No Labor Day celebration would be complete without the annual Shriner’s Parade through downtown Douglasville on Monday.
The Labor Day parade, sponsored annually by the Sweetwater Shrine Club, pulls Shriners from throughout the United States to entertain spectators with their crazy cars, clowns and antics.
The parade lineup begins near Fairburn Road and Church Street at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m., according to parade director Joe Miller of the Sweetwater Shrine Club Douglasville and Masonic Lodge 289. The parade route runs along Church Street and ends at Rose Avenue.
This year’s parade grand marshal is retired Georgia State Patrol officer and Shriner Charlie Lott.
Following the parade, the focus turns to Hunter Park, where Douglasville Masonic Lodge F&AM 289 is scheduled to host its 49th annual barbecue.
According to Jason Pitts, lodge senior warden and barbecue chairman, the Masons will be selling barbecue throughout the day from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Barbecue costs $7 and comes as a plate or sandwich with stew, chips, bread and pickles. Drinks are $1.
In addition to the 1,200 pounds of barbecue to be sold, snow cones, face painting, Teddy bear assembly, inflatables, a dunk tank as well as other activities and booths will be set up, Pitts said.
“The goal is to have things to do for families,” he explained. “We would love to have the whole county come out and enjoy the day.”
Proceeds from this annual fund raiser enables the local Masons to provide financial support to the community, Pitts said, including local assistance and scholarships.
On Saturday, the Women’s Entrepreneurial Exchange (WEE) in conjunction with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department will host Fowler Fest at Fowler Field Park on Chapel Hill Road in Douglasville.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Trudy Holdman, organization founder.
Holdman’s organization partners with A Gift of Love charity to help support the work being done by Juanita Clay’s nonprofit organization in Douglas County.
Fowler Fest attendees are encouraged to bring instant oatmeal and grits to contribute to the organization — which supports a variety of children’s assistance programs in the community, Holdman said.
There will be hula hoop, jump rope, three-legged races and other games to keep the kids entertained. The event also promises an inflatable water park.
Numerous food and arts and crafts vendors will be onsite with their items for purchase, said Holdman.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department will bring out a variety of specialized vehicles, such as its command center, for viewing, and there will be a K-9 demonstration with one of Douglas County’s four-egged finest.
All activities except for the inflatables, are free and a raffle will be held with 100 percent of the proceeds going to A Gift of Love.
Holdman established this event “as an incentive to keep people safe and close to home.”