2017-10-04 / Society

47th annual Kolomoki Festival Oct. 14

Saturday, Oct. 14 is fast approaching, and with it this year’s Kolomoki Festival. An annual favorite in southwest Georgia, this full day of fun will go from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Kolomoki Mounds State Park, six miles north of Blakely.

Live entertainment begins with “A Taste of Swamp Gravy” at 10 a.m., followed throughout the day by musician Tanner Gleaton, A&A Dance and the Early County Middle School cheerleading squad. The Winged Ambassadors will offer flight demonstrations by live raptors; and presentations by the Flint RiverQuarium will feature live reptiles including a gopher tortoise, which is a keystone species at Kolomoki. And don’t forget the Kolomoki Festival Kornhole Tournament.

Kolomoki State Park is especially excited this year to present demonstrations by professional Flyboard Champion Kristen Smoyer. If you are wondering what the heck a flyboard is, imagine a jet-propelled hoverboard powered by a jet ski. Now you want to see it for yourself, right?

All-day activities will include arts and crafts vendors, boat tours of Lake Kolomoki, Native American craft demonstrations and an antique tractor parade.

The free children’s area will feature activities especially geared to the younger set, including the always-popular Imagination Playground.

And as always, there will be plenty of delicious food and drink available all day.

The daily Park Pass costs $5 per vehicle. Additional fees may apply for certain activities.

Festival t-shirts are on sale in Blakely at Hall Drug Company, First State Bank and Bank of Early. They can also be purchased at the Park office, and will be available at the festival.

For more details, visit Facebook (Kolomoki Mounds State Park) or contact the Park office at 229-724-2150.

The Kolomoki Festival is presented by the Friends of Kolomoki, a local chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Georgia’s state parks and historic sites.

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