MOULTRIE -- One of the beauties of small communities is that the residents can easily come together in a festive spirit for a wide array of reasons. And for quite a number of years, the northwest community of Moultrie has promoted and celebrated unity in what has become known as Community Day.

At the heart of the celebration is food, frolic and fellowship. And the events will spread over several locations and will last from early morning to early evening and may even spill over into the next day. There will be events for young and old, men and women, boys and girls.

Community Day 2005 will be held Saturday, July 16, at the R.D. Smith Youth Center, the Ryce Community Center, Shaw Gym and the adjacent softball fields, said Tammie Bell, director of the youth center. The event begins at 9 a.m. and is expected to continue until 7 p.m.

A youth basketball tournament will start at 9 a.m., and an adult basketball tournament will begin at 1 p.m. A softball tournament is planned, but game times are still to be announced; Bell said the softball tournament will probably take two days and conclude Sunday, July 17.

In addition, there will be a 50-yard dash and a sack race; a dunking booth and water slide for the kids; face painting, bingo and a Spades tournament; freestyle rappers and step-dancers.

There will also be vendors of food and arts and crafts. Anyone wanting to rent booth space has until July 13 to do so. The cost is $25. See Bell at the youth center between 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Bell said this is her first year of working with Community Day, but the event has been around a long time. She said she moved to Moultrie 15 years ago, and she remembers it was going on that year.

The theme of this year's event is "Together We Stand."

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