Pumpkin Patches 2014

August 28, 2014 by  
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Fall Family Fun Days at the Rock Ranch

August 3, 2014 by  
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Don’t Miss “Fall Family Fun Days” at The Rock Ranch each Saturday, beginning September 27 through November 15 (10 a.m to 8 p.m.). Each Saturday features an exciting event plus all our fun attractions, including hay rides, pony rides, train rides, pumpkin cannon, paddle boats, cane fishing, petting zoo and more! Our all-natural produce stand will be open as well. Here is what we have in store for your family or group this Fall season:

SEPTEMBER 27: Hats Off To Heroes

OCTOBER 4: Lumberjack Day featuring Collegiate Timbersports competition

OCTOBER 11: Georgia’s Official Day of the Cowboy

OCTOBER 18: Hot Air Balloon Rally

OCTOBER 25: The “Not-So-Spooky” Halloween Festival

NOVEMBER 1: Pumpkin Destruction Day

NOVEMBER 8: The Great Outdoor Adventure

NOVEMBER 15: Farm Heritage Day

Cow Appreciation Day at CFA Commerce Avenue

June 30, 2014 by  
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Area Fourth of July Fireworks 2014

June 29, 2014 by  
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Fire up the grill and get ready for some area Fourth of July Fireworks! Here’s your 2014 guide to Independence Day fireworks shows in our area.

(If we missed any, please comment below!)

Celebrations with Fireworks

July 3, 2014

Manchester, GA

11:00am until 10:30pm ~ DOWNTOWN MANCHESTER now hosting the July 3rd Celebration previously in Warm Springs. Good Food, games, and great entertainment with a wonderful fireworks display at the end of the evening.

Opelika, AL

6:30pm ~ Celebrate Independence Day with Opelika Parks and Recreation. There will be inflatable games, hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, activities for the whole family and musical entertainment. The fireworks will begin at dark. Location: Opelika High School Track

July 4, 2014

LaGrange, GA

10:00am until 11:00pm ~ July 4th Celebration at Pyne Road Park featuring a children’s area, live music, and the Wendy’s fireworks show, $10 per vehicle. Sponsored by Troup Co. Parks and Rec.

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

Robin Lake Beach opens at 7am. Activities all day. The fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30pm. For a schedule of events, visit www.callawaygardens.com

Franklin, GA

Join us for our annual fireworks and street dance on Friday, July 4th, 5:00 til.  Local talent is encouraged to perform during the evening event.  Loco Rio Restaurant will sponsor our street dance with UGLY BETTY performing after the fireworks.

Phenix City, AL

7pm ~ Concert. 9:15pm  ~ Fireworks show at the Phenix City Amphitheater, 508 Dillingham Street, Phenix City, AL. Free admission.

Auburn, AL

7pm ~ Live music; 9pm ~ Fireworks show. Duck Samford Stadium, Auburn. The parking lot off Airport Road, between the Bo Cavin Fields and the new Duck Samford Fields, will be CLOSED to the public during the event. Rain date, July 5, 2014.

Newnan, GA

Newnan Rotary Club Fireworks at Newnan High School Drake Stadium, entertainment starts at 6:30 Fireworks at dark with a newly recorded version of the national anthem by country music star Alan Jackson. Free Admission

Celebrations without Fireworks

July 4, 2014

LaFayette Square, LaGrange, GA

10am ~ Sweet Land of Liberty Parade for Youth, now in its 30th year! The route is new this year and will begin at the Carmike theater parking lot and march to the square on Main St. and return on Bull St.

National Infantry Museum, Columbus, GA

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will host its second annual community-wide Independence Day celebration. At 2pm, there will be an old-fashioned patriotic parade  where youngsters are invited to dress up their bicycles, tricycles and wagons – or themselves! – and parade down Heritage Walk. MCoE Rock Band concert at Noon. Live music, IMAX movies, Food vendors, and more.

Florence Marina State Park, Omaha, GA

Friday-Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  from Jul 4, 2014 until Jul 6, 2014 Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with games, a watermelon eating contest, and educational boat tours on Lake Walter F. George.

Frontier Village, Fort Gaines, GA

10am ~ Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Creek Indian Village that will be constructed at Frontier Village.  4th of July Parade. Musical festival, food, vendors, and more.


July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens

June 29, 2014 by  
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July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens (Pine Mountain, GA)

For day guests: to learn about Special Event admission, CLICK HERE.

Schedule of Events:  July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party

Friday, July 4, 2014

7 a.m.                        Beach Opens
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.     Beach Activities Aqua Island*, Blaster Boats*, Paddle Boats*, Flying Trapeze*, Rock Climbing Wall*,
Spider Jump*, Miniature Golf, Table  Tennis, Shuffleboard, Giant Checkers, Giant Chess, Xcelerator
Water Slide*, Roadster Pedal Karts*
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Callaway Gardens Farmers Market
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.    Beach Concessions, Food Vendors and Food Trucks
Noon to 5 p.m.       Live entertainment by DJ Mickey J
3:30 p.m.                 FSU Flying High Circus Performance
5 p.m.                      Live Music:  Secret Sauce
6 p.m.                      FSU Flying High Circus Performance
6 p.m.                      Beach Connector Gate Closes (Access between Gardens and Robin Lake Beach area will be closed
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in preparation for fireworks display.  Please use exterior entrances.)
7:30 p.m.                Live Music:  The Swingin’ Medallions
9:30 p.m.                Fireworks Extravaganza (Weather Permitted)

Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch


Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch
June 28th

Celebrate America is an annual patriotic event, 15 years running.  This event features arguably the brightest fireworks show in the state, as there is little to no light pollution on the ranch.

The ranch has adjusted the start time of this event to accommodate requests from guests traveling from North Atlanta and other parts and hour or more away. Celebrate America will open at 10 a.m. for families to enjoy the attractions and admission is $10 per person from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For guests that enter after 6 p.m., the entry fee is only $25 per family vehicle (pile 8 in a Suburban and that is only $3 per person).  The admission price includes access to attractions and entertainment.  Many attractions close at 8:00 p.m. to begin the concert and program before the fireworks.

Atlanta party band “Ready or Not” features a brass section and will play upbeat dance favorites that include some of the best from Motown, to Michael Jackson, KC and the Sunshine Band to hits from to today.  Other entertainers will perform throughout the day.  Performances include talented singing and dancing kids, a bluegrass, a classic rock and folk group and the Ugandan Thunder children’s choir and dance group.

This community event is priced to offer an affordable evening of fun, music and fireworks to celebrate our freedom as Americans and those who have served and are serving to preserve it.  The military discount is ½ price admission.

Attractions include: locomotive train rides, cow train rides, pony rides, slide hill, a petting zoo, paddle boats, inflatable bounce houses, pedal carts, “Tiny Town” children’s playhouse village, the giant jumping pillow, cane pole fishing, multiple live bands and dancers, a wide variety of concessions, a gift shop and much more.  Guests will also enjoy the “Cow-A-Bunga” zip lines, two zip lines that transport guests from a 60 foot tall tower down a cable at over 30 miles per hour.  These zip line rides are only $12.75 and $8.

This event falls during the peak of berry picking season (blackberries, raspberries and blueberries).  The Rock Ranch produce stand will offer fresh fruit and vegetables, jellies, honey, home grown premium aged beef, cider slushies and homemade blackberry and strawberry ice cream.  The farm market, regularly open until 5:30 p.m., will remain open until 8 p.m. for this event.

Pyne Road Park July 4th Celebration

Sweet Land of Liberty Parade for Youth

June 16, 2014 by  
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Photo credit: LaGrange/Troup Co. Chamber of Commerce

Sweet Land of Liberty Parade for Youth
Theme: “Star Spangled Spectacular”

Open to kids ages 19 and under, this charming annual community event features bikes, trikes, wagons, and other non-motorized floats.  Register your child, children or youth group (girl scouts, boy scouts, camp, school or church group, neighborhood, etc) at Troup County Parks & Recreation. A parent’s signature is required for all participating children. Prizes will be awarded for best patriotic costumes/decorations. The parade will line up beginning at 9am at the Carmike Cinemas parking lot on Main Street. Participants will march down Main Street, around the square, up Bull Street and back to the movie theater parking lot. The parade is sponsored by the Junior Service of LaGrange.

Friday, July 4th – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Downtown LaGrange
Entry forms available at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center

Red, White & Blue Celebration in Downtown LaGrange

Red, White & Blue Picnic, Concert & Movie at LaFayette Square in Downtown LaGrange

Bring your family & friends to enjoy a patriotic evening event. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Bring a picnic dinner, your own table & chairs, lawn chairs & blankets. Adirondack chairs available on a first come, first served basis.

7:00 pm  Patriotic Pops Concert!

The LaGrange Community orchestra will present a thrilling patriotic musical program to start the evening festivities.

8:00 pm  Picnic with Pizazz!

Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated picnic tables. The winners of the table contest will be announced following the concert around 8:00. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.

8:15 pm Food Eating Frenzy! Annual hotdog, cupcake & ice-cream eating contests

Held on the east side of Lafayette Square. See how many the contestants can consume in just a few minutes.

The hot dog eating contest is sponsored by Charlie Joseph’s World Famous Hot Dogs. The hot dog eating contest winner will receive a trophy, a Charlie Joseph’s t shirt, bumper sticker & a gift certificate.  Contest open to the first ten participants.

Cupcake & ice cream eating contests are sponsored by Cakes by Debbie. The winners will receive trophies & gift certificates.

Apollo 13, the movie will be shown at dusk .

Enjoy an evening of fun on the Square!

FSU Flying High Circus at Callaway Gardens

May 10, 2014 by  
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The daring acrobatic acts of the Florida State University Flying High Circus keep audiences on the edge of their seats. They entertain our guests with trapeze acts, juggling routines, balancing acts, tightwire walks and more. The Flying High Circus, a summer tradition at Callaway Gardens, performs from May 31 through August 1, 2014. There are no performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • Mondays at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays – NO PERFORMANCE
  • Wednesdays – NO PERFORMANCE
  • Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
  • Fridays at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sundays at 3:30 p.m.

Every Summer since 1961, the FSU Flying High Circus has been in residence at Callaway Gardens. The Circus is composed of talented college students who train and perform in the Circus as an extracurricular activity. The top students in the Circus are invited to Summer Adventure each year to perform and to serve as camp counselors.

To visit the Flying High Circus web site visit www.fsu.edu/~circus/.

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