A BIG FESTIVAL WEEKEND
TIFTON'S ARTS IN BLACK, ASHBURN'S FIRE ANT FESTIVAL
Spring has arrived, and the season of outdoor festivals has begun.
This weekend brings both the annual Arts in Black Festival in Tifton and the annual Fire Ant Festival in Ashburn.
Arts in Black will be celebrated all day Saturday with entertainment, art and vendors at Fulwood Park; festivities actually begin at 7 p.m. today (Friday) with the local talent show at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts. Recording artist JRain will be the featured entertainment.
Special guests at the festival in the park include comedian Michael Prince, recording artists Live Five Band and Znday from Atlanta.
Weekend festivities culminate with the Poetry Recitation Competition on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. at the Tift County Recreation Department. Special guests during the afternoon will be Poetic Magic and WordPlay Youth Poetry.
Meanwhile up the road in Ashburn, the Fire Ant Festival is underway, known for its wacky and off-the-wall activities, including the fire ant calling contest, the giant fire ant maze, carnival, arts and crafts, fireworks, bands, photo contest, art contest, health fair, and BBQ cookoff.
The Fire Ant Festival also begins today (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. with a Lip Sync Contest, followed by a concert, and fireworks in Heritage Park.
On Saturday, entertainment continues all day, including the Todd Allen Herendeen Band at noon and 2 p.m., the Men's Panty Hose Contest, and a street dance at 7 p.m. with the Dr. Doctor Band.
AN EGG-CITING TIME SATURDAY
This Saturday, March 28, the Tift County Recreation Department and Union Grove Church of God are holding the 18th Annual Easter Egg Scramble at the EB Hamilton Complex in Tifton. There will be games, prizes, face painting, inflatables, hot dogs and a 40,000-egg Easter Egg Hunt -- all free for the community.
Registration for the event begins at 10:30 a.m. with the Easter egg hunt starting at 11 a.m.
Pre-registration is available online by Clicking Here! or by contacting Pastor Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org
EDUCATION FOUNDATION BRINGS NOTED NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROF TO TIFTON
Dr. Erin McCarty Mason, a nationally renowned school counseling educator and author from DePaul University in Chicago, presented a professional school counselors workshop to 30 Tift County school counselors and social workers on Friday, March 20, at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory, or NESPAL, in Tifton.
Several school counselors from Valdosta attended as well. Mason's visit and workshop was sponsored by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence under the George McCarty School Counseling Chair.
This was Mason's
second presentation in
Tifton. Copies of the book she co-authored,
"101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times" were provided to participants.
ABAC A TREE CAMPUS USA
The campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a number of other Georgia campuses have been recognized for their commitment to caring for and managing their trees. ABAC was named one of Georgia's "Tree Campus USA" communities. The campus also received this recognition in 2014.
ABAC replaced 19 trees as part of the newly implemented tree removal request form, resulting in the
Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe, at left, and Ga. Forestry Commission Director Robert Farris, far right,
congratulate ABAC Grounds Manager Brad Barbee and Forest Resources instructor Grant Rentz for helping ABAC become a Tree Campus USA community.
planting of 37 new trees, which helped meet the standards necessary to be a
Tree Campus USA. A new
27-acre arboretum is being mapped out and developed as well.
The Tree Campus USA program, administered by the Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln, Neb., provides the framework for community forestry management for college campuses across America that meet requirements, including the establishment of a tree board, a campus tree care plan, specific spending levels for urban forestry, service learning and planned Arbor Day celebrations.
There are 14 tree campuses in Georgia. Nationwide, more than 220 Tree Campus USA communities serve as home to millions of students.
"Trees clean our air, filter our water and keep us healthy by providing shade, along with countless opportunities to enjoy recreation and natural beauty," said Robert Farris, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. "The students and faculty of ABAC can take pride in their campus leaders' commitment to trees and forested land -- on Arbor Day and every other day of the year."
Sunday, March 29
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS SET FOR APRIL 3
Tifton Special Olympics is scheduled for
9 a.m., Friday, April 3, at the track at
Eighth Street Middle School with a variety of sporting competitions.
In the event of
Special Olympics will be
April 14, organizers say.
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TIFTON'S AUSTIN BROWN & HOME FREE PERFORMING IN MACON DURING NATIONAL TOUR
Tifton native Austin Brown and his nationally renowned a cappella
group "Home Free,"
on a nationwide concert tour, will be performing back in Georgia in April.
At 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, Home Free will be in concert at the Cox Capital Theater on Second Street in Macon.
VIDEO: 'What We Ain't Got' - Home Free
Home Free this past week released its new music video for "What We Ain't Got," a cover of a Jake Owen song. The a cappella country quintet matches Owen's stripped-down, somber arrangement, removing the instrumentation and adding it back in with their vocal harmonies.
The video features clean shots of the band sitting in a simply-decorated room mixed with close-up footage of the members singing. In all of the scenes, movement comes from the camera rather than from the band members, highlighting the importance of the song's lyrics and harmonies.
The song was penned by Travis Meadows and Travis Jerome Goff; Home Free member Tim Foust composed the group's a cappella arrangement.
Home Free released its debut album, "Crazy Life," in 2014. The Minnesota-based group recently announced that they are set to make their Grand Ole Opry debut on July 17.
...at a Glance
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
- Group Bike Fun Ride, 6 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Fire Ant Festival, 6:30 p.m., Heritage Park, Ashburn
- Arts in Black Talent Show, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
- Fire Ant Festival, 8 a.m., Heritage Park, Ashburn
- Easter Egg Scramble, 10:30 a.m., EB Hamilton Complex, Tifton
- Arts in Black Festival, 11 a.m., Fulwood Park, Tifton
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