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Onion Festival "Lite" in 2012
Wednesday, 28 September 2011

September 28--  The volunteer community leaders who organize the Vidalia Onion Festival are planning an Onion Festival "Lite" in 2012.

For the last few years the festival has lost money and 2012 chairman Tim Truxel is hoping a scaled down version will help the festival survive the bad economy.

"Obviously the finances the festival brings in and the expense of some of the events got to the point where we just couldn't afford to put the same events on and keep the festival going long term," he says.

The big change is no air show next year, however, the air show is scheduled to return in 2013 with the Navy's Blue Angels headlining the show.

Meanwhile, Truxel says a large carnival midway will be set up at the airport and the festival has booked country music star Craig Morgan for a Saturday night concert which will be free except for a five dollar parking charge.

Opening ceremonies, street dance and the kickoff fireworks show will be held Friday night, April 27, on the airport grounds and not at STC as has been the case in the past.

Truxel is hoping more free events will draw more local people to the festival. "Our goal this year is to try and get the local community and local support back into the festival.  We feel like we've lost some of that over the years and we just want to try and bring it home," he says.

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