It is time!
by Emanuel County Live | April 30, 2013 1:22 pm
by KATELYN MOORE
This weekend marks the 68th Pine Tree Festival and Southeast Timber Expo here in Swainsboro. With an exciting lineup of events, this year’s festival, held downtown for the second year in a row, promises to be fun for all.
The festival begins with the Southeast Timber Expo, happening at the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Complex on McLeod Bridge Road beginning May 1 with Forestry Field Day. The Expo will take place on May 2 with Georgia Forestry Commission displays, Forestry Field Day and educational classes from 1 – 5 p.m. The Regional Landowners Meeting and Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. that evening.
The main event begins on Saturday, May 4 in downtown Swainsboro.
As usual, the jewel of the festival will be the Pine Tree Festival parade, which changes routes this year and will run from the intersection of Mabel Avenue and Highway 1 (at the Dairy Queen) north on Highway 1. The parade will turn right on Church Street and end at the East Georgia Healthcare parking lot. Festival organizers ask those attending the festival to leave the parking lot there clear for parade entries. The festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. following the naming of the Grand Marshall at 10 a.m.
Other early-morning activities include the Pine Tree Festival Car and Truck Show, which will begin at 9 a.m. and run until awards are given at 3 p.m. There will also be the annual Loader Competition from 8 a.m. until, and musical entertainment on the Square.
Also, for the athletically-inclined, the annual Knotty Pine 5K and Fun Run will begin in a new place this year, with sign up beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the Ellington Insurance parking lot. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 9 a.m.
All-day events include the Exchange Club Chess Exhibition next to Catered Creations, events by many community organizations and Bobcat Alley with East Georgia State College’s Basketball team. The Boneyard will be filled with the smells of delicious barbecue during the Daniels Chevy/WXRS Pine Tree Grill-Off, beginning at 8 a.m.
Also happening downtown is the Royal’s Wooden Creations/WXRS Bake Off at noon on the Boneyard. There will also be a wing-eating contest, sponsored by Zaxby’s, on the main stage downtown at 12:45 p.m. Providing entertainment throughout the afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m. is the Zaxby’s/WXRS Battle of the Bands.
The headliners of the festival, of course, are the AXE Women of Maine, the Purina© Incredible Dog Team, and Swamp People Liz and Jessica Cavalier.
The AXE Women Loggers of Maine will have shows at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Swainsboro City Hall parking lot. Between shows, they will offer an interactive log-rolling class to festival attendees. The AXE Women’s show features a brand new script co-written by seasoned comical stage writers, and features more current World Champion performers than any other show. They will demonstrate skill in underhand chopping, cross-cut sawing, one woman cross-cut sawing, axe throwing, hot sawing, log rolling, and more! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to enjoy the entertaining talents of the AXE Women Loggers of Maine!
The Purina© Incredible Dog Team will provide entertainment for the whole family, featuring a team of highly-trained and agile dogs performing acrobatic tricks. Showtimes are noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and will be located in the Crossroads Café parking lot. The team visiting Swainsboro will share a high-energy performance set to music and, at the same time, educate people about responsible pet care and how proper nutrition and good training can bring out the best in any dog, at any stage of their life.
Swainsboro can’t get enough of the Swamp People, and this year, the Pine Tree Festival will feature Liz and Jessica Cavalier. The will be signing autographs and doing photos in front of the courthouse from noon until 4 p.m. Liz is no stranger to the swamps, learning the ways of gator hunting at age 12 from her father. She has 35 years of gator hunting experience and has earned the title of Gator Queen. She joined the Swamp People in their second season, and her daughter, Jessica, recently followed in her footsteps and joined the show just this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to see your favorite gator hunters in person!
The festival goes on into the evening with Swainsboro Raceway’s Pine Tree 100 and Pine Tree Mudbog. Grandstands open at 3 p.m. with the Mudbog beginning at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m.
Also happening that evening is a new feature of the festival, the Zaxby’s/WXRS Street Dance. Held on Green Street, the dance will feature the Scott Brantley Band. Beginning at 8 p.m., the dance will last into the evening, providing entertainment for all. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the musical stylings of East Dublin-born Scott Brantley, who has worked with some of Nashville’s best and shared the stage with the likes of Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Craig Morgan, Darryl Worley and more.
The 68th Pine Tree Festival and Southeast Timber Expo looks to continue the tradition of excellence that has shaped it since its inception. Come on out and enjoy the most exciting day of the year in Swainsboro!