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Spring events abound in Columbia County

Posted: March 29, 2014 - 11:10pm
Darius Rucker will perform April 8 at Rock Fore! Dough at Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans.  File
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Darius Rucker will perform April 8 at Rock Fore! Dough at Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans.

What is in the pipeline for Columbia County this spring and summer? We are busy, busy, busy with festivals, concerts, movies, food, and lots of eggs!

To mention just a few: kicking off Masters Week will be Darius Rucker and Randy Houser headlining the Rock Fore! Dough concert on Tuesday, April 8. The following Saturday, April 12, is our annual Easter Egg Scramble with more than 17,000 eggs. Our spring concert series, Blues, Brews & BBQ, continues with three consecutive weeks this year through April & May.

Lady Antebellum is returning home to its namesake pavilion on April 29.

Art in the Park is highlighting local artisans on May 10, and that same evening Symphony Orchestra Augusta will be highlighting musical talents. Banjo-b-que will be returning for the third year to Evans Towne Center Park with very recognizable talents, including The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show.

The popular Family Movie Matinees start up in June. Lastly, we will be moving this year’s 20th Annual Fourth of July Celebration from Patriots Park to Towne Center Park, and it will be bigger and better than ever.

Recently, we decided to have a little fun with a contest on the Community Events Facebook page with one of our employees. She is jumping in a photo and showing off our new T-shirts. The contest was to caption the photo to win a T-shirt.

We received quite a few interesting and funny captions, but the winners (two tied with the same caption) used a line from singer Pharrell William’s song “Happy” with the words “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.”

It is hard not to be happy when you hear the song and it was the perfect caption for the photo. Keep an eye out for more contests and giveaways of these snazzy, hot-off-the-press T-shirts! Like us on Facebook at Columbia County Community Events or follow us on Twitter @ CCCEvents_ ETCP.

Maybe you are wondering what is so special about these T-shirts. Not only are we able to promote the park and the events at the venue, but we also wanted another outlet to recognize and thank our partners.

On the back of each T-shirt is a list of the local businesses that have supported our events. The majority of the Community Events budget comes from sponsorships, ticket sales and vendor fees. In other words, the expenses associated with events we host are primarily self-supported. The more funds generated, the more events we are able to hold. If you are a local business owner and have been looking for an affordable way to market your business and support your community at the same time, give us a call at (706) 650-5005 and we will be happy to discuss various options with you.

With such a busy season upon us, we also appreciate and cannot thank enough our volunteers who are willing to give not just their time, but also their energy. Volunteers often assist at gates or booths, provide information and answer attendees’ questions, or are fill in as needed. With a staff of four, it is impossible for us to cover all aspects of the landscape. Having these individuals is vital for a smooth event! If you would like to be added to our volunteer database, e-mail me at sadkins@columbiacountyga.gov.

As an update on my previous article in January, the new playground at Evans Towne Center Park is a 90-day project. The bid will be awarded within the next few weeks, and construction will begin immediately.

Now before I go, let’s have another contest for an Evans Towne Center Park T-shirt. The first five individuals to e-mail me with this year’s lineup for the Summer Beach Blast on June 6 will win. (Clue, our Web page is a good resource). Hope to see you soon at an event!

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