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Annual Gillsville show to honor potter
Event to display pieces, hosts blood donation drive Saturday
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More than 25 potters will descend on the small community of Gillsville on Saturday for one reason: To honor the late Bobby Ferguson with a pottery show and blood drive.

The annual Gillsville Pottery Show will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Ferguson home, 6468 Old Gillsville Road. The show will feature works from many regional potters as well as art from Bobby Ferguson.

Ferguson was an eighth-generation potter, who believed in the importance of donating blood. In 1995, he suffered an aortic aneurism and nearly died of blood loss. But thanks to blood donors, his life was saved. He became a long-time blood donor.

Before his death he told his family “Everyone of you get down there and give some blood back.” Therefore, his family honors his request and hosts a blood drive during the annual pottery show.

“Blood makes the difference on whether your loved ones take you home,” said Darlene Holly, Ferguson’s daughter who works at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. “I see the results of it.”

To be eligible, donors must be 17 or older (16 with parental permission) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. A photo ID is also required.

All donors will receive a T-shirt and complimentary cholesterol screening.

For more information, call LifeSouth in Gainesville at 770-538-0500.

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