Local area events for this year

JULY 2019


4
BBQ & Fireworks Train Ride – Lake Blackshear
8 PM
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park and enjoy a barbecue dinner with a view of beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a train ride through the Sumter County countryside, the train returns to the Lake Blackshear trestle to watch the huge fireworks show at the park. Boarding begins at 7:30 PM and the train departs at 8 PM. The barbecue dinner is included in the ticket price. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides,
call 229-276-0755 or 229-322-6159.

5
First Friday Americus – Downtown
5 PM-8 PM
The theme is “Beach Party” for this month’s fun downtown event. For information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

7, 21
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.

20
SAM Shortline “Murder Mystery Train & Dinner” – Lake Blackshear
3:15 PM-11 PM
“Southern Ways and Means” is the theme for this ride that features Paula Deen and President and Mrs. Carter. Boarding begins at 2:45 p.m. at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear, and departs at 3:15 p.m. for Plains. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides and schedules, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

AUGUST 2019


2
First Friday Americus – “Art Show”
5 PM-8 PM
For information on this month’s event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

11, 25
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.

24
Wolf Creek Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival – Americus
11 AM-5 PM
The third annual Wolf Creek Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival will begin at 11 a.m. at the site, 207 Wolf Creek Drive, off McMath Mill Road in Americus. The fun event draws a large crowd and is becoming one of Sumter County’s favorites. For information, call Hannah Johnson at 229-942-0091.

SEPTEMBER 2019


2
Labor Day holiday

6
First Friday Americus – “Back to School Bash”
5 PM-8 PM
For information on this month’s event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

26
Taste of Sumter – Americus
6 PM-9 PM
This popular food tasting event makes its return in downtown this year. For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

28
Plains Peanut Festival – Plains
All-day
Come out and enjoy this popular annual festival in President and Mrs. Carter’s hometown. Events include a One Mile Fun Run/5K Road Race; arts and crafts vendors; Peanut Pavilion exhibits; entertainment acts; street dance; President and Mrs. Carter’s book signings; and the highlight, a Main Street Parade at 11 a.m. Visitors can stay and hear President Carter teach Sunday school on Sunday morning at Maranatha Baptist Church. For more information, call 229-824-5373.

OCTOBER 2019


4
First Friday Americus – “Flash Back Friday”
5 PM-8 PM
For information on this month’s event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

11-20  
Americus-Sumter County Fair
5 PM-10 PM Monday-Friday
1 PM-10 PM Saturday, Sunday
The fair returns to the Sumter County Fairgrounds on Ga. High 30 West in Americus. For information, contact Tim Estes at 229-924-4878.

19-20
Andersonville Historic Fair – Andersonville
This popular event returns to the Civil War Village of Andersonville for the 43rd straight year. Hundreds of re-enactors join thousands of visitors downtown for the two-day event, which this year moves to the third weekend of October instead of the usual first weekend. H.K. Edgerton and the group Dixie Jubilee will be back to perform. For more information, call 229-924-2558 or 229-869-4160, or email  andersonvillega@att.net.

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Happy Halloween!