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Sinking teeth into OED
Annual festival less than two weeks away
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Contestants dig into the tater hawg eatin’ contest during the 2009 Olde Effingham Days Festival. This year’s event will begin April 16, with a street dance beginning near the steps of the Judicial Complex at 7 p.m. The tater hawg eating contest will take place on the afternoon of April 17. - photo by File photo

The excitement is building, as it’s now only a couple of weeks until the annual Olde Effingham Days Festival.

In one of Effingham County’s largest outdoor festivals, Olde Effingham Days features a blend of the old and new. The event will start with a street dance April 16 at 6 p.m., featuring the music of Leon Jacobs.

Saturday is the big day and will run from 10 a.m. until the music by the Swingin’ Medallions’ ends the festival about 9 p.m. that evening.
The day will begin with a procession of old cars and tractors and an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Visitors can stroll around the grounds of the Old Courthouse and sample the foods and enjoy the various arts and crafts and civic booths set up for the day.

The new Effingham Arts Council will have a large area set up showing and selling members’ artworks in addition to having hands-on art projects for the public to take part in. The Springfield Revitalization Corp. also will have a booth on site with information about the ongoing renovations to the historic Mars Theatre.

Once you’ve made the rounds of the booths, take a short walk down the hill to the Living History site and Effingham Museum. You’ll see the 1790s era barn, a 1900 homestead, a smokehouse, working blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, equipment shed, the Gnann Summer House and kitchen and a syrup boiling shed.

There’s even a replica of the old Walt’s Radio Shop from the ’40s and 50s. There will be stilt walking, shelling corn, grinding grits, yo-yoing and more for the kids.

A military encampment with uniformed re-enactors will show what life was like in the Revolutionary and Civil War periods in Effingham County. The flower show will be up from noon until 5 p.m. with floral creations presented by members of the Springfield and Rincon Garden Clubs. There will also be food for sale in the history area featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, and hash and rice.

One highlight of the day is the Tater Hawg’ Eatin contest, which will be held at 4 p.m.