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Public invited for free food, fun
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Ready to start your summer fun and get wet?

The Rotary Club of Dawson County invites residents and friends to enjoy free food, music and fun as Rotary Island reopens for the summer at Rock Creek Park.

The event is Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Rock Creek Park.

Were having cloggers coming from Forsyth County, a DJ from Atlanta, bouncy tents, food and everything is absolutely free, said Scott Yochum, Rotary Club president. We want everybody to just come and enjoy themselves.

Plenty of hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn are available to enjoy and all entertainment is also free.

Its going to be like a July 4th celebration, Yochum said. We have no agenda except to have fun.

Rotary Island is a 40-foot splashing extravaganza with both in-ground and above-ground water features. It opened August 2014 after more than a years worth of work from Rotary Club members, Etowah Water and Sewer Authority, and the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

Its a true testament to what can happen when people come together with local government to make things happen, House Rep. Kevin Tanner said last year during the islands opening.

Rotary Island includes a pavilion with picnic tables that can be rented for special events.

Theres a Little League coach I know who jokingly complained last year that by the second inning, his players wanted to be done so they could go play in the water, Yochum said.

Rotary Island is open during Rock Creek Park hours: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, gates open 7 a.m.-9 p.m, buildings open 1-9 p.m.