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Rotary Day celebration offers free food, fun
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Gabriella Harris, 6, squeals as she she gets drenched in the sprinklers at Rock Creek Parks Rotary Island. - photo by File photo

Rotary Club of Dawson County invites the entire community out to Rotary Day at Rotary Island Saturday for a summer celebration featuring free food, music, games, entertainment and even a waterslide.

"We're planning for 1,000 people. It's going to be a great time for everybody," said Scott Yochum, who organized the event.

The club's inaugural Rotary Day last summer was a big hit with kids and adults alike.

Philip Sasse's infant son, Flynn, had never experienced water outside of his nightly bath.

"We put him down and he crawled straight into the water. It's fantastic," he said.

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park on Martin Road is a three-dimensional, interactive splash pad featuring a 40-foot diameter with five above-ground water sprayers and six ground-level sprinklers.

Admission to Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park in Dawsonville is always free, and on Rotary Day, all the different activities at the mini-waterpark, including the games, lunch, snacks and drinks are also free.

"This is our way of saying thank you to the community for all the support our Rotary Club receives throughout the year," Yochum said. "Without that support, we wouldn't be able to do the many service projects we're able to do in Dawson County.

"We just want to say thanks."

The party starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

A live D.J. will be playing tracks that'll have everyone dancing, singing and enjoying the afternoon at the park.

There will also be a dunk tank and several community leaders have already agreed to be the targets.