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Housing fair set for Saturday in Vidalia

VIDALIA — Veteran, novice and prospective homeowners who attend the City of Vidalia’s first-ever housing fair Saturday will come away with newfound insights, organizers say.

The free event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center, aims to offer the public tips on home buying, City Manager Ken Walker said.

“A consumer’s knowledge of housing is a real fundamental base for any community,” Walker said. “When we strengthen the base and strengthen the knowledge of people who own homes in the community, the community wins.

“(A housing fair) is normally something only larger communities do, but if you live in a small communities you shouldn’t be denied this type of service from your government.”

Three workshops addressing the federal fair housing act, homeownership and credit scores, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s housing grants are scheduled concurrently from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., City of Vidalia Consultant Rita L. Ferrall said.

In addition, more than 20 vendors will supply information on mortgage lending, landscaping, banking, legal services and tax preparation, Ferrall said.

“(Guests) can attend the workshops and roam the exhibit hall,” Ferrall said. “We’re providing lunch for all housing fair participants, and there will be children’s activities such as space jump and face painting. There’s going to be something for everyone.”

The fair will conclude with door prizes ranging from two $250 cash prizes to $100 off closing costs, O’Ferrall said.

Walker said though the housing fair is located in Vidalia, people from surrounding communities are encouraged to attend.

“The fair is not strictly limited to Vidalia residents,” Walker said. “We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

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