The 2021 installment of Another Bloomin’ Festival is a little over three weeks away! COVID will cause the festival to have a little different look and feel this year, as social distancing will be encouraged and attendees are asked to wear masks and use hand sanitizer. 

Booths will be lined up differently, as well, to allow for greater social distancing. Some children’s activities will not be held in 2021 because of COVID, and Metter Garden Club and Cherokee Rose Garden Club have opted to forgo the annual Flower Show, which is usually held within the confines of the Old Depot.

However, attendees can expect a day full of fun on Saturday, April 3 ... as well as an evening of fun activities on Friday, April 2!

Plan now for these Festival events:

• Souvenir t-shirts: Featuring an Easter bunny theme in pastel colors, the souvenir t-shirts can be purchased for $16 ($19 for 2XL-4XL). Proceeds will benefit Chamber Education Grants at Metter schools and DEA. To order, visit http://spiritstore.online/abf_2021/shop/home.

• Miss Bloomin’ Festival 2021: The 2021 Miss Bloomin’ Festival pageant will be held on March 20 at the Candler County Board of Education Auditorium. The morning session at 10 a.m. will include competition for Baby Miss, 0-11 months; Toddler Miss, 1-2 years; Tiny Miss, 3-4 years; Little Miss, 5-6 years. The 1 p.m. afternoon session will include Petite Miss, 7-9 years; Junior Miss, 10-12 years; Teen Miss, 13-15 years; and Miss Bloomin’ Festival, 16-21 years. Deadline to enter is March 12. Admission fee is $60 per contestant. For applications, visit everythingsbetterinmetter.com and select the tab for Another Bloomin’ Festival. 

• Glow Run ... and Friday Night Food Trucks: The annual 5K Glow Run and 1 mile fun walk/run are scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2021, at 7 p.m. to benefit Candler County’s Program for Exceptional Children. Walk or run, and then stop by to visit the Food Trucks that will be open on Friday night to sample some delicious festival fare! Register for the Glow Run online using the following link: https://www.active.com/metter-ga/running/distance-running/another-bloomin-run-2021.

• Books in a Bag: The Candler County Friends of the Library are offering a Books in a Bag celebration at the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on festival day. Fill a bag with all the books you can for $4 per bag that will be provided. Call the library for more information, 685-2455.

• Classic Car Cruise-In: Hop in your classic ride and join the Danny Johns Memorial Classic Car Cruise-In. Line-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Oak Tree Road, with the cruise-in from Metter Ford to downtown Metter set for 10 a.m. For more information, call 912-536-9346.

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