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Horneyhead Fishing Tournament and Festival to be held Saturday

COVINGTON -- Warning to all Horneyhead fish: You might want to lay low on Saturday as a contingent of fishermen will be headed your way as the Horneyhead Fishing Tournament and Festival will get under way in Newborn.

Registration for the fishing tournament will be held at 8 a.m. at the Old Newborn Schoolhouse at 4326 Ga. Highway 142.

According to Festival Committee member Linda Woodworth, anyone who signs up by 8 a.m. is eligible to participate in the fishing tournament, which will include special categories for prizes including a kid's category, age divisions, largest fish, the number of bumps on the fish's head and more.

The Horneyhead fish is a member of the minnow family and is distinguished by tiny horns located on, you guessed it, the head.

"People sign up and scatter and go to their secret fishing holes," she said, adding that most of the choice spots are in creeks and ponds in the Newborn area as the Horneyhead fish is the town's unofficial mascot. "They have to be back by 1 p.m. to be judged."

Winners in the various divisions will participate in the Horneyhead Festival Parade at 2 p.m. The fishermen will accompany the Horneyhead Queen, who will be crowned this year for the first time.

Woodworth described the parade as "a Pied Piper parade," in which anyone who wants to join in can participate.

"You'll see ATVs, dogs, old tractors, fire trucks and more. Newborn is so small we have to go around the town twice," she said. "It's fun and kinda the point of being in a small town. Your know our motto is "A Town with Characters."

Woodworth said there are activities at the event for one and all. Beginning at 8 a.m. there will be crafts and other vendors, live music provided by Johnny Rocquemore, Steve Biggers and others, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the event will be broadcast live by 92.3 FM's Melanie Ann and Julio. From 9 a.m. until noon, special children's activities will be provided. Barbecue will also be available, and the museum in the Newborn Schoolhouse which features a display of the Horneyhead fish can be viewed.

For more information, call 770-786-6838 or visit http://www.newbornschoolhouse.org.