Vidalia, Glennville Onion Festivals Fall on Same Weekend - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

05/04/04

Vidalia, Glennville Onion Festivals Fall on Same Weekend

For many of us, it's hard to imagine spring without sweet onions. It would be even harder for two communities. This tale of two cities revolves around the vegetable. For decades, Vidalia and Glennville have hosted festivals to pay tribute to the crop. For the first time in years, the parties fall on the same weekend.

Organizers in Vidalia say they base theirs on who can fly in the air show. "We've got the Canadian Snow Birds this year and they're a jet team like the Blue Angels," explained event chairman Wendell Dixon.

The fun kicks off Thursday with kids night and fireworks. A few miles down the road, through Lyons and down Highway 280, the crop is just as important.

Folks in Toombs County will tell you Vidalia put the onion on the map. But on the Tattnall side of the county line, they say they grow more onions. People in Glennville are just as busy. The festival at the Farmers Market starts after the parade that fills the downtown.

"Gates open immediately after the parade," said Glennville event chair Wayne Dasher. "We have arts and crafts and original Vidalia onion rings."

Bragging rights aside, all in the Onion Belt know the crop is good for the entire region. Planners for both parties say if you're sitting home bored this weekend, you have no one to blame but yourself.

If you can't make it to either or both of the events, don't worry. You can catch them on WTOC. Join Sonny Dixon live in Glennville Saturday for the parade starting at 10am, and Dal Cannady and Cara Lovins will have highlights from the Vidalia festival this Sunday night at 6:30pm.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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