For the past 12 years every third and fourth week in September, The Courthouse grounds transform into a mega community fair and event. Known as September Saturdays, The festival draws packed crowds to the grounds where you can enjoy a day of family fun, food, entertainment from local schools and special guests and meet some community leaders and civic groups throughout the county. 2015 will of course be no different. This weekend marks the first weekend of the now annual late summer/early fall festival. Each day the festival runs from 11:30am to 6pm with movie on the lawn at 8pm. This Saturday September 19th will be Family Day. This will include a School Expo and Community Uniting to Bring Services Expo. The School Expo is all public schools in the county will have a booth set up to showcase their school pride, and even help raise funds for a special school project unique to each school. The Community Uniting to Bring Services Expo will feature local and state agencies and programs to help you in your everyday life.
In addition, there will be free train rides, a rock climbing wall, Monster Truck and Music machine, Carnival rides, and inflatables.
Featured entertainment this year will be from “Tree” Gordon of the Harlem Globetrotters on the courthouse stage at 5pm. Several schools will be performing for the festival in the hours before that. The schedule is as follows:
12 noon: Presentation of Colors by the U. S. Navy Sea Cadets with the National Anthem led by the Turner Middle School Chorus, followed by a concert by the Chorus.
12:30 p.m. New Manchester High School Chorus
1:00 p.m. South Douglas Elementary School Chorus
1:30 p.m. Arbor Station Elementary School Chorus
2:00 p.m. Calvary Youth Choir
2:30 p.m. Douglasville 1st United Methodist Church Choir
3:00 p.m. Winston Elementary School Chorus
3:30 p.m. New Mountain Top Baptist Church Choir
4:00 p.m. Chapel Hill High School Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Colonial Hills Christian School Chorus
5:00 p.m. “Tree” Gordon of the Harlem Globetrotters.
On the Marketplace from the County Communications office…”The Community marketplace will feature businesses, arts and crafts, churches, service organizations, colleges, sales, professional services, and much more – a great cross-section of Douglas County. The Food Court offers 10 delicious samplings of everything from pizza to popcorn, funnel cakes to ice cream, hot dogs to BBQ, and a lot more to tempt your taste buds. The Flint Hill Masonic Lodge will offer free computerized child ID services inside the Courthouse Atrium on the first floor, and Cobb and Douglas Public Health will conduct free and painless (cheek swab, no needles) HIV testing with results in 20 minutes in the Courthouse Atrium on the third floor. The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy will be holding a Used Book Sale next to the Eternal Flame. The Douglas County Animal Shelter will have on-site pet adoptions.” – Celebrate Douglas County.
Topping off the day will be a “Movie Under the Stars” at 8pm, this year’s feature is Disney’s Cinderella (2015). Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for this event.
Parking will be available in lots at the Transportation Center and the Woodie Fite Senior Center with a free shuttle to and from the festival all day.
Then on September 26, the fun repeats itself with a different theme, Hero’s Day. Come meet the everyday heros of Douglas County featuring law enforcement, Fire and EMS workers, The Touch- A- Truck experience and more! September Saturdays is Douglas County’s largest gathering, and we hope to see you and yours there!
Thanks again to Wes Tallon for the great info and details on this year’s festival.