The Union Recorder

June 6, 2014

First Friday Beach Bash adds tons of fun

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — For the third year in a row, the beach is making its way to downtown Milledgeville with more sand and fun than ever before.

First Friday Beach Bash is slated for today from 5 to 8 p.m.

"We've got a lot more sand and a lot more activity going on this time," said Carlee Schulte, Main Street director.

For starters, there will be literally tons more sand.

Instead of the usual 60 tons, this year there will be 80 tons of sand dropped in the post office parking lot.

"We also have brand new beach toys and a lot more activities for the kids," Schulte said.

The Crazy Dog Studio will be in attendance and ready to do some beach themed face paintings along with the ORMC Kids' Corner. The Kids' Corner will feature games, prizes and silly photo ops for the entire family to partake in.

This beach blast also comes with food essentials perfect for summer time fun.

Back for another First Friday is L.O.V.E for Haiti, selling snow cones to patrons.

Also, downtown restaurants will be offering dinner specials during the event.

"This First Friday is a good one to attend for a lot of dining out options," Schulte said.

The Local Yolkal Café and C&B Processing have teamed up to offer Steak Night. A special cut 10-ounce bacon wrapped filet from C&B Processing with baked potato, salad and dinner rolls will be available for $18.95.

They will also have $2 domestic beers and $3 glasses of wine. There is a very limited number of steaks so call 478-295-0098 to reserve your seat or send a message to the Local Yolkal Café on Facebook.

The Fall Line Farmers Market, held every First Friday, will feature Barnyard Baby Animals for children to pet and a Plant-a-Pot hands-on activity with Master Gardener Extension volunteers teaching children how to plant their own pot of veggies.

Music will be provided by Sandersville singer-songwriter Craig Hendricks, performing from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by E Moni Gospel Singers, performing from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Walter Reynolds with Z97.7fm will be providing summer music for beach goers as they enjoy everything an urban beach has to offer.

This event is entirely made possible by the generous donation of sand and delivery by Fowler Flemister and the Standard Sand Company as well as the tiresome clean-up handled by the City of Milledgeville, says Schulte.

"These sponsors and partners deserve a huge thank you," she added.

Schulte is anticipating a bigger crowd than in previous years due to the increased number of activities being offered during this Beach Bash.

"I think more people are learning more about First Friday and are coming out to see what it's all about," she said.

If weather conditions prevent First Friday Beach Bash from occurring, it will be re-scheduled for a date to be announced at a later time.

For more information on First Friday and the Beach Bash contact Schulte at 478-414-4014.