Fast forwarding to the much-anticipated homecoming of Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, the city of Warner Robins has big plans for Nov. 14 at 10 a.m., and the public is invited. A slow-moving motorcade will make its way down Watson Boulevard from Houston Road to City Hall with bands playing (and much more) as part of the community celebration to welcome the former Miss Georgia home for a weekend visit.
Pageant dignitaries from Miss America, Miss Georgia and Miss Warner Robins, and leadership from Robins Air Force Base, the Robins Region Chamber of Commerce, elected officials and well-wishers from across the country will join Mayor Randy Toms for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Several of the state contestants who competed in this year’s Miss America pageant have even said they are coming to town to show their support.
Newly crowned Miss Georgia, Adeline Kenerly will also be attending. This is a great opportunity for well-wishers of all ages to line the Watson Boulevard route to see the motorcade and wave hello to Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who is so proud to be from Warner Robins. No street vendors will be allowed.
The celebration continues with a couple of other events open to the public that weekend sponsored by the Miss Georgia Organization. A cocktail dinner and reception (held in Columbus) will be on Nov. 13. There also will be a welcome home dinner locally Nov. 14. Information on location and tickets for both events can be found at www.missga.org or on their Facebook page.
USED BOOK SALE THIS FALL
Fall events continue to abound with a variety of great activities to fill the weekend hours.
The American Association of University Women, Houston-Peach Branch, will host its 50th annual Used Book Sale at Houston Galleria Mall in Centerville Oct. 22-24.
The sneak preview begins Oct. 22 from 5-6 p.m. with a $5 admission fee to have the first look at the many wonderful books that are available. Then from 6-9 p.m. admission is free and sales begin. The sale continues on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Oct. 24 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Admission is free those two days.
The AAUW Book Sale promises “books for everyone” on its website listing classic novels, romances, biographies, antique books, foreign language books, Westerns, mysteries, music books, books on the military, art and books in large print among the many categories available for sale. Proceeds support the purchase of books for children in local low income schools. Visit houstonpeach-ga.aauw.net or call 478-918-3666 for more details.
Marsha Priest Buzzell is the director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors’ Bureau and may be reached at 478-922-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.