Bands, beer, boats, and bounce houses. A cornhole tournament. Wine, water, and soda pop.
Teams that build, decorate, and paddle boats while you watch and listen to live music. Barbeque, hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream.
Does that sound like a party? It’s the inaugural Flatwater Festival fundraiser on Friday, June 2.
The Flatwater Festival, a fundraiser for community projects supported by the three Rotary clubs of Oak Ridge, will be held from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday, June 2, on the peninsula of Melton Lake Park. Admission to the festival is free, and $5 per person will be charged for unlimited time at the bounce house and obstacle course.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to Emory Valley Center in memory of Dr. Gene Caldwell, a pediatrician, state lawmaker, EVC fundraiser, and Rotarian. The rest will support the diverse community service projects of the Rotary clubs.
Area bands Ridge City Ramblers, The Unnamed, and Four Leaf Peat will play folk, blues, and Irish/Appalachian music on the stage, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Enter the cornhole tournament for $10 and hone your skills for the upcoming State Tournament in Oak Ridge on June 16 and 17. In this game, small beanbags are tossed toward a hole at one end of an inclined wooden platform. The winner at the festival will receive a custom-made cornhole board set.
B&B Barbeque, Untamed Kitchen, and Razzleberry’s will sell barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and “flat” water will also be sold.
A supervised play area with inflatable bounce houses and an obstacle course will be enticing to kids and adults of all ages.
Watch the Build-a-Boat demonstration where teams build and decorate plywood boats on the spot using only hand tools, caulk and nails. The boats will then be paddled on Melton Lake – if they float! See the video of a plywood boat race, also available on the Flatwater Festival page on Facebook.
The three Rotary clubs of Oak Ridge are presenting the event. Check the Flatwater Festival page on Facebook for updates and more information, including how to make a tax-deductible donation.
“Plan to come out and join us as we welcome the summer with a fun evening for the whole family!” said Emily Jernigan, festival committee chair and president of the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release and photos were submitted by Carolyn H. Krause.
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