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Bainbridge's River Town Days Festival moved to Bill Reynolds Sports Park

Posted at 6:21 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 18:21:44-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) — Bainbridge's River Town Days Festival will still happen on Saturday, only this year it will be held at Bill Reynolds Sports Park.

The flooding in Georgia is sparking concern and forcing people to change their plans.

At last check, the water is at about 30 feet, the highest it's been in about 10 years.

The Bainbridge River Town Days Festival was supposed to take place at the Earle May Boat Basin this weekend. Due to the flooding, organizers were forced to change location.

River Town Days Festival has been a tradition in the community for 16 years.

The two-day art and entertainment festival brings thousands of people to Bainbridge.

"River Town Days is probably Bainbridge's biggest event," Lauren Minor, the Chamber of Commerce president. "Its our yearly festival, It started as a way for local business owners came and gave back to the community that supported them.

Minor says they have spent almost a year planning and putting together the festival.

"A lot of planning goes into an event of this size," Minor said. "So having to move our offices and an event in a few days, and turn everything on its head makes us busy."

Minor isn't the only one feeling flooding impacts from the Flint River. About 40 miles north of Bainbridge is Baker County.

Ennis Parker has lived there all his life, and says this type of flooding happens quite often.

"Ever since I was born in 1950 we've seen this happen, oh, I don't know how many times," said Parker. "I would say at least ten to fifteen times."

Both small towns know how important it is to count their blessings and find the silver lining in the midst of chaos.

"Friends and family and other people come together during this time," Parker said.

"The flood has forced us to come up with a crisis plan and now we will have one," said Minor. "In a way, it's almost helped us."

The event is free for the whole family and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 pm.