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Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6

Free Teen Driving Course This Saturday

Free Teen Driving Course This Saturday

The Macon Kiwanis Club will be hosting a Teen Driving Road-eo on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Hutchings Career Center, 2004 Riverside Drive, Macon. This free event is open to middle Georgia teens ages 15 and 16 who have a driver’s license or learner’s permit. It will teach participants driving maneuverability skills through a series of interactive learning stations.

Other highlights will include defensive driving with a skid car, a Jaws of Life demo, and a rollover simulator. Sponsors of this event include: The Georgia Public Safety Training Center, the Georgia State Patrol, the Macon Police, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, GEICO Insurance, Davis-McEver Allstate Insurance, Georgia Power, the Medical Center of Georgia, Riverside Ford Lincoln, Ackerman Wrecker Service, Harveys Supermarket, and Attorney Lester Miller.

Outstanding Students Participate in 2013 Governor’s Honors Program

Outstanding Students Participate in 2013 Governor’s Honors Program

Ten students who participated in the distinguished Governor’s Honors Program during the summer were recognized at the Board Meeting on Thursday, September 19. This year’s program was held June 23-July 20. Those recognized were:

·         Ryan Beckmann of Central High School (Mathematics);

·         Roland Jay Brunner of Howard High School (Communicative Arts);

·         Kelton Ellis of Central High School (Social Studies);

·         Luke Felty of Central High School (Communicative Arts);

·         Caroline Martin of Central High School (Communicative Arts);

Macon Named Finalist for Friendliest Town in America

Macon Named Finalist for Friendliest Town in America

The Finalists for Rand McNally’s Best of the Road contest were announced Thursday, and Macon finished in the Top Five for Friendliest City in America. Macon made it to the top five because of votes cast online after a social media push from the City and many local organizations and individuals.

“Once again, our community used social media to let the country know what a great place Macon is to live, work, and play,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “First, they showed support for improving the Second Street Corridor by winning the Paint What Matters contest and have now let the country know what great people live here. This speaks volumes for the type of community we are in Macon: friendly, active, and supportive.”

October Festivals in Central Georgia

October Festivals in Central Georgia

USA TODAY

Middle Georgia -- sometimes referred to as Central Georgia or the Heart of Georgia -- is home to several bustling small cities, including Macon, a cultural and educational center for the region; Milledgeville, a former state capital; and Warner Robins, the metropolitan area around Robins Air Force Base. Though many of the cities in this area have festivals throughout the year -- including Dublin's St. Patrick's Day celebration and Forsyth's March Forsythia Festival -- the region's mild autumn weather in Middle Georgia makes October a popular time for festivals.

Near Macon

In late October, the Riverside Cemetery conservation group hosts a spooky evening celebration. Tour the pre-Civil War cemetery, where you'll run into the spirits of notable folks from Macon's past, including escaped slaves-turned-celebrities and Southern belles with nerves of steel. Unlike most festivals, the aptly named Spirits in October celebration requires you to sign up in advance to participate, because only a limited number of participates can join each walking tour. Tours take place every half-hour between 6 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the event usually takes place the weekend before Halloween.

Near Perry

Check out Georgia arts and crafts, ranging from word carvings to cornshuck weaving to pottery, and tap your feet to Appalachian music and gospel singalongs at the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. This semi-annual celebration devoted to old-fashioned skills takes place in March and October just north of Perry. In addition to music and crafts, you'll find demonstrations of vintage skills, such as tatting lace and braiding bullwhips, as well as hayrides, storytelling and special performances. Though kids are encouraged to join the festivities, pets aren't allowed, so plan accordingly.

Near Milledgeville

You'll find local and national bands, plenty of kids activities, live stage shows and arts and crafts at the annual Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville. The festival takes place every year in late October. One of the biggest attractions at the festival is the People's Choice BBQ Championship, where festival attendees can sample and cast their vote for the festival's best pulled pork. The festival also hosts several other contests, and there are prizes for photography, crafts, cooking and more.

Near Eatonton

In Eatonton, the Briar Patch Arts Festival is an October highlight. The festival, which started in 2010, gets its name from the works of Joel Chandler Harris, who was born in Eatonton, and features work by local artists and craftspeople. Bands set up on live music stages throughout the festival, so you can check out local music while you browse the offerings at the booths.

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King told America about his dream.

In August 1963, he delivered his "I have a dream" speech to a huge crowd in Washington DC.

That became one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement.

This week and next, thousands of Americans will travel to the nation's capital to commemorate that day including many from Central Georgia.

But it's also a time to remember the way it was, how America changed and why.

When getting a drink at a fountain came down to color and the ease of buying a car was based on what you looked like, that was Central Georgia 50 years ago.

In that time Felton Miller lived according to the rules of black and white.

"You were white and I was black. They didn't care about me than a rabbit out there in the woods," he says.

Miller, now 83 years old, was born and raised in Jones County. The segregated South was what Miller described as hard and unfair.

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

The Mercer University Cheerleaders will hold a camp for children ages 5-14 July 8-12 and July 15-19.  The camp will be held at the Macon campus.  Times are are noon to 5 pm.  Cost is $120 per session and includes a T-shirt.

Checks, made payable to Mercer University Cheerleading, should be sent to 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31027 (Attn: Mercer Cheerleading) along with waiver/registration form. 

Call 551-427-8968 or email MercerUniversityCheerleading@gmail.com for more information.