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      Sparkleberry Country Fair officials plant trees to celebrate Arbor Day, kick off fair celebration

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - The Sparkleberry Country Fair kicks off this Saturday, and officials started the celebration with a tree planting ceremony.

      Eighteen southern live oaks were planted to celebrate Arbor Day, which is Friday.

      The trees were bought by donors and were planted at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center.

      The 18 trees also represent 18 years of the Sparkleberry Fair, and the commitment to protect and preserve the environment.

      "Each time I plant a tree, it is a breath of fresh air," said fair chairman, John Monroe. "Without trees, humans as we know it would not exist."

      The names of tree donors will be engraved on brick markers below each tree.

      "Hopefully they'll be pleased by they're appearance and still recognize the events of Arbor Day and the Sparkleberry Fair," said Mac Horton, Director of the Clemson Sandhill Research Center.

      The Sparkleberry Country Fair will be held this weekend. WACH Fox is a proud sponsor of the event.