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A Wii bit of fun at "Lazy Daze'

WINDER - Leaders with Winder's Lazy Daze Music Festival know the elixir for end-of-summer blues isn't watermelon munching and prolonged, poolside cook-outs.

It's Nintendo Wii.

Competitions on the popular - and highly physical - gaming system will be a highlight of the upcoming festival, set for its second year Saturday in downtown Winder.

But the activities hardly stop there.

The fest will also feature a pyro-friendly $10,000 fireworks show amid a night of musical variety.

Five bands from the Winder and Athens markets - Devon and Chance, One Way, Southfire, 15 South and Daniel Lee and the Moonshiners - are on tap, with genres ranging from folk to rock.

The festival runs from

7 p.m. to midnight. It's free for all ages.

Other attractions include an array of inflatables and food vendors. The Nintendo Wii competition - dubbed the "Guitar Hero Challenge" - will afford up to 64 entrants the chance to literally strut their stuff for an entry fee of $10.

Prizes include a Nintendo Wii with two controllers, two guitars and, of course, the "Guitar Hero" game itself.

SideBar: If you go

· What: 2nd Annual Winder Lazy Daze Music Festival

· When: 7 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Downtown Winder

· Cost: Free