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Winter Festival set for Saturday
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The forecast might be calling for rain this weekend, but that’s not going to stop Lanier Primary School from hosting its annual Winter Festival on Saturday.

“We’re going to go on rain or shine,” said Dr. Patti Newman, the principal of the school.

The Winter Festival is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school on Hwy. 280 East in Pembroke.

Carnival food will be for sale, and the Sweet Shop will have a variety of goodies. The festival will include an inflatable bounce house and lots of games, such as miniature golf, Wheel of Fortune, bingo and pony rides, Newman said.

There will also be door prizes donated by local businesses and a variety of themed baskets, such as a Georgia Bulldogs basket and a movie night basket, available through a silent auction.

An autographed photo off Uga VIII, the University of Georgia mascot, will also be auctioned off, and there will be a drawing for a $500 Wal-Mart gift card, Newman said.

Admission is free and tickets for activities are 25 cents each.

Newman said Lanier Primary has hosted a festival every year since 1989. It used to be in the fall, but it was moved to the winter at least 10 years ago because of other event conflicts, she said.

“There is absolutely no conflict,” in the winter, she added.

The school’s Parent Teacher Organization sponsors the festival to help raise money for the school. Last year, the festival raised $5,000 for Lanier Primary through donations and ticket sales, Newman said.

“That’s a lot of quarters isn’t it?” she said.

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