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Sandersville prepares for 48th Kaolin Festival
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This Saturday marks the 48th Annual Kaolin Festival in Sandersville, the festival offers your usual activities, arts and crafts, live music, and a variety of food.

But the biggest feature of the festival is touring a mine with a product you probably touch every day.

Come Saturday, the kaolin mine tours will involve learning all about the mining process.

"Permitting, overburden removal, mining techniques, kaolin usage, everything there is to know about kaolin because kaolin is definitely one of the most interesting minerals in the Earth's crust."

Gary Snow has worked at the Thiele Kaolin Company as the manager of mine planning for over 30 years, he says the heart of kaolin can be found in Sandersville.

He says, "We enjoy showing people what we do, and it gives us a great opportunity to showcase our activities."

Amber Veal is the Vice President of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and 5,000 people are expected to attend this weekend, she says this festival is an important part of her community.

She says, "Because of the opportunity to feature our biggest industry, the kaolin industry, people don't realize kaolin is in their backyard, and that's a mineral in the Earth, that is in everything you touch every day, just about."

Snow says, "We plan to not be operational on Saturday it'll be nice and quiet, very safe for people to be around and enjoy looking at kaolin looking for fossils and that sort of thing."

The festival will start on Saturday at 8am and go until 5pm. The mine tours will be at 1 and 2pm on Saturday.
For more information on the festival, you can call 478-552-3288.


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