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I’m not one to get on rides that drop, flip, spin, twist, go fast or go high.  So what would be the point of going to the Georgia-Carolina State Fair you might ask?  Well, I love Fair food.  Who can resist a delicious plate of funnel cake covered in powdered sugar? Not me!

 I also enjoy the smells of all the fair food-cotton candy, nachos, sausage dogs, candy apples, vinegar fries, and so much more.  This year I tried my first Grilled Turkey Leg.  It was really, really good but was so huge I couldn’t finish it.

 I may not ride, but I will play games.  There’s just something about the possibility of winning a stuffed animal the size of a small person. My son tried to win me the big prize, but we weren’t very successful this time.

There’s always next year…and plenty more fair food!

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On a fall Saturday, my husband and I, along with our neighborhood friends decided to check out Steed’s Dairy Farm.

This is the perfect place to bring the entire family for a fun filled day with lots of fun activities and sites to see!

Steed’s Dairy is a working farm, right in Augusta’s backyard.

This farm is complete with cows, cornfields, a five acre corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, and plenty of activities for the kids. Just to name a few: slides, corn kernel sand box, face painting, jumping pillow, and much more! We enjoyed our time out there and I thoroughly enjoyed the delicious boiled peanuts-a fall favorite! They have a great concession stand that includes Chick -fil-a! You can enjoy your eats and treats under their pavilion picnic.

I recommend you make Steed’s Dairy your new fall family tradition, and don’t forget your camera!!!

Steed’s Dairy
4634 Wrightsboro Road
Grovetown, GA 30813
706-855-2948

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On Saturday, we ventured to the Putt-Putt Fun Center for a little family-fun in Augusta. It was a blast! William, 4 years old, really enjoyed himself. I now understand why they call it the Putt Putt Fun Center, because it was more than just Putt Putt. After a rousing 18 holes of miniature golf, we played next in the indoor playplace with the usual slides, rope ladders and tunnels – all air-conditioned. Then it was a break for some pizza and ice-cream. After lunch, we decided to explore the boats! Yes, they have boats. And it does not matter what kind it is – a boat is a big deal to a kid.

But the small addition of a water gun on the dash of the bumper boat – meant it was even more fun. We finished the adventure with 10 tokens in the arcade. It was just the right amount of tokens for a 4 year old. They also had batting cages, but it think we will save that for when William is a little older. All-in-all, it was a great kid-friendly experience that even the adults enjoyed.

Putt-Putt Fun Center
3763 Martinez Blvd.
Martinez, GA 30907
(706) 868-0083

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 10 am – Midnight
Sunday 11 am – Midnight

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I recently got married in my hometown of Augusta, GA. While planning a wedding takes lots of time, and can be stressful-it was worth it in the end!

There are so many places to choose from to get married in Augusta. The city offers many churches, downtown venues, historic sites, hotels, and even an old firehouse. My family hosted my bridal brunch at the beautiful and historic Partridge Inn. This is a Southern hotel that dates back 100 years and is still the splendor of the South!

We decided to have our rehearsal dinner at Enterprise Mill, located downtown on the Augusta Canal. This was the perfect place to enjoy the historic mill, while also enjoying the sites of the canal.

We chose the church I grew up in, The Hill Baptist Church, located in Summerville, for the ceremony site. Last, we decided on The River Room located on the Savannah River in historic St Paul’s Church for our reception site. We wanted to incorporate as many features that Augusta has to offer.

There are also many wonderful vendors to choose from when deciding who to use for your caterer, cake, flowers, band/DJ, photographer/videographer, wedding dress/tux, gifts for your attendants and everything else! Also, here at the Augusta CVB we can help you with reserving hotel rooms for your out of town guests at a discounted rate, and help with locating a venue for any of your wedding events.

So, if you or someone you know is thinking about getting married here in Augusta, the opportunities are endless and I can assure you, you will be happy with any choice here in Augusta. Happy Wedding Planning!!!

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The first time I heard about a new event called the ‘Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que’ that was happening on Memorial Day weekend I knew it was going to be great. The name is so original and catchy.  The Banjo-B-Que is all about bluegrass music and barbeque, and so much more! 

How can you beat a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned barbeque cook off?  There were over 20 teams cooking for days to see who had the best chicken, ribs and pulled pork. As we walked in the gates all we could smell was sweet, sweet meat. A good number of teams cooked enough to be able to sell some of their barbeque for people to try.  I think by the end of the day we tried meat from 3 or 5 different teams, along with boiled peanuts and other culinary delights. I was in heaven!

The promoters of the Banjo-B-Que stated that it was perfect for folks of all ages and they were right.  There were carnival rides and games for kids, and even a petting zoo. 

There was also several food tents with cotton candy, funnel cakes and fried goodies, and for the grownups there were plenty of beer tents, so we were never far from refreshments.

I also got to experience something I never had before…pig races!  Throughout the day they had little piggies running around a miniature racetrack.

I learned that the pigs were in hot pursuit of Oreo cookies.  Seriously, that is what they race for!

They even had a swimming pig.  His name is ‘Swifty’ and apparently he’s a big deal on the pig race circuit.

Another highlight of the day was all the great music.  The lineup was fantastic!  I think the bluegrass musicians we saw were quite talented, and great sports considering that it rained on and off during the last three sets.

We got to see Chatham County Line, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ricky Skaggs.  Their styles of bluegrass are each a little bit different, but all of them were fantastic!  I was especially excited to see Ricky Skaggs since he is such a legend in the country music world, and he did not disappoint!

Even though it rained a little bit, the whole day was really enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what is in store for next year!

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What a great afternoon experience in Augusta, Georgia! Grandmother and I took the boys to the Augusta Symphony Children’s Concert on a Sunday afternoon. Maestro Z prepares a special concert, just an hour long, for children. He encourages them to get up and walk around to see the instruments up close. He explains the music and makes fun selections. This concert was based on movie and television scores – which did include a few cartoon favorites.

My kids were mesmerized for about 45 minutes.

The afternoon crescendo was a stop for ice-cream at Bruster’s.

What a great family afternoon in Augusta!

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There’s nothing better than being outside in the Springtime in the South.  Recently my 6 year old little boy, Brandon, and I went for a nice, easy bike ride along the tow path of the Augusta Canal.  We parked at the headgates where the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River meet and the Canal begins.  A nice pedestrian bridge let’s you walk your bikes across the canal for easy access to the flat dirt path.  For a while the bike or walking trail runs in between the Savannah River and the Canal, talk about beautiful scenery.   There is so much to see and take in all around you.  It was fun for Brandon and me to spot the yellow-belly sliding turtles sitting on logs as we rode.  Every we time we stopped for a water break we could see those turtles sunning and just hanging out.  There were so many of them it was hard to keep count.

Another beautiful spot that feeds into the Canal is this waterfall; recent renovations to this area have made getting to this spot much easier and it is as picturesque as you can get.  I would have taken a million photos of Brandon here if he would have just stayed still a little longer!

Brandon and I only rode for probably a mile or so before he was ready to call it quits, but the path along the Canal is 8 miles one way, so if you’re up for a nice little jaunt, up and back is a good ride.  And if you’re a cycling enthusiast you can continue to ride from the Canal onto a couple of different cycling trails.  Bike paths in Columbia County, GA actually lead into the headgates and from the downtown Augusta section of the Canal you can easily access North Augusta, South Carolina’s Greenway.

Anyway you choose to explore it or get out and ride in Augusta on the Canal you’re guaranteed to enjoy the warmth of the season, nature, and create great memories along the way.

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