The Harrison Ruritan Club will have its second annual Vidalia Onion Sale. The club will have 10# bags available for $10 and 25# bags for $20.
To purchase, contact any Harrison Ruritan Club member, or Trace Hogan at 637-3389 or Carolyn Hogan at 667-9165. They can also be picked up at Carolyn's Florist, 4511 Highway 58, 899-4122 between the hours of 9-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.
Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit college scholarships to area graduating high-school seniors based on good character and need, awards to graduating elementary school and middle school students based on good character, donations to Highway 58 Volunteer Fire department's annual Christmas toy and food drive, Friends of Harrison Bay State Park, area recreational leagues, area schools, sponsor youth to Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, assisting community citizens in time of need, and more.
Vidalia onions were discovered in 1931 and what makes them special is the low-sulfur South Georgia soil. An official said, "learned last year that you can certainly plant a Vidalia onion elsewhere but it won't taste the same due to the unique soil content."
In 1986 the Georgia state legislature passed the "Vidalia Onion Act of 1986" which authorized a trademark for "Vidalia Onions" and limits the production area to Georgia or any subset as defined by the state's Commissioner of Agriculture. The current definition includes 13 counties: Emanuel, Candler, Treutlen, Bulloch, Wheeler, Montgomery, Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, Telfair, Jeff Davis, Appling and Bacon, and portions of the following seven counties: Jenkins, Screven, Laurens, Dodge, Pierce, Wayne and Long.