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Families discover Columbus Day fun

Posted: October 5, 2011 - 10:59am
Ashley Edwards, of Grovetown, took her sons, Jeremiah (front), 4; Kris, 8 months; and Noah, 3; to the petting zoo at last year's Columbus Day Festival.  Jenna Martin/Staff
Jenna Martin/Staff
Ashley Edwards, of Grovetown, took her sons, Jeremiah (front), 4; Kris, 8 months; and Noah, 3; to the petting zoo at last year's Columbus Day Festival.

Family fun is on the agenda Saturday at Columbia County's fourth annual Columbus Day Festival.

The free festival will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Columbia County Amphitheater behind the Evans library.

Next year, the event will move to the Evans Town Center Park, which will open later this month, said Keela Colombraro, county community events specialist.

"This will be the last year (at the amphitheater)," Colombraro said. "This is definitely an event we want to grow and be a Columbia County signature event."

The festival and the Books Alive! celebration in the spring are the two big family festivals the county conducts each year.

The day celebratesChristopher Columbus, for whom Columbia County is named.

Arts and crafts vendors will be at the festival selling their wares, including woodwork, paintings, jewelry and clothing. Children's activities include inflatables, pony rides, face painting and pumpkin painting.

A variety of live entertainment will feature Pyroteque, a fire performance troupe specializing in fire breathing and fire eating; Augusta Cheer Academy, Tara Scheyer; Kane & Co. Dance Productions; Premier Martial Arts; and the Columbia County Ballet.

The Italian-American Club of the CSRA will provide food.

"We're definitely keeping an eye on the weather," said Colombraro.

Last year, nearly 2,000 people attended the festival.

Following the festival, the Swingin' Medallions will perform at the amphitheater in the final installment of the Second Saturday concert series.

For information, visit www.columbiacountyga.gov, or call (706) 312-7192.

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