Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 2, 2012

OutdoorFest: New name, same tradition

VALDOSTA — The name has changed but the spirit remains the same. This weekend, Lakeland and Lanier County host the OutdoorFest, formerly known for the past several years as Georgia’s Deep Woods Deer Fest. As it has in the past, this festival features outdoor activities and equipment, special guests and the main attraction: a bountiful wild-game supper.

Name change or not, this event seems to grow each year, but the story of how it came to be never grows old.

Organizers created the Deer Fest to fund the move of the old Lanier County High gymnasium from Downtown Lakeland to the city limits on Highway 221.

Deer Fest did its job, raising the thousands of dollars to quarter the old brick building, hoist those segments onto the backs of four large trucks and haul them to the edge of town.

Deer Fest proceeds paid for splicing the old gymnasium back together in its new location. Those raffles and wild-game supper tickets funded converting a gymnasium into an arts center.

The old gym became the Jim and Mary Threatte Art & Civic Center. A few years ago, organizers held the Deer Fest in the new building, creating a triumphant moment. The fundraiser to make an arts and civic center possible was at last being held in the center it had funded to create.

It’s a beautiful facility, too. Take some time this Saturday and visit the Jim and Mary Threatte Art & Civic Center. Look around, enjoy the sights and marvel at the dedication it took to accomplish the building’s Big Move and conversion.

But don’t forget to eat amidst all that marveling!

The Eighth Annual OutdoorFest (formerly Deer Fest) will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Threatte Center campus, 209 S. Highway 221, Lakeland.

1
Text Only
What We Think
  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results