OKEFENOKEE AGRICULTURAL FAIR

WAYCROSS EXCHANGE CLUB HAD A RECORD ATTENDANCE OF NEARLY 20,000 PAID ATTENDEES. THAT MORE THAN DOUBLED ATTENDANCE AND REVENUE OF THE 2019 FAIR. THANKS TO ALL THE EXCHANGE MEMBERS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO HELP US HAVE OUR BIGGEST FAIR TO DATE.

CLUB THANKS AMUSEMENTS OF AMERICA MIDWAY

At the November 12th Waycross Exchange meeting, President Carl James welcomed members of the Midway group to our lunch meeting. Dominic Vivano, Jr. said he was always glad to come to Waycross and Ware County. He is proud to celebrate the 15th year with the Okefenokee Agricultural Fair. He recognized members of his crew, Mark Gagne, Greg Inman, Kristen Johnson (Lady Houdini) and her husband Kevin Ridgeway, Wayne Dorin with the ever-popular Rosario’s Racing Pigs, and Charles Bean with the All-American Petting Zoo. Unfortunately, Mike Henderson was unable to attend this year due to illness.
Cretia Dowling thanked everyone who donated desserts for the nightly meals that we are so blessed with each night of the fair. Mrs. Sharon Deal and her great staff go above and beyond each night. THANK YOU, ALL!

OKEFENOKEE FAIR ASSOCIATION FFA & 4-H CAREER EVENT

The Okefenokee Fair Association held Career Development Events for FFA and 4-H students from the sixteen counties the fair serves. We also had participants from Lee, Decatur, and Colquitt counties too. Five hundred fifty students participated in Livestock Judging, Forestry Identification, Floriculture Plant Identification, Nursery Landscape Plant Identification, Wildlife Management, Agriculture Mechanics, and Tool Identification. The top winners from the sixteen counties were;

SR Agriculture’s Mechanics and Tools Identification were:
Ware Co. FFA 2nd Place was Long Co. High FFA,
Jr AG Mechanic and Tool Identification winners were:
Wayne Co. High FFA, 2nd Place Cook High FFA
Sr. Livestock Judging winners were:
Coffee High FFA 2nd Place Ware Co. High FFA
Jr. Livestock Judging winners were:
Bacon Co. Middle FFA 2nd Place Jeff Davis Middle FFA
Sr. Wildlife Management winners were:
McIntosh Academy FFA 2nd Place Berrien Co. FFA
Jr. Wildlife Management winners were:
Appling High FFA 2nd Place Appling Middle FFA
Sr. Nursery winners were:
Pierce Co. Middle FFA 2nd Place Appling Middle FFA
Sr. Floriculture winners were:
Coffee Co. High FFA 2nd Place Echols High FFA
Jr. Floriculture winners were:
Cook Middle FFA 2nd Place Pierce Middle FFA
Sr. Forestry winners were:
Pierce Co. High FFA 2nd Place Echols High FFA
Jr. Forestry winners were:
Pierce Middle FFA 2nd Place Echols FFA

The Okefenokee Fair Association winners received first and second place winners got a plaque and money, and third place winners received money for their efforts. The Okefenokee Fair Association would like to congratulate all the winners for the 67th Fair.

NOVEMBER YOM HENRY MAITLAND BATES

It is with much enthusiasm that I introduce to you, Henry Maitland Bates.
Henry is the son of Russell and Stacy Bates. He has two siblings: Mary Lenon and William Russell. Henry is ranked 9th of 369 Ware County High School seniors. When asked what he attributes to his success. He stated, “God” because he supplied me with all the tools to be successful and attain my goal, and my parents because they have sacrificed lots of time and money to help me learn and grow since I was young.
Henry’s Honors and Activities at WCHS include:

  • All “A” Honor Roll (K-12)
  • Waycross Bank & Trust Junior Board of Directors
  • Southern Forest World Junior Board of Directors
  • Beta Club
  • National Honor Society Club
  • Varsity Football
  • Varsity Soccer
  • Platinum Senior
  • Dual Enrollment Pathway
  • Slash Pines EMC Scholarship
  • Georgia Certificate of Merit
  • ALL-State Punter by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • All American Punter by Max Preps
  • Named Second-team All-Region defender for soccer

Henry is compassionate and finds time to volunteer with local community agencies to assist those in need such as:

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Mattie Mission
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Special Olympics
  • Canned Food Drives
  • Angel Tree Projects
  • Stop Hungry NOW

Henry work experience:
Works part-time with Bridge to Success Program- helping students with the college application process.
On a personal note, Henry is very passionate about his dreams of playing college football. He spends most of his time on this sport.
He is also proud to be an Eagle Scout and is honored to be selected as November Exchange Club Youth of the Month.
After graduation from Ware County High School, Henry plans to attend college, play football and pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.

THANKSGIVING

Remember that November 25th is Thanksgiving and NO meeting that day. Enjoy the Holiday with your family and friends!

Unity for Service

Our Motto - Unity for Service
The motto was adopted in 1917.
Its originator, Charles Berkey,
said the motto was inspired
by the 133rd Psalm, which says
“Behold how good and pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity.”

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