Fall Fun Weekend brings five times the excitement to downtown Douglasville

Douglasville’s most popular fall fun weekend returns Oct. 24 and 25 with an all-star lineup of entertainment. From Hot Rods on Main and the Google STEM Fair, to the Georgia Gravity Games, CAC Chili Cook-off, and the Douglasville Moonlight Run, downtown Douglasville will be packed with a variety of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The weekend will kick off Friday, Oct. 24 with Hot Rods on Main from 5 to 9 p.m. on Church Street and O’Neal Plaza. Revving with family-fun entertainment, the event will feature a hot rods and motorcycles showcase, vendors, and a concert by Douglasville’s own Noah Sampson. The acoustic singer has performed cover shows for Bruno Mars, Johnny Cash, Outkast, and Tom Petty. Sampson has also played with artists ranging from Afroman to Zac Brown and has traveled as far as Kodiak, Alaska to San Juan, Puerto Rico to pursue his music career. As a part of Hot Rods on Main festivities, the Google STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Fair will simultaneously take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Douglasville Conference Center.

“At no cost, attendees can tour the car show, enjoy live music, shop vendor booths, and learn about the fascinating science behind gravity-powered cars at the Google STEM Fair,” said Douglasville Main Street Manager April McKown.

To become a Hot Rods on Main sponsor, vendor, or to learn how to enter a vehicle in the car show, call 770-947-5920. There is a registration fee of $25 per vehicle to enter.

In preparation for racing at the Georgia Gravity Games, Mason Creek Elementary School fifth-grade science teacher Jill Lopez gives students hands-on instruction in building a soapbox car through STEM learning. A total of twelve fifth-graders, three students from each of the four homerooms participated.

In support of STEM education and to give local students the opportunity to share how they applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in building gravity-powered cars, the Douglasville Downtown Development Authority partnered with Google to create the Google STEM Fair. At the event, students will have the chance to showcase their racecar building accomplishments and discuss the science and problem-solving skills they used throughout construction. Additionally, the STEM fair will serve as a pre-event opening for the Georgia Gravity Games that will take place the following day.

“With a captivating display of cars and fascinating conversations held with students and other special guests, the STEM fair is sure to boost excitement for Saturday’s Georgia Gravity Games soapbox derby,” said Patrice Williams, Community Development Manager for the City of Douglasville.

Attendees can also enjoy a presentation by the Southern Polytechnic Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Motorsports Team about the importance of engineering and technology in building custom racecars.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, student racers will take their mark in downtown Douglasville to compete in the ultimate challenge of speed at the Georgia Gravity Games sponsored by Google in partnership with Georgia Tech and the City of Douglasville. For the ­first time in Georgia, the Gravity Games provides students with an educational, hands-on opportunity to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to build and race their own gravity-powered soapbox cars.

“Googlers love to give back in the places they live, work, and play. Since Douglasville is home to the data center, we look for ways to be a part of the community and provide educational and hands-on activities for students and their families that test craftsmanship and creativity. The Georgia Gravity Games does just that and we look forward to a great event,” said Jason Wellman, Operations Manager of the Google Data Center in Douglas County.

The Douglasville Police Department, the Douglas County Fire Department, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the downhill race adventure for a fun run. Others competing for the “fastest gravity-powered car title” include teams from Boy Scout Troop 62, Bremen High School, Chapel Hill Middle School. Douglas County Boys and Girls Club, Douglas County High School, Douglas Dental Studio, Douglasville Maintenance and Sanitation Department, Factory Shoals Elementary School, Fairplay Middle School, Lithia Springs High School, Mason Creek Elementary School, New Manchester High School, Russom Elementary School, and Turner Middle School. Along with bragging rights, winners of the Georgia Gravity Games will receive a trophy, a medal, and Google goodies. More information about the Georgia Gravity Games is available online at www.gagravitygames.com.

Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Kastl and Capt. Darren Shaw of the Douglasville Police Department discuss their soapbox car building progress with Russell Bonds of the Google Data Center. The Police Department will compete against the Douglas County Fire Department and Sherriff’s Office in a fun run at the Georgia Gravity Games.

Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Kastl and Capt. Darren Shaw of the Douglasville Police Department discuss their soapbox car building progress with Russell Bonds of the Google Data Center. The Police Department will compete against the Douglas County Fire Department and Sherriff’s Office in a fun run at the Georgia Gravity Games.

Downtown Douglasville will host two other popular events on Oct. 25 including the CAC Chili Cook-off from 5 to 9 p.m. on O’Neal Plaza, and the Douglasville Moonlight Run, the largest after-dark 5K and one-mile run in the Southeast, will begin at 7 p.m. on Church Street.

To learn more about these and other events taking place in the Douglasville area this fall, visit www.douglasvillecalendar.com.

 

 

 

 

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