Upcoming Special Events

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Stocked Cart Race

Runners, start your engines for the wackiest, most fun event of the year!  Our annual Stocked Cart Race is basically a 50-yard dash where runners push decorated shopping carts.  Businesses, schools, churches, families, and groups of friends enter as teams.  Teams are given one shopping cart each to decorate and race. We have a double elimination bracket and race head to head until we have a fastest cart.

The most important part of the event: the entry fee is food for Hungry at Home.  Each team must bring at least $25 of food (no money, please).  The more food, the better as we hand out awards for most food raised, best decorated cart, and fastest cart. Hungry at Home is a Second Harvest of South Georgia program.  It sends food home on Fridays with kids who don't have enough to eat on the weekends. All donated food must be kid-friendly and not require a can opener or stove.
Best types of food:

  • pop top Chef Boyardee meals, pop top tuna kits
  • vienna sausages
  • granola bars, oatmeal packets, individual mini cereal boxes
  • jars of peanut butter, boxes of raisins, etc.  

WHAT: The Stocked Cart Race- a food drive and shopping cart race.
BRING: Decorations for your cart (whatever theme you choose), at least $25 of food, a cheering section, a FAST runner
WHO: Businesses, clubs, churches, families- anyone is welcome to enter a team!
WHERE: Lowes Home Improvement side parking lot on Norman Drive (behind Zaxbys)
WHEN: Saturday, November 6th; Check in & cart decorating starts at 9:00 AM; Race starts at 10:00 AM; done by 11:00 AM
WHY: To raise food for hungry kids in our community- and to have TOO much fun!


2021 Stocked Cart Race Flyer
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july 4th fireworks

VLPRA is proud to offer the largest fireworks display in South Georgia!  The show is on Monday, July 4th around 9:15 PM.  To watch the awesome display, park in the mall area or anywhere between exits 16 and 18 off I-75 and look west toward Brooks County.  

The show is free to watch.  

If rain cancels the show, we will shoot the fireworks off Monday the 5th instead.


WHO: Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority
WHAT: VLPRA’s Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
WHEN: Monday July 4th, 2022 at around 9:15 PM
WHERE: Mall Area
HOW MUCH: Free to watch


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Types of Events

Movies in the park

VLPRA offers free movies in our parks and public places in Valdosta & Lowndes County throughout the year. Movies are usually family friendly features with G and PG ratings and we often show big name blockbusters from Disney and Pixar.  We sometimes offer a PG-13 film for an older audience.  We show the movies on our massive inflatable 20-foot screen starting at dusk.  Please check above for individual dates.

INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS

VLPRA is proud to offer the largest public fireworks display in South Georgia.  Our fireworks are always on July 4th and start between 9:15 PM - 9:30 PM.  The location is TBD.

VLPRA/MOody afb fishing rodeo

VLPRA partners with Moody Air Force Base each year to offer our annual Fishing Rodeo.  Anyone can fish, but the competition is open to 5-18 year olds in separate categories.  The rodeo is usually held in September or October of each year at a minimal cost with live bait provided.  We have a category for bank fishing and for boat fishing. 

Stocked Cart Race

Runners, start your engines for the wackiest, most fun event of the year!  Our annual Stocked Cart Race is basically a 50-yard dash where runners push decorated shopping carts.  Businesses, schools, churches, families, and groups of friends enter as teams.  Teams are given one shopping cart each to decorate and race. We have a double elimination bracket and race head to head until we have a fastest cart.

The most important part of the event: the entry fee is food for Hungry at Home.  Each team must bring at least $25 of food (no money, please).  The more food, the better as we hand out awards for most food raised, best decorated cart, and fastest cart. Hungry at Home is a local non-profit that sends food home on Fridays with kids who don't have enough to eat on the weekends.  All donated food must be kid-friendly and not require a can opener or stove.  Think: pop top Chef Boyardee meals, granola bars, oatmeal packets, pop top tuna kits, vienna sausages, raisins, etc.  Find out more about Hungry at Home at their website: www.hungryathome.org.

Father/Son Campout

Go camping in the outfield!  Boys ages four and up can spend the night on the South Lowndes Ball Field with their father or adult male family member at this overnight event.  Activities include a cookout, games, s'mores, night baseball, and a movie on the backstop.  Dinner is provided Friday night and breakfast is provided Saturday morning.  Bring your own tent and bag chairs; tent set up begins at 6:00 PM Friday.  Space is limited.  Event typically happens in the fall.  Fees are TBD.

Six Days of Christmas

VLPRA's Six Days of Christmas features six days of holiday fun spread out through the month of December.  We show movies, have a free Christmas concert, eat a catered meal with Santa Claus, create gingerbread cookie masterpieces, and cap it off with an Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K.

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