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Laurel Summer Fest celebrates the end of the season
Barbecue, music and fireworks to entertain children and adults
Fireworks will explode above Laurel Park after dusk Sunday night as part of the Laurel Summer Fest.

Laurel Summer Fest

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Laurel Park, 3100 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Cost: $10 for both days

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As the end of summer draws near, Laurel Summer Fest aims to close the season with a bang — literally.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Hawgzilla 5K Mud Run at the park Saturday and ends with a live concert and fireworks Sunday night. In between, cooks will try to win in the Hawgin’ on Lanier KCBS BBQ Competition while adults can taste the food from food vendors and listen to live music.

Country Music Association award-winning artist MamaDear will perform at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Local favorite Riverstreet will close out the live music at 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday. Other musical acts include Tony Carroll & Micro; Austin Coleman; Cody Marlowe & The Dead Flowers; Sunnyside Blues Band; and songwriters with the John Jarrard Foundation.

A beer and wine garden and helicopter tours also will be available.

Children’s entertainment includes inflatables, field games and a splash pad.

Admission is $10. Children 12 and younger enter for free.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Hall County Animal Shelter’s Adoption Programs and the Gainesville Jaycees’ Gut Check program and Empty Stocking Fund. Gut check teaches young men discipline and leadership in a safe and structured, high-energy environment during three days in July. The Empty Stocking Fund provides Christmas to needy children in the Hall County Community.

A raffle also will be held to raise funds for the three Hall County firefighters who were injured during a training exercise July 22. Among the items being raffled off is a guitar signed by Kix Brooks, one half of famed country music duo Brooks & Dunn. T-shirts featuring the Hall County Fire Services patch and the words, “Hall County Strong” will also be available for purchase. The money raised by the raffle and T-shirt sales will go toward miscellaneous expenses the firefighters and their families may incur.

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