Kent: It’s always a little sad when the fair ends

October 16, 2013 

The Georgia National Fair is over again for another year. It’s always a little bittersweet to know that it will be a year before the fair will be back. It has become such a great Middle Georgia tradition.

For me, the only bad thing about the fair is that for the past six years, I have had to go down there after it closed. Ronnie and Scotty have both had entries in the FFA competitions held in the Georgia Living Building, so we get to go prior to the opening to enter them, which is always exciting, and then after the fair to pick them up, which is always a little depressing. Some of the remnants of the fair will be visible, a sad reminder that it is over for another year.

When we went down there this past weekend to see Scotty’s projects -- and by the way, got to brag here, he won Best of Show in FFA Minibooth -- we also had the opportunity to watch Middle Georgia’s own Colby Dee perform on the fair’s main stage. I actually had the opportunity to hear her sing before -- an acoustic set -- so having the chance to see the energy and enthusiasm Dee brings to a large stage was incredible. She sang a mixture of cover songs and her own original music that she has written. Her original songs are amazing. They are just extremely well-written. Dee has that gift of country music storytelling that not only makes you appreciate the pureness of her voice but really pulls you into the words that she is singing. Before you know it, you are part of the song she is singing. Her new CD, which will include many of the songs she sang at the fair, will be out Nov. 12.

A few weeks ago, I relayed the story of Katie and Josh Holter, a young couple here in Warner Robins whose son, Wyatt, has spinal muscular atrophy -- the No. 1 genetic killer of children younger than 2. There is no treatment, and there is no cure.

Wyatt’s Wish was formed and several fundraisers have been conducted not only to help the Holters with medical bills but to help other families with children with SMA.

If you need a pumpkin to carve or to make a pie, consider going by the Wyatt’s Wish Pumpkin Patch located at the corner of Ga. 96 and Houston Lake Road. All proceeds are going to support SMA families and SMA research. The pumpkin patch is open weekdays 2-8 p.m. and weekends noon-6 p.m.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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