The 22nd annual Rodeo was hosted by Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club in Blue Ridge, GA Friday and Saturday night at the Blue Ride Fairgrounds.
Friday and Saturday night brought in a swarm of locals and tourists alike totaling at 2400+ attendees.
The Rodeo brings out the family fun for everyone as they provide booths for people to walk around and visit, donkey rides for children, mechanical bull riding for those that wish to feel like a cowboy and great rodeo food.
Tammy McFarland, Kiwanis Club host explained, “This is really all for and all about the kids. All proceeds we make go back to our children. Each booth and table that is here during the rodeo is sponsored apart from children-centered organizations like the Boy and Girls Club, 4-H club, and Girl Scouts. A lot of funds come through sponsorships and we get to put that right back into our community.”
Between each rodeo event like bareback riding, cattle roping (men), cattle roping (wom en), barrel racing and bull riding there were community-centered activities like the calf scramble.
The children in the audience were invited to play in the calf scramble by two groups between the ages of 7-12. The goal of the game was to bring the tag from the tail of the calf to the rodeo entertainer for the night, Porkchop, also known as Garrett.
There was even a calf scrambling contest for the ladies in the audience but with a more interesting challenge. The winner of women’s calf-scrambling challenge would be the person who brought flag back to Porkchop, not the woman who caught the flag off the calf.
This made for an entertaining game as a ‘flag fight’ broke out in the middle of the arena and resulted in a woman-pile as they each fought for the flag. Eventually, after much laughter from the audience, Porkchop broke up the girl-fight and the ladies walked about to their seats in the audience.
In the end, fun was had by all, as teens walked the field with their friends laughing and eating, children pulled on their parents’ hands as they stared wide-eyed at the mechanical bull begging to ride.
All the while, the proceeds from this event go right back into the Fannin community through groups like Fannin County Literacy Action Group, the 4-H Club, Fannin County High School Marching Band, and many, many others.
To the editor:
On behalf of the Fannin County Public Library, I would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to the patrons, volunteers, organizations, performers, and community supporters who helped make our annual summer reading program so successful this year.
This year, we had 158 kids, 34 teens, and 31 adults participate in our reading program. We challenge our younger participants to read at least twenty books in the summer, and this year, the children logged over 2,500 books! The summer reading program ran for a total of seven weeks, and during that time, we held 21 free, family-oriented programs that were attended by over 1,000 people.
And none of this would have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of organizations in the community. In particular, we would like to thank the Fannin County Friends of the Library for volunteering at some of our events and providing the funds to hire professional entertainers. Many thanks also to the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge for letting us use their Youth and Activity Center for some of our larger events. Thank you to Tina Rice of Tina’s Tie-Dye and Dawn Davis for volunteering their time to lead programs at the library. Thank you to Pizza Hut of Blue Ridge for donating some reading rewards for the children to completed our reading challenge. And, thank you to the Fannin County Fire Department for helping us host our end-of-summer Family Fun Night. We so appreciate your donation of time and resources to make that event possible. To all of our other volunteers, who gave of their time this summer to help us host the summer reading program, we appreciate you more than we can say.
And finally, we are tremendously grateful to our patrons for registering their children, teens, or themselves for our program. Thank you for bringing your kids to our events, encouraging them to love reading, volunteering at a moment’s notice, and generally supporting your local library. We create these programs for you and your children, and we love to see people enjoying them. If you’re curious about upcoming events at the Fannin County Public LIbrary, please visit our website at www.mountainregionallibrary.org or follow us on Facebook for updates.
See you at the library!
Fannin County Public Library
Beginning July 10th, pink and blue paper buses will be on display at various locations in the county (think paper angels at Christmas) with school supplies attached so that people can sponsor students in our area that are not able to afford the necessary supplies. Supplies (with bus attached) can be returned to United Community Bank in Blue Ridge, West Fannin Elementary School, or Fannin County Middle School by July 24th. Let’s “Stuff The Bus” for the kids in Fannin County!
Our Transportation Department will have a bus parked at United Community Bank in Blue Ridge throughout the event.
So far the businesses that will have paper bus displays are:
United Community Bank – Blue Ridge
Silks For Less
Appalachian CASA is pleased to recognize Catherine Sugg as Court Appointed Special Advocate of the Year for 2016.
Catherine Sugg has been with CASA of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit going on three years where she has zealously served as advocate for eight cases, serving seventeen children!
As a retired career professional with a Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology, Catherine impacts the lives of others with encouragement and enthusiasm. Professionalism, regard to detail, weighing out situations before reacting are just a few attributes Catherine possesses. Other attributes that come to mind are Catherine’s willingness to give of her time and to make a difference to the people she meets. She is kind, calm, compassionate, patient and has a heart for not just children, but all people that come into her life. Keeping all parties well informed is part of her normal routine in the diligent effort she gives on all of her cases.
Keeping timelines in mind, she makes sure that court orders are followed and if not, brings it back to the attention of the court. Many new CASAs sit next to Catherine in court as she is viewed as a mentor to others.
She serves as Fannin County Family Connections Chair and is recognized as a leader in her community; and is respected for her ability to develop, implement, and evaluate the needs and challenges facing Georgia’s children and families.
She is our number one recruiter for new volunteers…she knows how to ‘tell the CASA story’ with sincerity and urgency. As an adoptive mother of five, she has a personal interest in ‘all children having a safe, loving and permanent home’!
Congratulations Catherine for all you do!
You can join Catherine as CASA Volunteer. CASA of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit is looking for volunteers who would be willing to take on the task of representing abused and neglected children who have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused and do not have anyone that will look after their best interest as the court determines what is best for the child. In this Judicial Circuit, the number of new cases entering the system has continued to increase, thus creating a need for more CASA Volunteers. If you are interested in finding out more about our program and how to become a CASA volunteer, contact our Advocacy Coordinator, Melanie Davis at 706.515.2700 or via email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucas Roof, Principal of West Fannin Elementary School, let us know of a special visit to the school. It was a spur of the moment visit November 18th from the gold squad of firefighters who came to West Fannin Elementary School with an engine.
They arrived at 9:00 and spoke to the 2nd grade, which worked perfectly because it was 2nd grade’s activity time. This was a special opportunity for the kids to interact with the firefighters who have been fighting the wildfires!
Also, Mr. Sexton had the students in the art room make a “Thank You poster” for the firefighters.
Finally, the 4th grade students worked hard making pies for the firefighters which were made with ingredients grown on WFES soil! They were able to deliver these to the firefighters.
A wonderful Home Warming was held at the Craddock Center on Thursday, April 30th 2015. (more…)