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Posted: March 18, 2009 12:00 a.m.

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Celebrating the life and works of Lewis Grizzard

T. Pat Cavanaugh/

(Bottom right) Otis Spillers, middle, a member of the Covington Rotary for 63 years, and his daughter Amelia Mosley, left, greet Dedra Grizzard.

In spite of miserable weather this past weekend, organizers of the first Remembering Lewis Grizzard festival were pleased with the turnout and support.

The Saturday night performance at the Blue Willow Inn included 140 people who enjoyed some good laughter and good Southern food provided by the Blue Willow Inn.

Sunday’s performance at the Social Circle Theater also drew 140 people.

The event this year raised close to $6,000 for Social Circle and Covington Rotary’s special projects, including the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, The Miracle League ball field to be built in Newton County, the American Heart Association and the Social Circle Theater.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s festival, which may include other events as well, according to event co-chairs T. Pat Cavanaugh and Tom Whitley.

Another idea discussed was to bring in another Southern humorist every other year to headline the festival.

Whitley added that through this experience, the Rotary clubs learned that they can work together to do good things for their communities. Both Rotary clubs thank those that helped in any way in making this year’s first Remembering Lewis Grizzard Festival a success.

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