The Mane Dawgs defeated the University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawks 17-2 during their last home meet of the 2016-2020 season. Family members and fans endured cold temperatures and harsh winds to cheer on the team at their home complex in Bishop, Georgia. The meet included the usual categories of fences, flat, horsemanship and reigning. After a sweeping win, the team celebrated their 15 outgoing seniors with a ceremony and gifts of commemorative plaques and flowers.
On Friday, January 24, 2020, faculty, students and guests gathered to look at and celebrate the art of the professors from this past semester. The supporters of art viewed the exhibitions placed throughout the building and multiple galleries, covering a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and Art X. The festivities included live music, drinks at the bar, and MFA student Luka Carter drawing personalized caricatures of guests. The night was full of lively conversation and laughter as well as intent observation and discussion of the incredible works of art.
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the mood was bittersweet and melancholy. This was one of the last meetings of the market at that location on West Broad Street, possibly ever. The location was voted by the school board to be renovated and used for the public schools in the area as a recreation/learning center and therefore will no longer be the spot of the universally enjoyed farmer's market. Attendance was steady, despite the smaller number of vendors, and conversations were full of emotion and bonding. Kids learned about the resident chickens and rows of crops to be harvested, regulars talked to their favorite vendors, and enjoyed food options for breakfast and lunch from "Big Easy" Mike and the famous Ms. Ethel. While the future of the market is uncertain, guests enjoyed what they had and have enjoyed for years in the community made there.
30th Annual Georgia National Fair, October 5, 2019
The bright morning sun rose above the fairgrounds as the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia celebrated the first Saturday of its 30th anniversary. The averaging tens-of-thousands of attendees daily enjoy the carnival rides, livestock shows, unique fair foods, and a variety of entertainment, such as concerts, animal shows, and a circus. The day concluded with a short but exciting firework show above the main lake. The fair serves many purposes; a culmination of work for 4H and FFA students with morning competitions; special family vacation; date night; or simply a friend hangout spot for locals. The fair lasts from October 3-13th.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated the NC State Wolfpack 3-1 at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia. The bulldogs won the first set easily, lost the next, and fought hard to take the last 2 sets amongst call challenges and a strong NC State offense. Coach Tom Black led the team calmly from the sideline, giving players advice and encouragement during time outs and between sets.
Oconee County's Parks & Recreation department partnered with Piedmont Athens Regional to host a 4th of July event and firework show at the Epps Bridge Center. Hundreds of Athenians attended, enjoying food, live music, tailgating, and a 30-minute long fireworks show to conclude the event. In only its second year, the event seemed to be quite a success.
AthFest celebrated its 23rd annual music festival in downtown Athens, with headlining artists like Walden, AFTM, The Orange Constant, and more, an artist market, and plenty of food, drinks, and cold treats to beat the heat. The 3 day festival attracted thousands of students and locals alike. Patrons were also allowed to bring their furry friends along to the festival despite the heat. Despite a small rain delay, the festival ran smoothly with little hiccups. Other standout performances included the 6-piece jazz-inspired band Misnomer, teen rock band Fish Bug, Ashley Walls at the main stage on Washington Street, the Hull Street stage, Flicker Bar, The Foundry, and more.
The Georgia Square Mall in Athens, Georgia held its annual spring carnival from May 24-June 9. Visitors could enjoy classic carnival rides such as the ferris wheel, bumper cars, carousel, and more, along with games, fair food and music.
Picadilly Farms Nursery & Gardens in Bishop, Georgia held the second part of its 27th annual Hellebore Days event on the weekend of March 8-9. The event included tours of the gardens and trails, led by owner Valerie Hinsely, who pointed out certain plants to attendees. Visitors could learn more about the farm's inventory of plants, including their signature Hellebores, or Lenten Rose, and learn about plant maintenance.