Local area events for this year

WAYS TO ENJOY SUMTER COUNTY THIS SPRING & SUMMER:


Americus

  • Stop by the Visitor Center for a copy of the Historic Homes Driving Tour
  • Order take-out from any of our local restaurants and have a picnic at Rees Park
  • Explore two historic cemeteries
  • Visit the place where Charles Lindbergh took his first solo flight
  • Play disc or footgolf at Americus KOA
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic Windsor Hotel or Rylander Theatre
  • Shop Saturday morning at Lenny’s Market (Farmers Market)

Plains

  • Pick up a homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream cone from Bobby Salter’s Plain Peanuts
  • Shop in the beautiful antique & boutique shops on Main Street
  • Pick up take-out and have a picnic at the Plains Visitor Center
  • Explore Jimmy Carter National Historic Site grounds
  • Walk the streets where a former president lives!

Andersonville

  • Explore Pioneer Farm and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum
  • Grab take-out and head to Andersonville National Historic Site for a picnic
  • Shop the local antique shops and grab some ice cream
  • Visit the national cemetery and grounds of the former POW camp

Leslie/DeSoto/Cobb

  • Explore the towns and stop by the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
  • Take the boat out to Lake Blackshear and relax on the water
  • Take a drive down the winding roads through beautiful pecan orchards
  • Head to SAM Shortline at Lake Blackshear and take a ride on the train!

MAY

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Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure
7 AM
This annual event starts in Americus. Options including 12-34-65-105 miles are offered. The registration fee is $55 after April 1 and $25 (12-mile) after April 1. For more information, visitwww.prisontopeanuts.com or call Ryan at 229-514-4756 or John at 706-660-5370.

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First Friday Americus – Multicultural May
5 PM-8 PM

Come downtown to enjoy this month’s festive event, the final one until August. The theme for this month is “Multicultural May.” The Americus Visitor Center will be open late!
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.    

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Season Opening at Lenny’s Market – Americus
Lenny’s Market, named for legendary Americus business owner Leonard J. Waitsman, opens for the season with farm-fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and other items. Come out and enjoy the first day of the 2021 season on-site, at 110 N. Hampton St.

For more information, call  Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

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Plains Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show – Plains
8 AM-3 PM

Friends of the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park present this 13th annual event in downtown Plains. Dozens of awards will be presented for stock cars, modified cars, street rods and motorcycles. Special awards include President Jimmy Carter’s Choice Award. Registration entry fee is $20 pre-registered and $25 day of show. For more information, call 727-455-5956 or 229-928-4825.

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SAM Shortline train ride – Plains Express
10 AM

For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

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Thunder For Wreaths – Americus
11 AM-5 PM

This third annual  “Bring the Thunder to lay the Wreaths” takes place at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. Come to the family-friendly event free of charge. Local vendors and food will be available. Proceeds will go to sponsor wreaths for Andersonville National Cemetery’s Wreaths Across America ceremony in Andersonville on Dec. 18.
For information, call 770-653-5342 or 678-763-1960, or 229-924-0343.

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Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute – Americus
8 PM

Visit the recently reopened Rylander Theatre downtown for this 1½-hour Wednesday evening show. Sail On plays the music of “America’s Band,” the Beach Boys. Performing all of the group’s classic hits, plus some treasures from the Beach Boys’ brilliant extended catalog, Sail On faithfully recreates the timeless songs of surfing, cruising, dancing, and dreaming for all ages. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Sail On performs more than 100 shows each year.
For more information, call the theater at 229-931-0001.

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Installation of flags – Andersonville National Historic Site
Scouts, Dixie Crows, and other volunteers will place American flags on the more than 20,000 graves at Andersonville National Cemetery. The inspiring Avenue of Flags already is on display. Pre-registration is required. For information on participating, call Jody at 229-924-0343, Ext. 115.

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Wreath display – Andersonville National Historic Site
Wreaths will be placed and displayed on the Andersonville National Cemetery grounds at the Rostrum, in memory of those who gave their lives in service to our country. No public ceremony will be held, but the public is invited to view the display. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

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Memorial Day remembrances – Andersonville National Historic Site
10 AM

Retired Marine Corps Col. Dan Gillan will play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, an annual draw during Memorial Day weekend. Other patriotic music also will be performed. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

3 PM
Retired U.S. Navy vet Mike Saliba will play Taps as part of the National Moment of Remembrance nationwide. Both this activity and the 10 a.m. activity may be viewed by the public, but also will be live-streamed. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

Memorial Day reflections at Andersonville Village – Downtown Andersonville
ALL-DAY
Several shops in the Civil War Village of Andersonville will be open during the holiday weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Visit Easterlin Country Store and Antiques; Andersonville Antiques; Nancy’s Treasure Chest; the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum; and the Andersonville Welcome Center. The Easterlin Country Store restaurant will be open, offering great food. For more information, call 229-924-2558.

JJ’s Daylilies Garden – Leslie
DAILY

Stop by during the Memorial Day weekend and through mid-July to view one of Sumter County’s prettiest gardens, at 114 W. Bailey Ave. in Leslie. The daylilies are now in full bloom. The gardens are open every Wednesday-Saturday. Some flowers are for sale. For hours and more information, contact Brenda Gilliam or Troy Gilliam at 229-938-3207.

 


JUNE

JJ’s Daylilies Garden – Leslie
DAILY
Stop by during the Memorial Day weekend and through mid-July to view one of Sumter County’s prettiest gardens, at 114 W. Bailey Ave. in Leslie. The daylilies are now in full bloom. The gardens are open every Wednesday-Saturday. Some flowers are for sale. For hours and more information, contact Brenda Gilliam or Troy Gilliam at 229-938-3207.


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5th Annual Spring Festival at Wolf Creek Plantation – Americus
11 AM-5 PM
Come join the fun at Wolf Creek, at 207 Wolf Creek Drive in Americus, for a full day of wine, vineyard, and winery tours, shopping through the awesome vendors, and enjoyment for the whole family!  Live music by Taylor Welch adds to the joy. Free tastings, free tours, and great case discounts make this a perfect day for a girls’ day out, or just a day out in the vineyard! For more information, call 229-924-0091.

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Happy Juneteenth!


JULY

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Plains, Trains & Fireworks – Plains
5 PM
One of Sumter County’s summer favorites makes a return this year after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. This Saturday evening favorite will include activities for children and a street dance with a performance by Good Vibrations. Food vendors also will be on site. Of course, the highlight is the area’s finest fireworks show! For more information, call 229-824-4825.

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SAM Shortline train ride – Plains Express
10 AM
Train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-427-2457 or 229-276-0755.

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SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-427-2457 or 229-276-0755.

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SAM Shortline train ride – Plains Express
10 AM
Train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-427-2457 or 229-276-0755.

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SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-427-2457 or 229-276-0755.




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