MOULTRIE — The third annual Spring Fling will take place April 14-15 on the courthouse square. Spots are still open to take part in some of the festivities.

City of Moultrie Main Street director Amy Johnson said space is still available for arts and crafts vendors and teams for the Backyard Barbecue competition. The deadline to register is March 11 for an arts and crafts booth and April 7 for the Backyard Barbecue competition.

City of Moultrie marketing director Tina Hickey said the Backyard Barbecue competition will be divided into seven categories: ribs, chicken, Boston butt, beef brisket, barbecue sauce, Brunswick stew and chili. Teams can enter more than one category if they chose to do so.

There were several teams already signed up for the competition, but Hickey said there is still room for a few teams to sign up. All of the space available for food vendors, however, has already been filled.

Anyone interested in participating can register online at, Johnson said. Further information — including registration fee information — is also available by calling Johnson at 890-5455.

This year’s Spring Fling may be the best one yet, Johnson said; there will be a wide variety of activities for both children and adults. The activities will kick off the night of Friday, April 14, with a concert by nationally known country artist Mel McDaniel.

Johnson said McDaniel is best remembered for his hit songs “Louisiana Saturday Night,” “Stand Up” and “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.” The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Lewis Hill Amphitheater.

The Spring Fling festivities continue on the square the next morning, Johnson said. Arts and crafts vendors and food vendors will open at 9 a.m.

Since Spring Fling is scheduled for Easter weekend, the Downtown Easter Egg Hunt will take place then too. Designed for children from newborns to 12 years old, the egg hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. More than 2,000 eggs will be hidden, including prize eggs, available among four age groups.

Hickey said the Cute Critter Contest will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. and the contest starting at 11 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee, and pets will be judged in owner look-a-like, talent and costume categories.

Dance groups from across the region will provide entertainment throughout the day, Johnson said. Dancers from Maripat School of Dance, a group from Valdosta and a group from Virginia Beach, Va., will perform.

Johnson said the unicyling, fire-eating and juggling of the Fritzy Brothers One Man Circus will be performed throughout the day. There will also be a wide variety of arts and crafts, including a man from Albany, N.Y., who makes handmade Native American drums.

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