia Recreation Department for boys in three divisions: 11-12, 9-10, and 8 & under. Champion and runner-up t-shirts are awarded to 1st and 2nd place teams. Team trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.  Individual trophies are awarded to 1st and 2nd.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • Ed Smith Complex, between Highway 280 East and Highway 292 East in Vidalia
  • Entry fee is $200
  • Phone  912-537-7913
  • Applications may be picked up at the Vidalia Recreation Department
  • Youth Baseball Registration Form

Vidalia Onion Culinary Extravaganza

Georgia artist Mark Ballard will showcase his culinary expertise, wit, comedy, and decorating styles with our “Sweet Vidalia Onions.” There will be door prizes, goody bags for the first 125 participants, and vendors in the lobby one hour prior to the show.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 show starts at 6 p.m.
  • Southeastern Technical College, Highway 280 in Vidalia
  • Tickets: General $10; Reserved Seating $15 NOTE: Reserved seating tickets must be purchased by April 14
  • Tickets available for purchase beginning April 1 at Phillips Pharmacy and Merle Norman in Vidalia or by calling Jan or Lindi
  • For more information, call 912-293-2407 (Jan) or 912-293-3630 (Lindi)

 

Carnival

This glittering galaxy of spectacular state fair amusement rides and attractions by Gold Medal Carnival is a mobile family fun fair and theme park for all ages.  Enjoy thrills, pure fun and wholesome entertainment and memories.

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Kiwanis Fair Grounds
  • Unlimited-ride wristbands are available for Wednesday and Thursday at Vidalia Onion Museum and Carnival Ticket Office
  • Free parking Wednesday through Sunday
  • Website

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