A new year and a newly-opened park bring more variety to Columbia County’s event schedule in 2012.
With Evans Towne Center Park having opened in October, several popular events formerly held at other county venues will move to the new park in the heart of Evans.
The first such event is the 18th annual Easter Egg Scramble on March 31, followed by the Books Alive celebration in June and the Columbus Day Antique and Art Festival in October.
“In the warm weather months, from April to October, there will be at least three functions there a month,” said county Recreation and Events Manager Stacie Adkins.
Added to the park’s itinerary in 2012 is the inaugural plant sale and swap, which will be combined with the CSRA RV and Boat Show in March, and an October Christian music concert.
Another new event at the park that has staff in the events department excited is Hounds Around Towne, which will offer canine agility demonstrations, dog-portrait artists and information on animal rescue and adoption operations in the county.
“With the addition of Evans Towne Center Park, we did not want to take away every single event from the old amphitheater,” Adkins said.
Therefore, certain concert series and a new family-friendly program, karaoke night, is scheduled later this year at the Columbia County Amphitheater, behind the Evans library.
If not free, admission costs will be kept at a minimum, Adkins said, adding that all profits are used to defray costs of upcoming ones.
The first of the county’s newest events start early in 2012. While tickets have already sold out for two wildlife shows in February, a cooking-competition showcase March 22 is sure to tempt the taste buds.
Area bakers, caterers and restaurants will display their dishes to the audience as celebrity DJ Chef Marc Weiss, featured on Food Network’s What’s Hot! What’s Cool!, provides music entertainment and gourmet cooking.
“We have to try a lot of different varieties of events to see what the response is,” said county Community Events Specialist Keela Colombraro.
Her colleague, Virginia Atkins, said diversity is key to pleasing the county’s increasing population.
“You want to meet all of the age groups,” she said.
Atkins was hired as a second community events specialist in August, lending a hand to enhance and add future programming. She came on board after Adkins was promoted to additional duties at the Recreation Department.
Information about upcoming events can be found on Facebook and at www.columbiacountyga.gov, where residents can sign up to receive e-mail notifications.