It’s another great weekend for outdoor events!
The Hydrangea Festival Sip and Shop kicks off Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. edt in Downtown Lagrange. There will be extended shop hours, food samples and wine tasting,street musicians and a hydrangea sale.
If you’ve been looking for a chance to take the kids out fishing – the 24th Annual Fishing Rodeo is Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. cdt in Auburn. Bait is provided and prizes will be given for the biggest fish caught in each category. Children 12 and under. $5 per child.
You can walk for a good cause at the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity 2nd Annual Walk of Faith Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. edt at the Rotary Park in Columbus.
On Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. edt, local musicians, food, children’s activities and face painting will all be present at the 40th Annual Arts in the Park in Weracoba and Lakebottom Park.
Or come hear country legend John Michael Montgomery at the Phenix City Amphitheater Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. edt. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. edt. Tickets in advance are $15. At the gate tickets are $20. Advanced purchases can be obtained through Xorbia.com or purchased at the Phenix City Parks and Recreation Office at 1500 Airport Road.
This weekend’s highlighted event is the Teen Challenge 5K and one mile fun run Saturday morning in Uptown Columbus. The fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. edt and the 5K at 9:00 a.m. edt.
All proceeds from the race will go toward Teen Challenge – which helps teens and adults with addiction.
Elizabeth Price is the program manager at the Teen Challenge of Columbus Women’s Home and a Teen Challenge graduate. She and her husband Jonathan Price both went through the program. Jonathan is also a program manager.
“It’s very important as we don’t like to turn anyone away. This is one of our major fundraisers and we have such a great involvement. Last year was our first inaugural race and we had almost 300 runners, so we’re looking to see more than that this year hopefully.”
All funds made through the Teen Challenge Thrift Store also go toward Teen Challenge programs which help people with life controlling problems like drug addiction and abuse get back on track.
“Through the Lord, through Jesus Christ absolutely, and through immense training and vocational work and school work and letting things be brought in the light so they can get healed from things and attention, you know, that helps so much,” says Price.
You can register for the Teen Challenge 5K online here or at Big Dog Running Company in Columbus on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. edt. Registration will also be available race day starting at 7:30 a.m. edt. Early registration for the 5K is $25, the one mile Fun Run is $15. Registration on race day is $30.