Weekend event roundup: Visit the fair, run for a cause, taste local cuisine and more

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 18, 2013 

Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com Setup for the Annual Greater Columbus Fair 2013.

With temperatures predicted to hang out in the 70s all weekend, there's plenty going on across the Chattahoochee Valley to get you and your group out of the house.

It looks to be partly cloudy the next few days, but the chance for rain is miniscule.

Here are some options for things to do this weekend:

Greater Columbus Fair: There are two days left in the fair, which is being held at the Columbus Civic Center. Visit the fair from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. today. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for seniors children ages 3-9. Guests 2 and younger are free. Hours for Sunday are 2 p.m.-midnight and it's "Family Day." Bring the front page of the Sunday Columbus Ledger-Enquirer for buy one adult admission, get one adult admission free. Otherwise, admission is $7 adults, $2 seniors and children (ages 3 to 9) and free for guests 2 and younger.

Lee County Historical Fair: Syrup Sopping Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT today, Pioneer Park, Loachapoka, Ala. Featuring: weaving/cloth-making demonstrations, musical entertainment featuring hammered and mountain dulcimers, banjos and guitars, herb garden and crops garden, bread and soap making, fireplace and outdoor cooking, and more. Food and refreshments for purchase. $3 adults; children 12 and under, with adult, free. 334-887-2255.

Zumba for a Cause: A great workout with proceeds to benefit Hope Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter, 9-11 a.m. today, at the Liberty Cultural Arts Centre, 813 Eighth Ave. Hosted by Sigma Lambda Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta. $5 pre-sale/$7 day of event. Bring a towel and bottled water. 256-783-9334.

Uptown's Market Days: 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday through Nov. 30, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway. Purchase produce, crafts, baked goods and artwork by local vendors. 706-596-0111.

The 36th Annual Historic Distric Preservation Run: This Columbus event includes a 10K, 5K and 1-mile races. Proceeds support the preservation of the Original Historic District. Meet today at Keep Columbus Beautiful House, 685 Front Ave. Packet pickup and registration will be held 7-7:45 a.m., 1-mile Fun Run starts at 8 a.m., 10K and 5K races start at 8:30 a.m. Race-day registration is $15 for 1-mile race, $25 for 10K and 5K.

Foodie Fest: Sample food and drinks from local restaurants, vendors and food trucks during this event. It's 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today at Woodruff Park, 1000 Bay Ave. in downtown Columbus. Cost is $10 at the door. Ticket price covers entry only. Food, drinks and other activities will be available for a separate charge.

Crazy Crawfish Festival: This inaugural event will be held noon-9 p.m. today at Front Porch of the South, 7607 Veterans Parkway in Columbus. Admission is $10, free for guests 12 and younger. Military guests with ID get half-price admission. Expect inflatables, food, music, arts, crafts and more. After-party will be held at Butler's Cabin. Visit crazycrawfishcookoff.com for more details.

Arts on the River: View artists' creations during this event, which will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today on the 1100 block of Broadway in downtown Columbus.

Wildlife Walk: Hike along the nature trails at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road in Columbus. You'll learn how to identify certain plants and trees that are located along the trail. It's 10 a.m.-11 a.m. today. Cost is $2 per person, free for guests 3 and younger. 706-507-8550.

The Quarantine Haunted Theme Park: This attraction, held at 901 Veterans Parkway, boasts "over 40,000 square feet of pure terror that will have you screaming at the top of your lungs in fear." Scary themes vary by day. Hours are approximately 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Doors open 6 p.m., scare starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10-$30. Contact 706-593-3777.

Pope's Haunted Farm: This Salem, Ala., attraction includes a hayride, a haunted barn and a haunted forest. Attend one event for $13, two events for $20 and three events for $25. Hours are 7:30-11 p.m. today, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2. It's open 7:30-10 p.m. EDT Oct. 27. Visit popeshayride.com for directions and more information.

Carriage rides: Take a carriage ride around The Landings and check out all the scarecrows on display for the Annual Scarecrow Contest. Rides are free but tips for the driver are appreciated. Available today from 6 to 9 p.m. and next Friday and Saturday at the same time.

Picnic with the Tortoises: Bring your family and hang out with the tortoises at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. It's 1 p.m. Sunday and admission is free. Lettuce to feed the tortoises costs $1.

New exhibit at National Infantry Museum: A new traveling exhibit honoring the 200 Georgians killed in combat since 9/11 will make its debut Sunday at the National Infantry Museum. Family members and friends of the fallen Soldiers will attend the public, statewide dedication of "Remembering Our Fallen" at 2 p.m. in the museum's Grand Hall. The guest speaker will be Maneuver Center of Excellence Armor School Commandant COL Leopoldo Quintas. Georgia is the 11th state selected for the "Remembering Our Fallen" program. The exhibit, featuring photographs and tributes to each of the honored service members, will remain in Columbus through Nov. 2.

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