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Auburn fills Oct. with big events

AUBURN -- Entertainment opportunities will abound come October in the city of Auburn, coinciding with high temperatures leaders hope are more forgiving.

Options range from cute, to festive to environmentally conscious affairs.

The short list of events kicks off Oct. 9, when the city will host its second annual "Auburn Pageant" at the Auburn Elementary Gymnasium beginning at 1 p.m.

The event, open to both male and female contestants, is categorized into various age groups from 2 to 18 years old. Contestants will vie for titles like "Tiny Miss and Tiny Mister Auburn" up to misses and mister Auburn themselves. Cost is $25 per contestant.

On Oct. 16 and 17, the city welcomes back-by-popular-demand Auburnfest 2010. Expect food vendors, arts and crafts, along with a car show.

"There are few restrictions as to what we accept (from vendors)," said Auburn events coordinator Charlotte Ewing. "You just never know what people are looking for."

Last but not least, Auburn is planning to do its part in the Great American Clean-up the following weekend, Oct. 22 and 23.

Organizers will be accepting discarded items that run the gamut from cell phones, to motor oil, to scrap metal and tires (at a $2 to $5 cost per tire, depending on size).

The few items that won't be accepted include: paint and paint-thinner, antifreeze and cooking oil, Ewing said.

For more information on any October event, contact Auburn events coordinator Charlotte Ewing at 770-963-4002, ext. 223, or e-mail cewing@cityofauburn-ga.org.