September 26, 2010

 

This is absolutely THE BEST NEW SCHOOL YEAR EVER!!!!!!!! I can hardly wait for October. On October 7 I am going to star in the CoastFest activities in Brunswick, Georgia. Not to brag or anything, but they really liked me there last year. (You may remember, Diary, I told you all about it last year.)

Anyway, as if that wasn’t enough excitement, get ready…are you ready…you are NEVER going to believe this…are you sure you’re ready??? OK. I am going to the GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR!!! Check out the fair here.

Can you believe it? I get to go for the entire 11 days! I leave to go to Perry (that’s where the fair is, in Perry, south of Macon) on October 7 and stay until October 17! I have to get up really early because my handlers start setting up at 7:30 in the morning! That’s because the fair opens at 8 a.m. And I get to stay up really late-until 10 p.m. every night. The fair made me a special place by the South gate of the fairgrounds.

I don’t expect all 416,000 people who visited the fair last year to stop and see me. Probably only 415,998 or so…I hope they are nice and not too rough on me. I will try to show them some really cool stuff about Georgia archaeology.

In fact, my handlers are arranging something VERY special for the fair. In addition to all my regular activities, I will have three special ones about agriculture for the fair. Yeah, I know, that’s what I said. Agriculture??? I am suppose to be about ARCHAEOLOGY! But then I overheard my handlers talking about how archaeologists know all about agriculture, even about the kinds of plants Native Americans used thousands of years ago! Archaeologists get more out of the soil than just artifacts. They study pollen, seeds, and other plant parts to learn what people were planting, eating, or living near. I will even have some activities about archaeology and agriculture for visitors to do, especially for the school kids who will come see me during their field trips to the fair as part of the “Stories of Agriculture”.

My handlers made this flyer for the fair to give to all the school kids and their teachers. But all I can think about are funnel cakes, the racing pigs, pickle dogs, fireworks, funnel cakes, live music, and did I mention funnel cakes?

You would think I would deserve a break after eleven, 14-hour days at the fair, huh? Well, I heard that the following weekend I am going to the Indian Springs Festival near Macon. But surely after that you would think I get some quality R&R, huh?

Apparently, however, I am going to a place where hundreds of teachers will visit me, since they will be getting this flyer about me. Eeeek! I mean, I’m not scared or anything…I’m sure the teachers going to the Georgia Conference on the Social Studies in Athens on October 28 and 29 will just LOVE me. But you know how it is…all those teachers milling around. They will probably find a typo on me, or expect me to know all the answers to their teacher-questions. I guess its pay-back for skipping school all those days to go to the fair!

Well, wish me luck! I’ll have lots to write once I get a break in November.