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Barbecue festival to feature reptile show

COVINGTON - If you thought barbecue was the only thing being offered at the Covington Lions Club's third annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook Off, then you are in for a surprise.

In addition to featuring a singing competition, a Mr. and Miss Hazzard Pageant and an array of other activities for families, the October festival also plans to have a reptile show.

This year, the club will bring in state-licensed reptile exhibitor Jason Clark, who is president of Southeastern Reptile Rescue and also a Griffin Police officer.

Doreen Stallworth, publicity chair for the event, found Clark when she went to a special event in Perry.

"We saw it on the show list, and I said I wanted to see that," she said. "I'm afraid of snakes, but I touched a 15-foot python. It's an awesome show."

She thought the event would be a good one for the festival because it's educational and fun.

"He has stories to tell about every one of the reptiles he pulls out," she said. "It's unbelievable ... and you come away with a new respect for the snakes and the place they have on this earth."

Clark is scheduled to perform his 45-minute show at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 11 during the festival.

More information about Clark and his show is available at www.SnakesAreUs.com.

Sherman's Last Burning is scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11, at the American Legion Field on Mill Street in Covington. Gate fee is $3, and children 12 and under are free with an adult.

More information about the festival is available online at www.covingtongalions.org.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.