Reynolds hosts the annual Strawberry Festival this weekend

Did you know Georgia has a strawberry season? The 10th annual Georgia Strawberry Festival celebrates the season this weekend in Reynolds, Ga.

The festival is Friday and Saturday in downtown Reynolds, which is about 40 miles west of Columbus at the intersection of Ga. 96 and Ga. 128.

Friday night activities are 5-11 p.m. with food and plenty of strawberries. Gospel Fest will feature New Grace, Trinity and Grafted by Grace. Long-time Reynolds physician, Dr. E.C. Whatley, will be honored for his community service.

Saturday begins with a 5-K Run for Literacy at 8 a.m. The downtown festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the Big Teddy Bear Parade featuring Reynolds S. Berry and children with their teddy bears. The grand parade follows with antique and classic cars, trucks, bands and units. Whatley is the grand marshal.

The booths feature more than 100 artists and craftsmen from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be music, a classic car show from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., plenty of food and strawberries for sale. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Old Book Sale is in the Flint Maintenance Building, the fine arts show in the foyer of the Flint Energies building and a photography show is in the Depot.

The Flint Energies Strawberry Cook-off in the Flint Energies Auditorium begins at 1 p.m.

Even though the festival ends at 5 p.m., stick around for the Lawn Mower Races.

Admission and parking is free.

For more information, call 478-847-5301 or go to www.ga-strawberry.org