MOULTRIE -- Budget cuts may ultimately have an effect on the Georgia Games, but this spring and summer there are still plenty of opportunities for youth and adults to take advantage of its programs.

The South District Sports Festival, which includes Colquitt County, will play host to 23 events, including eight in Moultrie.

This is the 12th year of the South District Sports Festival, sponsored by the Georgia Games Commission.

The festivals were created to highlight amateur sports and events are open to all residents, regardless of age or skill level.

All participants receive Georgia Games T-shirts.

The South District includes Lowndes, Dougherty, Tift, Thomas and Colquitt counties.

The first event scheduled for Moultrie will be the popular fishing rodeo, which will be held May 31 at the Magnolia Sports Complex pond.

"People have lot of fun there," said Moultrie-Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Department Director Rick Gehle.

"The numbers have been real consistent."

The pond will remain open through December.

Moultrie also will be site of a bicycle motocross race at the Pineland Park BMX Track on June 7.

The entry fee for that race will be $10.

Most of the other Georgia Games Sports Festival events are patterned after Olympic events.

The others to be held in Moultrie are:

Youth tennis tournament, June 21-22, at the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex. 10-and-under through 18-and-under.

Men's open low-bid softball tournament, June 7, Knuck McCrary Complex.

Three-on-three team basketball, Jun 9, A.F. Shaw Gymnasium. Ages 12 to adult.

Diving meet, June 21, Moose Moss Aquatic Center. Ages 9-and-under through 16-18.

Team 3-point shooting competition, June 7, A.F. Shaw Gymnasium. Ages 12 to adult.

Free throw shooting, June 6, A.F. Shaw Gymnasium. Ages 12 to adult.

Gehle said the number of participants in the Georgia Games events in Moultrie over the years has fluctuated.

The fishing rodeo and basketball competitions at the Shaw Gym have been the most popular.

Other events in the district include:

Girls fast-pitch softball, May 16-18, Lake Laurie Boys and Girls Club Complex, Valdosta. Ages 10-and-under through 18-and-under.

Basketball day camp, June 10, Mott-Litman Gymnasium, Tifton. Ages 7-12.

Volleyball, June 3, Mott-Litman Gymnasium, Tifton. Ages 16 and older.

Boys baseball, June 16-21, Lake Laurie Boys and Girls Club Complex, Valdosta. Ages 10-and-under through 14-and-under.

Table tennis, June 5, Mott-Litman Gymnasium, Tifton. Youth and adult.

Rose City Day Camp, Butler/Mason YMCA, Thomasville. Ages 12 and under.

Youth golf, June 13, Flint River Municipal Golf Course, Albany. Ages 7-15.

Fishing rodeo, May 3, Ken Garden, Albany. Ages 55 and over.

Track and field, June 14, Albany State University, ages 9-14.

Neighborhood SwimFest, Carver Pool, Albany. 6-and-under through 12-and-under.

Fishing rodeo, TBA, Cassidy Road Pond, Thomasville. Ages 15 and under.

Women's softball, May 24, Highland Park, Albany, ages 18 and over.

Coed basketball camp, TBA, ages 8-14, Albany. Ages 8-14.

Baseball Bash, June 16-20, Paul Eames Park, Albany. Ages 13-14.

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