Columbia County festival to offer family fun



Columbia County’s annual Masters Week celebration is featuring family fun Wednesday, April 10.

The Family Day of the Columbia County Champion­ship Festival will be from noon to 8 p.m. at Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.

“We’re trying to make it a long, special free day that kids and families can enjoy,” said Jim Freudenberg, the president and CEO of The Savor Society, which is producing the three-day festival.

Free activities include inflatables, children’s rides, giant slides, rock climbing walls and a petting zoo from noon to 6 p.m. The Savor Society will sell picnic meals, and other concessions also will be available.

Freudenberg invites families to bring blankets and enjoy musical entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lady Antebellum Pavilion in the park. The event ends with a fireworks display after 8 p.m. 

The festival precedes Fund the Boom, a private evening event to raise funds for the annual Armed Forces Day Thunder Over Augusta fireworks show.

“It is such an incredible event for the military in that community in May,” Freudenberg said.

Fund the Boom will feature guest speaker Rudy Guiliani and acoustic musical entertainment from Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies. It will include a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Tickets cost $100 and are available at Windsor Jewelers and at columbia

The family festival follows the annual Rock Fore! Dough concert Tuesday at the park. Country artist Chris Young with special guest Brent Cobb will perform Thursday night benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform Friday.

Tickets for those concerts are available at the Web site. Lynyrd Skynyrd tickets also can be purchased at Kirkland’s Flooring in Evans.

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