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Youth can rise to occasion at Emu-Fest

It's time for young people to step up to the plate and roll down the hill at the fourth annual Emu-Fest at the Old Frontier this coming Saturday.

This year's theme is "I Will Rise," which is based on a new Chris Tomlin song.

"It talks about being ready when the Lord comes to call us home and rising to the occasion when the Lord calls us to help people locally," said Chris Smith, the chairman of the Board of Directors for the Old Frontier. "So we're going to encourage the young people to be ready to step up to the plate when they are called to do something and not have to be begged to do something."

A new activity this year is barrel rolling, which Mr. Smith said is when the young people "just get in a big pipe and roll down the hill. It'd make me sick to my stomach, but they love it."

The water slide has expanded even more this year, and will accommodate inner tubes on two lanes. Other fun includes volleyball, tug-of-war, horseback riding, a dunking booth and greased-pig chasing, all for middle- and high school-aged youth.

Local praise bands from the Thomson First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church will play, along with other talent throughout the day. The featured speaker at 7 p.m. will be Russ Murphy of Nashville. After Mr. Murphy will be bands from Augusta called Sweet Fellowship and Curbside Project. Other speakers will be giving their testimonies throughout the day.

"It's going to be much more fun, more safe and more exciting," Mr. Smith said. "And we're just looking forward to it."

The fun begins at 2 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Admission, food and drinks are free. T-shirts will be available for $5. The Old Frontier is located on Old Milledgeville Road off of the Wrens Highway just South of Thomson. For more information, call (706) 533-2544.

Web posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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