It’s another fabulous weekend to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and there’s a lot going on this weekend!
This weekend’s highlighted event is Carnival Tragedy, A Centennial Remembrance. Come out to Riversdale Cemetery on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EDT in Columbus to hear about the 1915 carnival and passenger train crash.
There will be a wreath laying following the presentation. You can also enjoy costume re-enactors, cemetery tours, live music, food and a 1915 exhibit. The cost is $5 per adult and children under 12 get in free.
Ken Thomas is a historian and one of the event coordinators. He says, “This memorial here that’s shaped like a carnival circus tent is something that everybody looks at, it’s on the cemetery’s tour. I grew up being brought here by my grandparents to see the grave marker. And people talk about it. It’s unusual. It’s all over the internet and all over the world about this particular monument. We decided we wanted to explain the situation about what happened.”
Thomas adds that it’s also a great way for people to not only to learn about local history but about their own ancestors as well.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS & DETAILS:
Carnival Tragedy, A Centennial Remembrance
WHEN: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Riversdale Cemetery – 1000 Victory Drive, Columbus, GA
COST: $5.00 for adults, Kids under 12 free
Kayak the Hooch
WHEN: Sunday, 2:00 p.m. EDT (tour lasts 3-4 hours)
WHERE: Launch at Phenix City Amphitheatre
COST: $45 (includes all rental equipment and rides back to your car)
Contact Outside World Outfitters at (706) 322-4200 to sign up or for more info.
Fort Benning Oktoberfest
WHEN: Friday 4pm – Sunday 6pm EDT
WHERE: Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina – Fort Benning, Columbus GA
Dachtoberfest Doxie Races
WHEN: Saturday, 10am– 11am CDT
WHERE: 1150 South Gray Street – Auburn, AL
The Outside World: Family Campout at FDR
WHEN: Saturday, 1pm EDT
WHERE: FDR State Park – Pine Mountain, GA
To register, and get more information, call the FDR Park Office at (706) 663-4858
Haunted zip line, hayride and two towers or terror
WHEN: 8pm EDT Thursdays – Sundays
WHERE: Whitewater Express, Columbus GA
Big ToDo Concert Series
Featured Band: Radiolucent (Sweet Southern Rock n’ Roll)
WHEN: Friday, 7pm – 10pm EDT
WHERE: Uptown Columbus, GA