A number of community-styled events are planned in and around Douglas County in coming days and weeks.

The Sweetwater Shrine Club Annual Labor Day Parade and 55th Annual Rudolph Harper BBQ is set for Monday, Sept. 4, in two locations in Douglasville.

The 10 a.m. parade is planned to run along Church Street in downtown Douglasville, beginning at Fairburn Road and ending at Rose Avenue. A barbecue sponsored by Douglasville Masonic Lodge 289 after the parade is set for Hunter Park,

Free participation in the parade can be done by emailing joemiller3555@bellsouth.net. For more information, call 470-262-5084.

The city of Villa Rica, Douglas County government and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are among those hosting some other events. They include:

GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL

The city of Villa Rica's annual Gold Rush Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Mill amphitheater.

The event is set to include an array of activities, including a 5K race, carnival, games and vendors. A parade begins at 10:15 a.m.

Live entertainment will begin at 4 p.m. with the bands Five Speed, Sailing to Denver, Shawn Mack Band and headliner Drivin’ ’N’ Cryin’

The Mill is located at 106 Temple St.

For more information, call 678-840-1440 or email sdupont@villarica.org.

COMMUNITY DAY

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a “Community Day Cookout” Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event is scheduled for the Clinton Park Nature Preserve at 8720 Ephesus Church Road near Villa Rica.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://sheriff.douglas.ga.us.

SEPTEMBER SATURDAYS

The annual September Saturdays festival is set for Sept. 23 and 30 on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive in Douglasville.

An estimated 30,000 people are anticipated to attend the festival over the two Saturdays, while more than 100 vendors and exhibitors are anticipated for the largest annual festival in Douglas County.

Vendor and exhibitor registration is available through the event web site, www.SeptemberSaturdays.com. Online registration is available or registration forms can be downloaded for completion and mailing.

Vendor information and registration packets may also be requested by calling 770-920-7593.

“The sole purpose of the festival is to bring our community closer together,” said organizer Wes Tallon, who is director of the county government’s Department of Communications and Community Relations.

Both days feature the Community Marketplace where individuals, churches, community organizations and businesses can host booths.

The festival will feature a children's play area with free inflatable games and slides; a free train ride; a free carnival ride; free rock climbing wall; and a lot more. Free concerts and programs are presented on the Courthouse steps every 30 minutes. The Festival Food Court features 10 food vendors, all of which have different offerings to tantalize taste buds. The Food Court is already sold out for 2017, Tallon said.

The Sept. 23 theme is “Family Day + School Expo + Jobs Fair.”

Family Day will also include booths from every school of the Douglas County School System that wishes to participate so they can show off their school programs, he said. Local businesses, industries and manufacturers will host job information booths at the festival so that visitors can learn of employment opportunities.

The Sept. 30 theme is “Heroes Day + the Touch-a-Truck Experience + Jobs Fair.”

“Heroes Day honors our everyday heroes – sheriff's deputies, firemen, EMTs, paramedics, 911 operators, military, veterans, reserves, and teachers. The Touch-a-Truck Experience presents an opportunity for the young and the young at heart to enjoy fire trucks and equipment, law enforcement vehicles and equipment, and military equipment,” Tallon said.

The festival is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday. Admission and parking is free.

Presenting sponsors include Douglas County and Georgia's Own Credit Union.

For more information, visit www.SeptemberSaturdays.com.

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