Georgia Town Keeps Laurel and Hardy's Legacy Alive

HARLEM, Ga. (AP) _ A sleepy hamlet in east Georgia will be the
scene of another nice mess this weekend.
Harlem, Georgia, is the location of the country's only museum
dedicated to the classic comedy duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver
Hardy.
It's where Hardy, the heavier half of the team, was born in
1892.
Tomorrow, Harlem will balloon to more than 20 times its size
when 40,000 people arrive for the annual Oliver Hardy Festival,
created two decades ago to raise money for the community. When the
festival began in 1988, just a handful of booths were set up
downtown. But now the event draws 350 vendors and turns away dozens
of others because there just isn't room.
The festival will feature Laurel and Hardy look-alike contests,
a parade and rows of country fair-style tents.


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