Valdosta Daily Times

March 23, 2014

Rodeo Lake Park a big event this week

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Community, chamber and business leaders in Lake Park have been working for months on their first-ever Rodeo Lake Park, which takes place next weekend, Friday and Saturday, at Raisin’ Cane on Newsome Road.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

You’ll get to see bareback bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, cowgirls barrel racing and much more.

This week has activities leading up to the weekend event, including a volunteer and sponsor dinner Tuesday night and the Rodeo Queen pageant on Thursday night.

If you haven’t been to a rodeo, this is a great time to go.

If you’re a huge rodeo fan, you need to attend to cheer on local contestants and Lake Park in their first endeavor. And if you haven’t visited Raisin’ Cane yet, then it’s definitely time you did.

A small community can do great things when everyone comes together, and Lake Park folks are definitely coming together for this event.

Support the rodeo this week in Lake Park!

Business Roundup

Hip Hop Fish and Chicken opened their second location last week on North Ashley Street. It’s in the former Taco Bell building, next to the new Taco Bell. The restaurant’s other location is on South Patterson Street right after the overpass. You definitely will not leave there hungry.

The building site for the new Flash Foods on North Ashley is being cleaned up where the former hotel was demolished. And the demolition at the former Regions Bank location at the corner of Inner Perimeter and North Valdosta Road is just for the drive-through area. The building is being renovated for a new Wells Fargo office and the Starbucks will construct its own new building on another portion of the large lot.

Across from there, beside the Chick-fil-A, the construction on the new Kaufman Tires is moving along.

The new bread store on Bemiss Road under construction will be a Flowers bakery outlet.

Gondolier’s on Norman Drive still hasn’t announced its official opening date yet, but I understand they are on target for an April opening still, which is good news for all those anticipating the new restaurant’s arrival.

Baytree Pizza is making its move to Valdosta Mall, to the former Ruby Tuesday’s location, over the next several weeks. They are currently renovating the former restaurant and will let us know when they’re ready to reopen.

Soon, a new Sephora store will be located inside JC Penney in the Valdosta mall, in addition to the new Ulta store which is being built in the former McAllister’s Deli location.

Both are cosmetic specialty stores.

On Baytree next to the Remerton Mill Plaza is the location for the new Daylight Donuts. They are really working hard on renovations, so it will be a few weeks before they’re open there for business.

Don’t forget about the grand opening on April 3 at 8 a.m. of the Sam’s Club expansion. It should be a really big celebration.

With Ashley Cinemas' closure, VSU hasn’t yet decided what to do with all of the property, but the indoor softball facility in the parking lot area is finished.

Valdosta State is also preparing to dedicate the new Health Sciences and Business Administration building in April, with a host of dignataries in attendance.

The Boys and Girls Club is also preparing to celebrate its 70th anniversary with Gov. Nathan Deal coming to town on Tuesday, April 1 to commemorate the historic occasion.

A new restaurant, It’s All Good, recently opened on Martin Luther King Drive offering ribs and other Southern cooking specialties.

It looks like there is a new pet interment service on North Patterson Street near McLane Funeral Home.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!