Auburnfest '09 set for Saturday

AUBURN - Those hankering to try their hand at "Cow Patty Bingo" will find their calling at Auburnfest 2009.

The 18th incarnation of Auburnfest - Auburn's annual and now highly eclectic fall festival - hits the city Saturday with myriad music and hoopla.

Topping the list of, well, unique events is the aforementioned bingo, where competitors place bets on marked spots where a live bovine might place his "patty."

Also on tap this year are a vintage car show, a Hula Hoop contest, a pageant and talent show for youngsters, and several music performers, including the Georgia Sensation group. They cap the eight-hour fest with a street dance at 5 p.m.

Expect vendors galore.

Auburnfest has come far since its humble beginnings in 1991 at Auburn Methodist Church, said Charlotte Ewing, Auburn's events coordinator.

"When it outgrew their grounds, it eventually was taken over by the city," Ewing said. It now occupies Fourth Avenue, a stretch near City Hall.

But the fest also delves into the philanthropic. The Barrow Mayors Association will collect school supplies, and proceeds from a library book sale will help buy more library materials.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Auburnfest 2009

· When: 10 a.m. to

6 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Downtown Auburn, 1369 Fourth Ave.

· Cost: Free admission

· For more information: Call 770-963-4002, ext. 223.