Weekend: Rome’s Big Float, Euharlee barbecue contest, Second Samuel at the DeSoto, Shakespeare on Town Green.

Weekend: Rome’s Big Float, Euharlee barbecue contest, Second Samuel at the DeSoto, Shakespeare on Town Green.


Great 66-second video about Rome’s Big Float on Saturday


The Rome Shakespeare Festival will take place on the Town Green in front of The Forum. Town Green will be open to the public during the performances and during the staging set up. Performances will take place each evening at 8 tonight through Sunday. Live music and actor warm ups will begin at 6:30 each evening. (However the Fountains will be turned off this week and reopen June 6).

Second Samuel from Rome Little Theatre at the DeSoto Theatre.  Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $16 for adults; $14 for students and seniors. Details


Euharlee Sixth Annual Covered Bridge ‘Que, Friday night and Saturday. Competition and festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Events include a pro barbecue competition, people’s choice competition, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a beer garden, children’s area and a car show/cruise -in. Site: Frankie Harris Park is at 115 Covered Bridge Road, Euharlee. Parking is on Covered Bridge Road just before reaching the Library and Euharlee History Museum. For more.

The event formerly known as CRBI’s WATERFEST is now Rome’s Big Float, featuring a 6-mile float trip on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park in downtown Rome for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts and anything else that floats your boat (so long as it actually floats). Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories including best decorated vessel, best costume, best homemade raft, largest flotilla and more. Following the float, River Dog Outpost will host a rocking after party at their beer garden overlooking the Etowah River in downtown Rome. Registration is $25 per person. Details


Cancer Navigators will wrap up the annual Cast Off Against Cancer fundraising campaign with a celebration at Heritage Park on Sunday at 2 p.m. which also serves as National Cancer Survivors Day. The celebration will include the annual Daisy Drop. Those wanting to commemorate someone who has bravely battled cancer will have the opportunity to drop a daisy into the Oostanaula River in their honor. Daisies can be purchased in advance for just $1. Also, the winning bids for three autographed guitars, currently being auctioned, will be announced. Signed by a variety of country artists, including Sam Hunt, Tracy Lawrence, Cole Swindell and Doug Stone, the guitars can be viewed and bid on here. Finally, the event will include an awards ceremony for those teams participating in the annual oar-decorating contest. Awards to be presented include best decorated, most team spirit and most money raised.

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