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 Historical Park 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 2024

16
Alzheimer’s Symposium & Silent Auction – Americus
6 PM-9 PM
Graceful Hands Home Care in Americus will host an Alzheimer’s Symposium & Silent Auction on this Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m. The event takes place at the Chamber of Commerce building, at 409 Elm Ave. in Americus. Dinner will be served. The dress code is semi-formal attire.
For tickets, call Ciera at 229-938-1528. You can also scan the QR code on Graceful Hands’ Facebook page.

17
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville
9 AM-4:30 PM
Andersonville National Historic Site will install its spectacular Avenue of Flags for the Memorial Day holiday and early summer. Flag placing is limited to 300 volunteers. Volunteers should sign up for all park events beforehand. Placement begins at 9 a.m. along National Cemetery Road and runs until 4:30 p.m. on this Friday.
For more information, call 229-924-0343 or 229-931-7222 or visithttps://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm. For events in the Civil War Village of Andersonville, call Cynthia at the Andersonville Welcome Center at 229-924-2558 or visit https://www.andersonvillegeorgia.com.

18 POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST
Carter Presidential Auction – Plains
TBA
Save the date now for the annual Carter Presidential Auction in President Carter’s hometown of Plains. The event takes place on the third Saturday of the month. Please consider offering suggestions, donating auction items and being a financial sponsor.
For details, contact Kim C. Fuller at 229-928-4825 or email friendsofjimmycarter@outlook.com.

18
Lenny’s Market Kickoff – Americus
8 AM
Visit Lenny’s Market  at 110 N. Hampton St. for the 2024 season kickoff. Vendors can contact Americus Main Street for more information at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247. The market is named for the late downtown business owner and City Council member Leonard J. Waitsman, who developed his vision of the Americus Farmers’ Market into a reality in the 1980s. It runs each Saturday through November, from 8 a.m. until noon.
For the best in farm fresh produce, visit Lenny’s all season long.  

18, 25
SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Hop aboard the SAM Shortline excursion train for a trip to Plains on this Presidential Flyer. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. at Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear and departs at 10 a.m. with a flag stop in Americus at 11:15 a.m. The train arrives in Plains at 11:45 a.m. for a two-hour layover before departing for Archery and the Carter Boyhood Farm. The train arrives at the Boyhood Farm at 11:55 a.m. for a 40-minute layover. The train arrives back at its originating point at 4:30 p.m.
For tickets on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or visit www.samshortline.com.

25
‘Tours on Taylor’ – Americus
1 PM
Stroll Taylor Street in Americus and see some of the city’s most beautiful and historic homes on this new hourlong walking tour. Tickets are $10 and should be purchased preferably in advance at the Visitor Center downtown at 101 W. Lamar St. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the tour — cash or check only. Guests should park in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 409 Elm Ave. The tour starts in front of the Chamber of Commerce building.
For more information, call Steve at 229-928-6059.  

25-28
Memorial Day – Andersonville
9 AM – VARIOUS TIMES
Several events take place on the grounds of Andersonville National Historic Site to commemorate Memorial Day. On Saturday, May 25, flag placement takes place from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch provided by Dixie Crows. On Sunday, May 26 a Memorial Day ceremony will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. On May 27, a Knights of Columbus Mass takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on May 28, a flag pick up in the National Cemetery begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon.
For information on Memorial Day events in the Civil War Village of Andersonville, call Cynthia at 229-924-2558 or visithttps://www.andersonvillegeorgia.com/.


JUNE 2024

8
Paint the Town Blue Gala – Americus
6 PM
Don’t miss your chance to be part of history at the Smarr Smith Foundation’s seventh annual Paint the Town Blue Gala. The Saturday event takes place at the Storm Dome on the Georgia Southwestern State University campus. It is held in memory of Nick Smarr and Jody Smith, two local police officers who were killed in December 2016, and as a fundraiser for local law enforcement. Tables and tickets are selling fast and once they are gone, that’s it until 2025! Reserve your table at www.smarrsmithfoundation.com.
For more information, contact the Americus Police Department at 229-924-6450.

8
South Georgia Showdown Car Show – Americus
NOON-5 PM
Visit the Sumter County Fairgrounds at 903 Adderton St. in Americus for the third annual South Georgia Showdown Car Show. The event is operated by Street Queens of Americus and runs from noon to 5 p.m. Cars, trucks and bikes all will be on display. Knight Riders will make a special appearance. Music will be presented by Planet X. Fees are $25 per vehicle; and $75 for VIP parking. The spectator entry fee is $5; kids enter for free.
For more information, see the group’s Facebook page or contact Tom Love Inthiraj.

8
‘An Evening with Ambassador Andrew J. Young’ – Americus
7 PM
The Americus Sumter County Movement Remembered Committee, Inc. invites the public to this event featuring former Atlanta Mayor and ambassador Andrew J. Young of Atlanta.  The Saturday event takes place at 7 p.m. at Jackson Hall Performing Arts Center on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. The address is 800 GSW University Drive. For information, call 229-380-1309 or visit www.theamericusmovement.org.

9
Downtown Beach Party – Americus
NOON-8 PM
Downtown Americus’ Rylander Park will be the site of one of the area’s most fun summertime events. The Downtown Beach Party will begin at noon and run until 8 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Enjoy the musical entertainment and have fun playing in the sand! The Food Truck Fest runs simultaneously.
For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247 or visit www.downtownamericus.com.

9
Food Truck Fest – Americus
NOON- 8 PM
Whet your appetite for some great vittles at the Food Truck Fest, which coincides with the Downtown Beach Party on the second Sunday of the month. More than a dozen food trucks are expected and will be lined up across from Lenny’s Market.
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247 or 235.

10-12
Summer History Camp – Americus, Andersonville, Plains
9 AM-5 PM
Interested rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders will have the opportunity to explore the historic area during History Camp with the Sumter Historic Trust, 318 E. Forsyth St. in Americus. Campers will tour the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville with Vietnam POW Bill Robinson, who spent more than seven years in captivity. Participants also will visit the historic Andersonville Civil War Village, and explore the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm outside Plains and study the legacies of our Sumter County president and first lady. An agritourism tour of McNeill Farms in Americus and a glassblowing demonstration by a local artist also will be given. For more information on the three-day camp, emailprofstovall@gmail.com or call 229-924-1163.

14
Happy Flag Day!

15
Father’s Day Car Show – Americus
10 AM-1 PM
South Georgia Technical College in Americus will sponsor it’s SGTC Father’s Day Car Show on Saturday, the day before Father’s Day. The event starts at 10 a.m. and is held on the front lawn of the Lonnie Sweat Cafeteria on campus. The address is 900 South Georgia Tech Parkway. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Trucks, cars, motorcycles all will be on display. Admission is free. Lunch is provided. Prizes will be presented in a number of categories, including Best in Show (old), Best in Show (new), Best Paint Job, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, Best Police, Best Fire & Rescue, Best Ambulance, and Most Car Club members.
For more information, contact Kevin Beaver at 229-931-2578.

15,16
Juneteenth Day of Celebration – Americus
8 AM-5 PM
Code Black Atl, Sisters in Service and the Sumter County NAACP present Juneteenth 2024 on these two days. Come out and join in for a day of celebration. Both Saturday and Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event takes place at the Americus Train Depot, 329 S. Jackson St. There will be vendors, video gaming, musical entertainment, food trucks, a live band, and free watermelons.
For more information, call 229-389-8275 or 404-323-3314.

16
Happy Father’s Day!

17-22
Missoula Children’s Theatre – Americus
TBA
Visit the historic Rylander Theatre on Lamar Street in downtown Americus for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” on June 17-22. Kids ages 6-18 are invited to participate in this summertime event. Registration begins soon. Visit www.rylander.org for updates.
For details and other information, call the theater at 229-931-0001.

24-28
Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy – Americus
TBA
Visit downtown Americus and the historic Rylander Theatre for Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy, one of the theater’s most favorite events of the year. For kids ages 8-12, the entertaining summertime session runs June 24-28. Registration begins soon. Visit www.rylander.org for updates.
For all other details, call the Rylander at 229-931-0001.

29
Plains, Trains & Fireworks – Plains
6 PM
Hop aboard the SAM Shortline at Lake Blackshear for a trip to Plains to view the best fireworks show in Sumter County! The spectacle begins at sundown, always on the Saturday before the Fourth of July. Get your tickets early as the train fills quickly and seats are limited.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.samshortline.com, or call Kim Fuller at Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historical Park at 229-928-4825.


JULY 2024

4
Avenue of Flags – Andersonville
8 AM-5 PM
Visit Andersonville National Historic Site to see this patriotic spectacle. The Avenue of Flags is a display of state flags in the parking lot of the National Prisoner of War Museum as well as hundreds of U.S. flags lining the roads of Andersonville National Cemetery. The Avenue of Flags reinforces patriotism and national pride in a visible bold and proud display of flags. This display occurs four times a year in addition to the Fourth of July around special days of ceremonial significance – National Former POW Recognition Day; Memorial Day; National POW/MIA Recognition Day; and Veterans Day. You can see the display anytime during park hours. No reservations are required.
For more information, call 229-924-0343 or 229-931-7222, or email Susie_Sernaker@nps.gov or Charles_Barr@nps.gov.

4
Happy Fourth of July!

6
Murder Mystery Dinner Train – Americus, Plains
6 PM
SAM Shortline’s latest Murder Mystery Dinner Train takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and the train departs at 6 p.m. from the Americus Depot, 329 S Jackson St., en route for Plains. Hope aboard for an exciting interactive trip and try to solve the “murder.” The dinner cost is $139.99 per person. Chairman’s Class is $239.99, and that includes dinner. Coach seats are $35 and do not include dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information on tickets and other questions, call 229-276-0755.

13
SAM Shortline train ride – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Hop aboard the SAM Shortline train for a Sumter Explorer ride to Americus and Plains on this summertime Saturday. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. and the train departs at 10 a.m. from Lake Blackshear. The train arrives in Plains at 11:15 a.m. for a 1-hour, 30-minute layover. The train will arrive back in Americus at 1:15 p.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Special abbreviated tours of the historic Windsor Hotel may be offered by the Americus Visitor Center for train passengers only. Call 229-928-6059 for details.
For tickets or more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.samshortline.com.  

20
SAM Shortline train ride – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Hop aboard the SAM Shortline train for a Sumter Explorer ride to Americus and Plains. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. and the train departs at 10 a.m. from Lake Blackshear. The train arrives in Plains at 11:15 a.m. for a 1-hour, 30-minute layover. The train will arrive back in Americus at 1:15 p.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Special abbreviated tours of the historic Windsor Hotel may be offered by the Americus Visitor Center. Call 229-928-6059 for details.
For tickets or more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.samshortline.com.  

27
SAM Shortline train ride – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Want a fun summertime trip before school starts for the kids? Then hop aboard the SAM Shortline train for a Sumter Explorer ride to Americus and Plains. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. and the train departs at 10 a.m. from Lake Blackshear. The train arrives in Plains at 11:15 a.m. for a 1-hour, 30-minute layover. The train will arrive back in Americus at 1:15 p.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover. Special abbreviated tours of the historic Windsor Hotel may be offered by the Americus Visitor Center. Call 229-928-6059 for details.
For tickets or more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visitwww.samshortline.com.


AUGUST 2024

TBC
Carter Presidential Auction – Plains
TBC
Save the date now for the annual Carter Presidential Auction in President Carter’s hometown of Plains. The event takes place on the third Saturday of the month. Please consider offering suggestions, donating auction items and being a financial sponsor.
For details, contact Kim C. Fuller at 229-928-4825 or email friendsofjimmycarter@outlook.com.

17
8th Annual Grape Stomp Festival – Americus
11 AM-6 PM
Wolf Creek Plantation will host its eighth annual Grape Stomp Festival beginning at 11 a.m. The address is 207 Wolf Creek Drive in Americus. Local food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and wine and wine slushies will be available all day long! Free tastings and free tours will be offered. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring their family, friends and dogs (on a leash) and have a “grape” time! The event is child-friendly.
For more information, call 229-942-0091 or visitwww.wolfcreekplantation.com.


SEPTEMBER 2024

6
First Friday Americus – ‘Downtown Goes Disney’
5 PM-8 PM
Join hundreds of visitors to downtown Americus for the favorite First Friday of the year – “Downtown Goes Disney.” See dozens of Disney-themed characters dressed in appropriate attire, and visit the shops downtown on this fun night for special gifts and souvenirs. Remember to bring your camera! And don’t forget the free trolley rides across town.
For more information, contact Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or Ext. 247.

26
Taste of Sumter
6 PM-9 PM
Visit downtown Americus for one of the favorite events of the year and taste the best food across Sumter County. Dozens of establishments will be serving their favorites.
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or Ext. 247, or visit www.downtownamericus.com.




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