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Rubber Duck Derby, Vision 2030 block pARTy could be affected by weekend storms
Vision 2030 moving some events into Hunt Tower, not changing schedule
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Rubber ducks sprint toward the finish in Lake Lanier on Saturday, May 5, to begin the annual Rubber Duck Derby Fundraiser at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls clubs of Lanier. - photo by Layne Saliba

If you’ve got the Rubber Duck Derby or Vision 2030’s block pARTy on your calendar this week, the weather is going to be a factor.

Organizers of both events, the block party on Friday and the derby on Saturday, say they’re making some changes to their events because of thunderstorms rolling through Northeast Georgia in the next 72 hours.

The National Weather Service has a gloomy outlook on the next few days, posting a notice saying that there’s “chance of thunderstorms across the area Friday into early Monday, with the greatest coverage on Saturday and Sunday. A few storms could be strong and possibly severe with gusty winds and frequent lightning. Heavy rainfall will also be possible, especially across far north Georgia where localized flooding could occur.”

Rubber Duck Derby

Where: 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

When: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11; Festival at 3 p.m., derby at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6 p.m.

More info: www.duckrace.com/gainesville

So thanks for that, weather.

Friday’s party is moving ahead as scheduled in the Royal Space — the parking lot and open area between Hunt Tower and Collegiate Grill on Main Street — but some of the event is likely moving indoors under threat of rain.

“We will have the art and band inside Hunt Tower and there will be a large tent connected to the building so people can go outside and stay covered,” said Whitney Brown, one of the organizers of the downtown party. “The food trucks will be pulled right up to the tent so people can access them without being out in the rain.”

The party includes Atlanta-based food truck Yumbii, alcohol from Tap It and music by Fire & The Knife. Tickets cost $35 and are still available, and attendees can pay by cash, card or check at the door.

Keep an eye on the party’s Facebook page and Instagram for updates.

Vision 2030 block pARTy

What: A downtown party and art auction

When: 6-10 p.m. May 10

Where: Hunt Tower, Gainesville

How much: $35

Contact: www.vision2030blockparty.com

Meanwhile, Rubber Duck Derby organizer Regina Gore said a final decision about the Saturday event, which is scheduled to last most of the day, won’t be made until 9 a.m. Saturday.

However, organizers will give an update on their plans Thursday afternoon.

Both events are major fundraisers for their causes; the Rubber Duck Derby raises a huge sum for the Boys and Girls Club of Lanier and the Vision 2030 block pARTy raises cash for public art. Its first project was just installed at the Sardis roundabout.

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Copper sculptures are installed at the Sardis Road roundabout on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The sculptures are a part of the Vision 2030 public art committee effort. - photo by Austin Steele

And up in Lula, the North Hall community is moving ahead with its Railroad Days festival Saturday, May 11, rain or shine.

Lula Mayor Jim Grier said there are no changes to the location or time of the festival, which is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5959 Athens St. in Lula.

This report has been updated from its original version.

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