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Weekend to bring in festival
KINGSLAND -- Final preparations are being made for the annual Kingsland Labor Day Catfish Festival - a three-day event that is expected to draw large crowds to the Camden County community.

The 31st annual event will kick off at noon Saturday. Visitors will swarm the festival site downtown to check out more than 100 arts and crafts booths, dozens of food vendors and gift and antique stores in town. Many also will buy one of the festival's namesake catfish dinners prepared by Navy chief selectees and command staff from nearby Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Meals include grits, hush puppies, cole slaw and iced tea.

Tonya Rosado, the city's tourism director, says wet weather will have no impact on where vendors set up their booths or other activities that have traditionally been offered in the past. There is only a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the National Weather Service's extended forecast during the festival.

"Things are going swell," Rosado said. "I know the Kingsland Betterment Committee is working real hard."

The biggest day for attendance is traditionally Labor Day, which kicks off with an hour-long parade featuring floats, music, antique vehicles and public officials.

Saturday's fun starts at 7 a.m. with a 5-kilometer run, followed by the festival's official opening at noon and live entertainment from 4 to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the festival restarts at 1 p.m., with live entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. On Monday, the day begins at 9 a.m. with a Lions Club pancake breakfast, followed by the parade at 10 a.m., awards ceremony at 11:15 a.m. and live entertainment from 1 to 6 p.m. To reach the festival from Brunswick, take Interstate 95 south to Exit 3, west on Ga. 40 to Kingsland.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at or at 464-7655.

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