Fire ants invade Ashburn

Mar 29, 2010, 12:47 PM by User Not Found - Georgia By Jay Polk ASHBURN GA WALB - It's festival time again around South Georgia And one of the earliest and most unusual festivals - Georgia
By Jay Polk

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - It's festival time again around South Georgia.   And one of the earliest and most unusual festivals is in Ashburn where they celebrate the fire ant.

Why the fire ant?  We tried to ask the stars of the festival, but they seemed busy.  So we went to a human representative.

"We saw right away that the fire ant theme took off.  We could have more fun with that theme," said Shelley Zorn, President of the Ashburn/Turner County Chamber of Commerce.

Now in its 16th year, they've done some unusual things at this festival.  And that includes this year.  Like the men's panty hose competition.

"We've got 10 contestants right now.  There's no real rules.  Just get the panty hose up over your clothes as quickly as possible and don't rip or break the panty hose," said Zorn.

And the theme of the unusual extends to the food as well.  While there is a carnival with the food that you might expect, there's a bit of a twist to the snacks that are on offer.  Hungry?  Try some tasty chocolate covered fire ants.

The Fire Ant Festival is always known for it's unusual events and something that's new this year is the chance to take out your frustrations on this old clunker at 50 cents a whack.

While it all seems a bit tongue in cheek, this festival is serious business for Ashburn.

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