Big Fourth of July celebration planned
Steve Cortes said last week plans for the first Old Time Picnic at Harrison Park are falling into place — he just needs a few volunteers.
“I’m still looking for some mature teens and adults to work with the kids who will be playing games,” he said of this Saturday’s event from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. “We also need around three people to get in the (Ellijay) river and help catch ducks.”
The rubber ducks, whose purchase will go toward funding improvements at the park, will be numbered, and the first three ducks across the finish line in the river will win cash prizes: $250 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. Cortes said he’s purchased some badminton nets to help catch the quackers.
Because of the long holiday weekend stretching into Independence Day on Tuesday, Cortes said he’s expecting “hundreds” to turn out. And for good reason. Beside games and the duck race, the five-hour minifestival will feature live music from The Fort Mountain Boys and Signal 57, and food from Al’s Boiled Peanuts, kettle corn, and CR Auto Repair & Transmissions of Ellijay will sponsor a barbecue tent for sales of sandwiches and plates.
“Parents and grandparents can bring lawn chairs or blankets, eat barbecue and listen to music while the kids play games,” Cortes said.
Participants are welcome to bring their own picnic fare. For those feeling hardy, there’s also more than a mile of graveled walking trails in the 26-acre park to hike off the calories.
There will be limited parking at the venue, and more parking will be available at nearby Ellijay Primary/Elementary schools on McCutchen Street. For details or to volunteer, call Cortes at 386-852-0830.
Fourth of July celebration in downtown Ellijay
Independence Day in downtown Ellijay will be celebrated Tuesday with events from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the city’s River Street parking lot. Included are live music, contests, games and food.
The parade that begins at 6 p.m. will start on Sailors Drive off River Street and end at Ellijay Elementary School after circling the downtown square. Parade and vendor applications are available at WhimZ Boutique at 96 N. Main St. and Pets on Main at 198 N. Main St., or call Cortes at 386-852-0830.
Fireworks set off from behind Ellijay Primary School will begin at dusk.