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Sisters tackle Georgia Fair's 4-H competition


Every year, the Georgia National Fair boasts good food, fun rides and countless events.

But it's also where the 4-H organization, more than a century old, hosts competitions for youth and families.

At the Vorisek home, the menu can be mixed.

This time, two chefs are tackling venison with mashed potatoes.

Sisters Katy and Anna Vorisek have been competing for more than seven years.

Their wide array of ribbons include wins for poultry judging and an agricultural decor competition, in which Anna remade a portrait of Van Gogh's Starry Night out of beans.

But in the kitchen, they're doing a practice run for October's wild game dish competition.

Some compete with things like gator, quail, deer, duck, and squirrel.

"We've always hunted for a long time so it seemed like something that'd be in our element," Katy said.

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Public health approves fair food vendors


The Georgia National Fair has fun rides and events, but for some, it is all about the fair food.

The tasty corn dogs, gooey cotton candy, and deep-fried funnel cake are all carefully monitored and held to higher food and safety standards than one might realize.

Even though the booths are mobile, the Georgia Department of Public Health treats them like permanent restaurants.

"Everything has to be perfect before you can get that permit," says Environment Health Specialist, Sharon Pettit.

In fact, they are inspected more often.

Public Health says most restaurants get inspected between two and four times a year, while the vendors at the fair get checked every single day.

"We have to make sure hot food stays hot and cold food stays cold," says Pettit.

The health inspectors look for a proper sewage system, hot water, and clean counters.

What to expect at the Ga. National Fair


Katelyn Heck spoke with Stacy Campbell to get you prepared for this year's Georgia National Fair and what to expect when you're there!


Guardian Centers training facilities


First responder training is the primary mission of the Guardian Centers, but the facility is used for a few other purposes as well.

Collapsed buildings, flooded neighborhoods, and car crashes are just a few of the first responder training missions offered at the Guardian Centers.

And who takes part in these missions?

"Everybody from police agencies, law enforcement agencies and military teams," says Scott Brantley, the Director of Technical Rescue who brought his 25 years of public safety experience to the Guardian Centers in October of 2012.

Brantley says other training facilities have similar venues, but he says, "Ours are much larger and we kind of incorporate all of those venues onto one site."

He showed one of the scenarios, involving subway cars brought in from Washington DC.

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Perry City Council meetings cancelled


Perry City Council has canceled its Monday and Tuesday meetings.

Perry Mayor James E. Faircloth Jr., stated in a news release Friday that not enough council members would be in attendance to hold the meetings.

The next council meeting will be Oct. 7.


Mennonite Relief Auction in Perry


There's a bit of mystery behind the plain clothes and prayer cloths, characteristic of the Mennonite Christian denomination.

About 1.7 million live in the U.S., and more than a thousand call Georgia home.

This weekend, hundreds of Mennonites will come to the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. You're invited, too.

The often private people want to show the public all they offer at their annual Mennonite Relief Auction.

Houston Lake neighbors discuss study on weeds


A meeting Monday night sprouted questions about how to deal with one Perry lakefront community's weed problem.

Houston Lake is infested with a weed called Cabomba which will take $35,000 to remedy and that's just for one year.

The weed isn't a health threat, but it does make fishing and boating difficult, two big draws to the community Sam Morton says made him move there in 1953.

He says investing in fixing the lake now will help those who live their retain their property value.

The Lake Alliance is hoping to raise the $35,000 by September 12th. The Department of Natural Resources conducted a study on the lake and determined that a chemical called "clipper" was the most effective on the weeds.

DNR Region Supervisor Steve Schleiger calls Houston Lake's Cabomba problem is one of the most severe he's seen.