The 50th Putnam County Dairy Festival will be celebrated in Eatonton, Saturday, June 6.

It’s a special year — number 50 — for the festival. On the first Saturday in June, dairy month, local citizens and visitors from surrounding counties will gather to commend local dairymen for their hard work which make Putnam the leading dairy county in Georgia. There is no admission charge, and all events take place on or around the court house square.

Approximately 100 vendor booths of arts and crafts, food and dairy information will be set up on the streets around the square. Activities for children are always a favorite of the youngsters, as is the Mayflower exhibit with free cold milk and ice cream.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with the booths beginning to open and with the running of the Torture Trail Road Race sponsored by the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Mid-morning ceremonies begin with a parade at 10 a.m. Following the parade, a platform program begins at 11 a.m. on the courthouse square with key speakers and recognition of the Dairy Family of the Year.

Under the Big Tent on the courthouse lawn, Pilot Club members will serve the traditional noon day meal of BBQ pork plates and sandwiches. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased in advance or on festival day from any Pilot Club member.

After the platform program, free entertainment will be provided by local dance and vocal artists until 5 p.m. Concessions are available all day and festival T-shirts may be purchased before or during the festival.

The Dairy Festival is sponsored by the Pilot Club of Eatonton. For more information call Glenda Ridley, festival chairperson at (706) 485-6757,

Charlotte Green (706) 473-0036 or Yvonne Harrell (706) 485-8112.

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