Special Events



VLPRA/MAFB Youth Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, September 23rd at Grassy Pond

Get your tackle box ready for the VLPRA & Moody AFB Youth Fishing Rodeo at Grassy Pond!  The rodeo age groups are: 5-9 year olds, 10-14 year olds, and 15-18 year olds.  There's prizes for most fish and biggest fish in each age group.  Fish from the bank or from your own boat (launch fee may apply).  Ages 16+ must have valid Georgia fishing license (cannot be purchased on site).  Go to our main page, click "Register online" and click the "Special Event" tab on the left side of the page to register.
Date: September 23rd
Check in: 8:00 AM
Event Time: Rodeo runs from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM; Awards 11:30 AM
Location: Grassy Pond at 5360 Grassy Pond Road in Lake Park
How much: $5 per participating child

Father Son Campout
Friday, September 29th
Kids can go camping in the outfield and make s’mores on the pitcher’s mound in the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority’s “Father-Son Campout”.  The overnight event is happening on Friday, September 29th at the South Lowndes Recreation Center.
The campout is open to boys ages four and up.  A male family member such as a father, grandfather, or uncle who is at least 18 years old must accompany each child.  The dads and sons will enjoy a cookout, games, s’mores, a game of night baseball under the lights, and a movie on the backstop in this baseball-themed campout.  Participants should plan to bring their own tent to 6440 Ocean Avenue in Lake Park.  Tent set up starts at 6:00 PM Friday.  Dads and sons can register at www.vlpra.com and must sign up by Friday, September 15th.  The registration fee is $35 total for both father and son.  (Only one registration is required).  Call VLPRA at 229-259-3507 with questions.


Dixie Cream Donut Dash
Saturday, October 7th at North Lowndes Park

Grab your bike and your appetite for a bike ride that will have you eating and cycling.  Choose from one of four races based on level of cycling experience.
DONUT HOLE SPRING: a 15-mile ride
DONUT DASH: a 30-mile ride
UNFROSTED DASH: a 63-mile metric century ride
ULTIMATE GLAZE: a 100-mile century ride
Participants get lunch, stocked rest stops, and t-shirts while supplies last.  Only $30 for advance registration and $40 on race day!  Check-in starts at 7:00 AM, rides start at 8:15 AM.
Location: North Lowndes Park on Sonny Rogers Memorial Drive in Hahira


Stocked Cart Race
November 4th - Location TBA

This event combines "Supermarket Sweep" with a food drive.  There is no entry fee.  Instead, teams must bring at least $25 worth of non-perishable food (no cans please) to the event.  No money will be accepted!  Each team is then given a shopping cart and time to decorate that cart in the team's theme of choice.  Then teams are matched up in head to head drag races!  Team members push the carts and run down the drag strip until we have a winner.  Prizes for Most Food Raised, Best Decorated Cart and Fastest Cart.  All food goes to "Hungry at Home", a local charity that provides snacks and meals to children who may not have enough to eat on the weekends.  Please only bring food that kids can prepare themselves, like granola bars, peanut butter, juice boxes, and ready to mix tuna packets.  Register in advance if  possible.  Day of registrations will be accepted.  Companies are encouraged to enter teams.
Check in begins at 9:00 AM, racing begins at 10:00 AM.


Ugly Sweater 5K
Freedom Park
December 23rd

Wear your tackiest holiday gear and join us for our second annual Ugly Sweater 5K!  We will have awards for the top overall finishers, the top finishers in each age group, and for the ugliest sweater!  More details to come as the event gets closer.