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Visit Pasaquan and Cotton Pickin’ Fair this weekend

Take a week off and see what happens to your email inbox.

It will likely explode, as mine seemed to this past week that I was gone.


Here are some of the emails I received last week.

Pasaquan is open Saturday

So I'll start with Pasaquan. It's open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

If you've never been there, it's worth a visit.

It's the family home of Eddie Owens Martin, a visionary folk artist, who painted practically every surface in the house and the other buildings, including the garage.

Bring lots of water and a picnic basket because there are no stores anywhere near the site. And it gets very, very hot out there.

And if you don't want little children to see naked people, you might want to get a babysitter. I don't mean live naked people, but statues of naked people.

Tickets cost $5 and free for children 6 and younger.

For more information and directions, call 229-649-9444 or go to

'Big Food'

Don and John McLemore, who run Masterbuilt products including the electric turkey fryer, are now hosts of a new food show.

It's called "Big Food" and it will be aired on Country Music Television (CMT).

If you want to watch how a food TV show is filmed, go to Sadowski Hall, which is Building 5215 in the Harmony Church area of Fort Benning.

So what are they going to make?

A full-sized M1A2 Abrams Tank.

OK. You're going to ask out of what?

Strawberry shortcake, that's what.

I guess that kind of makes sense since strawberries are in season now.

Filming will start at 7 a.m. Sunday and go on through the unveiling of the strawberry shortcake tank at 10 a.m. May 10.

If you go out there, hoping to have your face on TV, you must be at least 18-years-old.

To sign up, call Staff Sgt. Matthew Tuuri at 706-626-5933 or email him at

Cotton Pickin' Fair

If you're opting out of the filming of "Big Food" but still want to go somewhere, let me recommend the Cotton Pickin' Fair in Gay, Ga., which is about 50 miles north of Columbus.

It started out as a small country fair and is now a huge thing. You'll get some really good food, some fresh produce and all sorts of arts and crafts.

It's a lot of fun and is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you need an address, it's 18830 Ga. 85.

Tickets cost $7; $3 for children 6 and younger.

Call 706-538-6814 or go to

Art classes for children

My friend Rose Maree Ogle is teaching art classes this summer. She's calling it an Art Camp for Kids and it will be at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1232 Double Churches Road.

The first session is 9:30 a.m.-noon June 4-8 and the second one is 9:30 a.m.-noon June 11-15.

It will cost $75 and includes all supplies. Call Rose Maree at 706-324-5829 or the church office at 706-324-1232.

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