Buzzell: Home, garden show at Perry fairgrounds this weekend

April 2, 2014 

The 2014 Spring Home & Garden show will be featured this weekend at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, McGill Marketplace Building.

Hosted by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, the show is welcome weather relief offering plants, trees, shrubs, bulbs and garden art to complement the garden furnishings and porch and patio accessories.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide informed answers to questions regarding landscape or gardening including care and disease management.

The show will also have a special Children’s Corner offering workshops at no cost to learn about birds, wildlife habitat, recycling and gardening.

Show hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults. Children younger than 12 are free with an accompanying adult. Advanced tickets from club members are $4.

Additional information can be obtained by calling Diane Stephens at 478-988-8344 or Teddie Berry at 478-987-2028 or visiting

The 2014 Hawkinsville Harness Festival begins Friday with fireworks at dark, live music and the Yardbird Cook-Off. The festival continues through Saturday with a 5K/Fun Run, Barnyard Flea Market, arts and crafts show, fair food, rock wall, giant bounce house, games and, of course, the harness horse races.

All events are held at the Lawrence L. Bennett Harness Horse Training Facility, 290 Abbeville Highway at U.S. 129. Festival admission is $5 per adult, and children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free in the field, and handicap parking is available. For more information, contact the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at 478-783-1717 or email

The 26th annual Dogwood Festival will be held April 11-13 in historic downtown Perry and at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival includes an arts and crafts show, Dock Dog competition, hot air balloon rally, tethered rides and live music featuring the Swingin’ Medallions.

Also featured will be ventriloquist Cliff Patton, the 2014 Miss Dogwood Pageant, Art in the Armory, Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Shows, 5K Fun Run, Kiwanis Festival Flap Jack Fundraiser, Perry Rotary Club Fishing Tournament, Dogwood Festival Artisan Demonstration, Go Fish Kids Fishing Derby, and UR Dogwood Play at Rozar Park. Visit for complete information about the festival.

The Fort Valley State University, Warner Robins Area Alumni Chapter is offering three scholarships that must be postmarked by April 18.

The first is the Computer for Education Scholarship, which is a one-time scholarship to be awarded during fall semester. Next is the Eugene Leverson Jr. Scholarship, which is a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded equally between fall and spring semesters of the upcoming academic year.

Finally, the FVSU Warner Robins Area Alumni Scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded during the upcoming academic year. The award will be given equally between the fall and spring semesters.

Each scholarship has specific requirements for SAT, ACT and grade point average and is available only to graduating seniors from Houston County, Northside, Perry, Veterans and Warner Robins high schools.

Scholarship recipients must attend FVSU as a full-time student in the upcoming fall semester. Contact FVSU WR Alumni Chapter, Scholarship Foundation, 202 N. Davis Drive, PMB#330, Warner Robins, GA 31093.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 478-922-5100 or

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