The Fayette Citizen-Weekend Page
Wednesday, August 19, 1998
Last Fling is fun for families

Staff Writer

Families suffering from terminal summer boredom, take heart! Peachtree City's 9th Annual Last Fling , scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., will lift you out of your seasonal doldrums and set you up for the start of school on Monday.

Billed as a "neighborhood party," the fling features games, food and headline entertainment around Shakerag Hill off McIntosh Trail

"It started nine years ago as the battle of the bands and has evolved into a day of family entertainment," said Bernice Wassell, Coordinator of Peachtree City's Commission on Children and Youth, the group charged with running the fling.

"The city has given us a $4,500 budget to run Last Fling."

"It's also one of the biggest opportunities for local nonprofit organizations to raise funds," Wassell added.

Groups such as Boy Scout Troop #181 will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and selling soft drinks. St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School will sponsor a cake walk, a new addition to the fling's roster of events.

The tornado booth with a funnel-full of prizes and the moonwalk will be returning features.

Fat City Skate is coordinating a BMX jump competition and a skate board demo.

"Kids wanting to participate in the skateboarding can pick up an application at Fat City," Wassell said.

Topping the entertainment lineup will be "Whippersnapper," a Peachtree City based band with a newly released CD entitled, "America's Favorite Pastime" They will be performing between 2 p,m. and 3 p.m. with "Humble Beginnings," a New Jersey band currently touring with"Whippersnapper."

For the younger set, the Peachtree City Fire Department clown troupe will perform. Their mission is to teach children about fire prevention and fire safety in an entertaining fashion.

The Sharpsburg Line Dancers and Rachel Ferguson's Cloggers are also on the program. Ferguson has taught dance for years through the city recreation department and her ensemble is always a crowd pleaser .

The McIntosh Drama Club will be weaving some fanciful tales in their story-telling tent starting at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Finally for the naturally inquisitive is the Flat Creek Nature Center, directed by Marsha Brown. The center, which has been operative for about a year, will offer nature tales and crafts.The center provides educational programs to youth and adults throughout the year.

Wassell said volunteers are still needed to help out with games and other jobs.Persons volunteering two hours or more will be awarded a free t-shirt.

For more information call 770-631-2542.

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