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  • Mark your calendar for Pre-4th weekend in Hartwell, Georgia. Beginning on Friday, June 28 check-out The Dusty Slay Comedy Show beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart County High School Fine Arts Center.  Dusty Slay has appeared on several network shows including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE and recently signed a development deal with ABC for a Blue Collar Single Mom comedy based around his childhood.  Tickets for the show in Hartwell start at $23 and can be purchased through the Chamber website: www.hart-chamber.org

    The Pre-4th festivities kick off early Saturday morning with the Lake Hartwell Triathlon hosted by the Bell Family YMCA.  The Triathlon happens at Big Oaks Recreation Area at 7:00a.m. The Triathlon is comprised of a 1500-meter swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run, which participants must complete in less than four hours. Judges reserve the right to disqualify anyone who appears to be unable to keep pace. You must be at least 14-years of age to participate. The Triathlon is part of the Georgia Endurance Series, a calendar of triathlons across the state of Georgia geared for seasoned triathletes, age group endurance athletes and novices.  The Sprint is slightly less intense and features a 500-meter swim, 15K bike ride and a 5K run. This event begins at 7:00 a.m. For registration information about both events online go to goraceproductions.com.

    In downtown Hartwell you can find the Pre-4th Arts & Crafts Festival from 8:30am-3:30pm with over 100 craft and food vendors, entertainment and a children’s parade.    The weekend events are capped Saturday night by the Fireworks Show at Big Oaks with music and food vendors from 6:00pm-9:30 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. over Hartwell Dam.  Spectators can view the show from Big Oaks Recreation Area or by boat.  A big weekend with something for everyone!

    Hartwell, where memories are made, has a full complement of entertainment activities throughout the summer months. For more information contact the Hart County Chamber of Commerce at 706-376-8590 or visit their website for the events calendar: www.hart-chamber.org

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