Local area events Oct – Nov 2014

October 4, 2014
Junior Service League – Cowpoke Carnival – Sumter County Fairgrounds
AMERICUS, Georgia

Details to follow

October 4-5, 2014
Andersonville Historic Fair – Andersonville Village
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

The 38th Annual Andersonville Historic Fair will take place Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th in Andersonville, Georgia. Gates open at 10:00 am both days with a parade at 11:00 am on Main Street on Saturday. Mock battles take place at 3:00 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Special entertainment includes performances by The Southern Gunslingers, puppet shows, line dancing, clogging, bluegrass band performances, gospel singing and much more! Admission is $4 for adults, $1.50 for children 12 and under. For more information call (229) 924-2558 or visit http://andersonvillegeorgia.info/andersonvillegeorgia_005.htm

October 9-11, 2014
Hodges Hobbies – Rally of Eagles
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Details to follow 

October 10-11, 2014
Sumter Historic Trust – Georgia Ramble
AMERICUS, Georgia

Details to follow

October 10-11, 2014
Brickyard Plantation Golf and RV Park – Bluegrass Festival
AMERICUS, Georgia

The 3rd Annual Brickyard Plantation Bluegrass Festival will be held Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th at Brickyard Plantation Golf & RV Park, located at 1619 US Hwy 280 East in Americus, Georgia. For more information, please call (229) 874-1234 or visit www.brickyardgolfclub.com

October 16-18, 2014
Hodges Hobbies – All Electric Fly-In
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Hosted at Mac Hodges’ beautiful 1600’ grass field in Andersonville, Georgia, HHAEFI welcomes all kinds of electric flying from ultra micro to giant scale. Helicopters, multi-rotor, EDF, 3D, scale, and more are all welcome. Noon Show with world class pilots including the world famous B-29, plenty of Night Flying, HHAEFI Full Contact Combat, over $3,000 in Raffle Prizes! Concessions available at the field, camping hookups available for a small fee (while they last), non-hookup camping is free! Pilot registration is only $10 during pre-registration and $15 at the door. Registration covers all three days and includes 2 raffle tickets. For more information visit www.hhaefi.com

October 25-26, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site – Living History Weekend
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Experience what life was like at Andersonville as living historians portray prisoners, guards, and civilians. The second weekend of March annually, this living history program offers visitors the opportunity to see and experience what life was like at the infamous Civil War prison camp. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/livinghistoryweekend.htm

October 30, 2014
Downtown Trick or Treat & Kiwanis Pet Parade – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia

The Kiwanis Pet Parade starts off at 4:00 pm; registration begins at 3:00pm, look for the tent on Jackson Street in between Church and Lamar Streets. The parade is open to people of all ages are invited to come and enjoy the parade, but participation is open only to children under 13 years of age, and their pets. Costumes will be judged in two categories: best costume and best costume with pet. The top three participants in both categories will receive prizes. Participants will be judged based on creativity and originality. The parade route is on Lamar and Forsyth streets. 

Downtown Trick or Treat begins immediately after the Pet Parade. Businesses stay open late to hand out candy and other goodies to children ages 10 and under. Children must be in costume, have a wristband and be accompanied by an adult. Wristbands will be available beginning at 3:00 pm under the tent on Jackson Street between Church and Lamar Streets. Participating businesses will have “Welcome Trick or Treat” signs in the window. For more information call the Downtown Development Main Street Office at (229) 924-4411.

November 1, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — First Saturday Programs
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Join park staff and volunteers for “First Saturday” programs which explore the themes and topics of the 150th anniversary of the Andersonville prison and the Civil War prisoner of war experience. Every two months, the park will focus on a single word or theme that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier’s life beyond the battlefield. These programs will be held on the first Saturday of each month.  Programs will vary. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=540390-245777

November 7-12, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site – Avenue of Flags:
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

The Avenue of Flags is the display of a multiplicity of U.S. flags usually arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue or drive that leads from the main entrance or gate into the cemetery. The Avenue of Flags cemetery and reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. In most cases, the Avenue of Flags is only flown on days of special ceremonial significance such as Memorial Day. At Andersonville National Cemetery, the Avenue of Flags display is arrayed five times each year: for the National Former POW Recognition Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day weekends.  For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/aveofflags.htm

November 8-9, 2014
Tour de Farm – Bicycle Adventure – Southwest Georgia
AMERICUS, Georgia

A fantastic weekend of food, farms, cycling and fun is scheduled for this year’s Tour de Farm in Southwest Georgia. We hope you will join us.  Details pending.

November 15, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — Night Museum
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic prison site after dark in a new Night Museum Program. From 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., the National Prisoner of War Museum will be open for a rare night-time opportunity to view the museum exhibits and experience the prison site. The main entrance gate will re-open at 5:45 p.m. and the museum will open at 6:00 p.m. During this night-time event the prison site tour road and the Andersonville National Cemetery. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/night-museum.htm

November 15, 2014
Plains Veterans Day Antique Car Show
PLAINS, Georgia

Bobby Salter’s Plains Peanuts & Plains Inn & Antiques presents the 3rd Annual Veterans Day Fall Show – Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. The show will take place on Main Street in Downtown Plains, Georgia, home of former President Jimmy Carter. President Carter is expected to be there Saturday afternoon to make his choice. For more information, contact Bobby Salter at (229) 824-3462. Registration is 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, judging starts at 11:30am.

November 18-December 28, 2014
Parade of Trees – Rylander Park – Downtown Americus
AMERICUS, Georgia

Join us Downtown Americus for the “Parade of Trees” in Rylander Park. See over 40 trees decorated for the Christmas Season. Some are in memory of loved ones and some are decorated for soldiers who may not be home for Christmas. Businesses, individuals, civic groups and many organizations come together and help celebrate this special time of year. For more information, call the Downtown Development Main Street Office at (229) 924-4411.

November 20, 2014
Christmas Open House – Downtown Americus – 4-8pm
AMERICUS, Georgia

Join us in beautiful Downtown Americus from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, November 20th as we kick off the holiday season! A decades-long tradition, the event showcases local businesses which are all dressed out in their holiday regalia. Some businesses will offer special deals for early Christmas shopping and many will offer refreshments to visitors. For more information, call Downtown Development Authority Main Street Office at (229) 924-4411.

November 29, 2014
Plains Christmas Parade & Lighting of Downtown – 6pm
PLAINS, Georgia

The town of Plains will be officially lit for Christmas by former President Jimmy Carter at 6:00 pm. President Carter will welcome everyone and then flip on the Christmas lights. The annual Christmas Parade will be held immediately following the lighting, at 6:10 pm. Come on out and celebrate Christmas in the home of our 39th President! For more information, please contact the Plains Better Hometown Program at (229) 824-5373.

December 4, 2014
Americus Christmas Parade – Downtown Americus – 7pm
AMERICUS, Georgia

Get into the holiday spirit and join us for our Annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Americus. The parade gets underway at 7:00 pm. For more information please call the Downtown Development Main Street Office at (229) 924-4411.

December 4-6, 2014
Hodges Hobbies – Southern Dawn Patrol
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Details to follow

December 6, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site — First Saturday Programs
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Join park staff and volunteers for “First Saturday” programs which explore the themes and topics of the 150th anniversary of the Andersonville prison and the Civil War prisoner of war experience. Every two months, the park will focus on a single word or theme that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier’s life beyond the battlefield. These programs will be held on the first Saturday of each month.  Programs will vary. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=540390-245777

December 13, 2014
Andersonville National Historic Site —Wreaths Across America
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia

Join thousands of Americans to remember and honor our Veterans by participating in this annual wreath laying ceremony. Each December Andersonville National Historic Site participates in the national Wreaths Across America program to remember and honor our military veterans. Sponsored wreaths will be laid on gravesites in National Cemeteries across the country, including Andersonville National Cemetery, on the second Saturday of December. For more information visit, http://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/wreaths-event.htm

December 31, 2014
Windsor Hotel- New Year’s Eve Celebration
AMERICUS, Georgia

Details to follow