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BUZZELL: There’s plenty to do to welcome spring

A spring fling of sorts begins April 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International City Family Fun Day hosted by the Warner Robins Recreation Department at Tanner Park, 200 Carl Vinson Parkway. There will be sack races, face painting, relay races, tug-of-war challenges and music and fitness events. Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms will even be on hand to host a candy toss. Family Fun Day is a free event for the entire family offering service provider booths, diaper derbies and tot trots for the very young. For complete information contact the Programs Office at 478-293-1080.

The 27th annual Dogwood Festival in “Beautiful, Historic Perry” will be held April 11-12, featuring the Hot Air Balloon Rally, Fine Arts & Crafts Show, Ultimate Air Dogs and so much more, from golf to fishing. The opening April 10 includes the Dogwood Open Golf Scramble at Cherokee Pines and Fitness Club with shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Wet Noses & Wine Italian Night at 6 p.m. Presented by Canine Clubhouse, the all-you-can-eat Italian spread also features Red Barn Wines. Dogs are welcome on the patio, weather permitting. Call 478-397-8144 for more details or to register for the golf tournament.

In keeping with the doggy theme, the Peach Blossom Cluster All Breed Dog Shows will be held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds from April 8 through April 12, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. This show is the largest AKC All Breed Dog show in the Southeast. For more information, visit or call 478-988-6600 during show hours.

The Dogwood Festival 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run will start at the corner of Evergreen and Main Street in Perry April 11. The run is sponsored by Elite Sport & Spine Physical Therapy and winds through the Perry community of scenic neighborhoods. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the race start at 8 a.m. For applications visit or call 478-988-8852.

Kiwanis International Club of Perry will host a Festival Flapjack Fundraiser on April 11 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Perry United Methodist Church, 1001 Carrol St. The fundraiser supports local youth by providing college scholarships to more than 15 students each year from Perry. For more information, call 478-988-5319 or email

More Dogwood Festival events continue throughout the weekend with DOGwood Play at Rozar being the site for Mutt Maze, Musical Sit, Recall Race, Lure Course, Paw Print Trail and Canine Awards. The event is free to the public and sponsored by Friends of Perry Animal Shelter. More information may be obtained by visiting or by calling 478-988-7854.

Rounding out the weekend events for the Dogwood Festival will be Echoes of Evergreen, a cemetery drama featuring the history of Perry. The Perry Area Historical Society & Perry High School Drama Department invite the public to gather from 2-4 p.m. April 11 at Evergreen Cemetery on Main Street in Perry. For more information, visit or call 478-224-4442. Admission is free.

The 13th annual Perry Rotary Club Fishing Tournament will also take place April 11 with weigh-in at 3:30 p.m. at the Go Fish Education Center, 1255 Perry Parkway, Interstate 75 exit 134. The bass fishing tournament invites you to fish any body of water and weigh in the three largest fish. Email or visit for more information.

The Dogwood Festival wraps up April 12 with the third Annual Go Fish Kids Fishing Derby, also held at the Go Fish Education Center. Kids can catch and release tagged fish to win prizes. For more information call Discover Perry at 478-988-8000 or visit

And don’t forget the spring Warner Robins Community Concert Association performance April 12 featuring Miguel Castro and Saoco Percussion. The concert will be held at First United Methodist Church, 205 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins at 3 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or