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March Madness is right here in Seminole County!

No, we are not hosting one of the college basketball games in this year’s annual NCAA Basketball tournament, but we are hosting a one-after-the-other full slate of community activities open to all in the next nineteen days. March Madness usually refers to the exciting and hectic schedule of games annually played by college basketball teams in their quest to reach the final four and the NCAA National Championship. However, this March in Seminole County I am using the reference to promote the exciting and hectic schedule of events in store for Seminole County citizens  – young and old – for almost every single day and night coming our way in the next two and a half weeks.
This Saturday, March 10, the Seminole County Green Marching Band Boosters are hosting the first annual Sounds of Seminole festival at the Seminole County Indians’ football stadium. The fund raising event, with all proceeds going to support our always, and recently awarded again, Superior-rated middle/high school band will feature a day long offering of good food and great entertainment. Visitors will also enjoy an assortment of arts, crafts and food vendors, as well as school and community groups with games, novelties and assorted school spirit items, and of course this festival would not be complete without the popular 50/50 raffle with its huge cash prize! The event lasts from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
On Sunday, March 11 the inaugural staging of the Community Celebration will open at the Chris Thomas Arena just off  Highway 84 east of Donalsonville. The event will continue nightly through Wednesday, March 14. The Community Event begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Using the words of organizer David Williams, pastor of Iron City Baptist Church, the Community Event “offers an amazing two fold opportunity to us all. First of all it gives us a chance  to truly show our community support and appreciation for the very people who make our community so great – our veterans, our military, our first responders our teachers and our business and community leaders; and secondly, it will provide a wonderful opportunity for local believers to unite in worship not at any one particular church, but together across denominational lines, celebrating all that God has done for the Seminole County and Southwest Georgia community.”
After the Community Celebration closes on Wednesday, volunteers will meet at the Chris Thomas Arena to make final preparations for the annual Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce Boots and Roots Rodeo. Great food, quality games and fun for young and  old and entertainment as exciting as you can get anywhere will be on display at the two-day rodeo event, Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17. The gates open at 5:30 each evening and the rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m.
Also, on Saturday, March 17, the Seminole County Recreation Department will host a community-wide celebration of its sports complex and its ten years of providing and staging quality sports activities throughout the year for Seminole County residents and beyond. The event begins at 10 a.m.
The Shamrocks & Strike Outs, Clovers & Cleats St. Patty Glow 5K & Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. at the high school baseball field.  
On Saturday March 24, at 4:30 p.m., a Seminole County baseball alumni game will be held at the high school baseball diamond following the 2018 Diamond Indians’ 12:30 p.m. game against Mt. Vernon Academy.
And finally, on Tuesday, March 27, the Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner and membership meeting at the Seminole County Middle/High School cafetorium. An event open to all – tickets are available at the chamber – this evening will showcase all the good that is happening in our community, present the Citizen of the Year award and honor the community’s oldest businesses with the presentation of the first ever Cornerstone Awards.
I have heard often that there is nothing to do around here. I have not always agreed with that statement, but I believe no one can argue with the fact that is certainly not the case for the next two and a half weeks. Make plans to attend each and every event and see for yourself that there is something to do and all of it is right here at home.

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