Oliver Hardy Festival
Harlem is inviting all Laurel and Hardy fans to the city Saturday to celebrate the more rotund half of the comedic duo.
The 24th annual Oliver Hardy Festival begins with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. and a parade through downtown Harlem at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Milledgeville Road at Starling Funeral Home and continues onto Louisville Road to West Forrest Street to Harlem Middle School.
The family-friendly festival will include look-a-like contests, Laurel and Hardy skits and children’s rides and games. The festival is free and no pets will be allowed.
The festival, which drew about 30,000 people in 2011, features Laurel and Hardy movies played at the Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem.
Two stages, one in front of City Hall and one near the former Harlem Department of Public Safety, will feature a variety of live entertainment including Atlanta’s Sol Junkie at 2 p.m.
Most food vendors will be located in food courts near City Hall and the former Columbia Theatre.
The festival ends about 5 p.m.
During the festival, Columbia County Cares food pantry will be collecting jars of peanut butter at the IGA store in Harlem to make up for their shortage.
The peanut butter drive is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Harlem IGA located at 575 W. Milledgeville Road.
Columbus Day Festival
Columbia County’s annual Columbus Day celebration is taking an antique turn with the addition of a celebrity speaker.
Paul Brown, the owner of Gallery 63 in Sandy Springs, Ga., and star of the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, will be the special guest at the fifth annual Columbus Day Antique and Art Festival on Saturday.
The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Evans Towne Center Park.
Brown will speak at noon and offer antique estimates between 1-3 p.m.
Augusta Locally Grown also will present a Hobby Farmers Corner, a mini-farmers’ market. The farmers will sell their wares and provide information about composting, aquaponics, shiitake mushrooms, organic vegetables, micro-greens and alpaca and wool art.
Lots of arts and crafts vendors will be on site selling goods including homemade soaps and Christmas wreaths.
The Italian-American Club will be selling food including meatball sandwiches and desserts.
The family-friendly festival also features children’s activities including inflatables, a petting zoo and a mural they can paint.