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MAC holds annual youth rally at Oconee Springs Park

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    MAC founder Georgia Smith looks on as families prepare to go swimming in the lake. CONTRIBUTED
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    A family enjoys a day out on the lake at the MAC Youth Rally. MIYA BANKS/Staff
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    Tony Smith, Ms. Georgia’s son, keeps the crowd fed. MIYA BANKS/Staff

Mothers Against Crime had its annual Youth Rally in Oconee Springs Park on July 17, featuring food, guest speakers, a firetruck and even clowns.

Guest speakers Minister Deck Jackson and Bryan Hall shared their wisdom at the lakeside gathering, while deputies Alex Rickey and Taylor Neal patrolled the lake, ensuring the safety of attendees.

Kevin Hurley and Lemar Burnes from the Department of Natural Resources also came and engaged with the crowd, discussing the DNR’s role in protecting and conserving Georgia’s environment.

Clowns Nonsense and Mischief, a fatherdaughter duo, entertained participants of all ages with balloon modelling, crafting balloons into a variety of shapes, including a flower for MAC founder Georgia Smith.

Food was free and provided by the Smith family, with Ms. Georgia’s son, Tony, as one of the chefs. Ms. Georgia invited families who hadn’t come for the event to join the festivities, including two families visiting the area from Canada.

All in all, the event was well attended and very much enjoyed.