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Regional fair bringing fun in fall
As a Chinese dragon glided over the metal tracks, little Jasmin Williams and teacher Maria Mangram threw their hands in the air and screamed.

Though it was only a children's roller coaster at the Coastal Georgia Regional Fair, it was quite an experience for Jasmin, a kindergartner.

"But I wasn't even scared," the Altama Elementary pupil said with a grin as she exited the ride.

Jasmin and Mangram were two of more than 1,700 kindergarten children, teachers and parents at the fairgrounds Wednesday during the sponsoring Brunswick Exchange Club's Sunshine Festival.

The annual event was a chance for kindergartners to experience the fair. This year, children from every elementary school in Glynn County made it to the event.

"Not every child gets the opportunity to go to the fair," Mangram said. "I think it's a great thing what the Exchange Club does for these kindergarten kids. They look forward to it and they really enjoy it."

It's a chance for children, their teachers, parents and mentors to make memories, said Steven Floyd, president of the Brunswick Exchange Club.

The smiles on the small faces brought just as much joy to Floyd, who was happy the club was able to provide a fun experience.

"We're all about giving back to the community, and this is a chance to do that. It's a chance to let these kids come out here, and that's why we do the fair," Floyd said. "It's for the kids. That's what we're all about."

The Brunswick Exchange Club returns proceeds from the Coastal Georgia Regional Fair to the community by supporting other non-profit organizations.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.


If you go

The Coastal Georgia Regional Fair will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. today, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 101 Emory Dawson Parkway, Brunswick.

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