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OED gearing up for 2010
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Olde Effingham Days is set to take place April 16-17 at the Old Courthouse complex in downtown Springfield. This will mark the fifth year for the festival, and organizers say that they hosted between 10 and 12,000 people for the event last year.

The fun will kick off on April 16 with dining and dancing under the stars, with live music provided by Leon Jacobs of Atlanta. It will be a good old-fashioned street dance with food vendors keeping you satisfied. The festivities will last from 7-10 p.m.

The big day Saturday gets started as the festival opens at 10 a.m. and starts with an opening ceremony and a car and tractor processional. You can see history being relived with a blacksmith, syrup making demonstrations, old tools, old timey children’s activities and the meat shed.

You also can visit the historic Effingham Museum and Living History site and there will be a flower show sponsored by the Springfield and Rincon Garden Clubs in the old Gnann house on the site.

Visit the Georgia Salzburger Society’s Market Platz for a look at all the arts and crafts booths set up behind the new courthouse. There will be food and entertainment all day and the Swingin’ Medallions will close the day out.

If you are interested in purchasing a booth space for Olde Effingham Days, contact Linda McDaniel for an application. Food, arts and crafts, and non-profit booths are $40 and are available on a first come-first served basis. Call 754-8039 or 667-1576 for more information on booth space. For those interested in sponsorships, call Clarence Morgan at 754-6339.