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Spring Fling set for downtown Saturday

Fun with costumed characters, fine art, food and more are on tap for the “Spring Fling” in downtown Greenville May 1.

Sponsored by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, a host of events are taking place, including two performances by Mickey and the Gang in Confederate Park, courtesy of Meredith’s Miracles.

“This is going to be a real treat for the kids. Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto will all be on hand to sing, dance and play games with the children,” said Francine Wasden, executive director of the GACOC.

Performances are scheduled at 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Meredith’s Miracles is a non-profit organization that assists family of sick or injured children with their non-medical needs, such as gas expenses, meals, lodging for families and rental cars. Based in Andalusia, the program is looking to expand to other south Alabama towns.

“While there is no charge to participate in the event, donations to this worthy cause will certainly be gladly accepted,” Wasden said. Learn more about Meredith’s Miracles by visiting www.meredithsmiracles.org.

Air Jumpz is scheduled to have their inflatables set up for more playtime for youngsters.

Also on tap for Saturday is a book signing by Greenville native and author Jeff Barganier, who will autograph copies of his newest book, “The Crooked Tree,” which he calls a “book for all ages.” Barganier, a businessman, lawyer and freelance writer, who has also penned the suspense thriller “The Slash Brokers” is offering a hometown discount on his latest work of $20 per copy. Learn more about Jeff at www.jeffbarganier.com.

Looking for art by local talents? Then visit the Whitney Bank’s downtown location on Saturday to browse among the paintings, drawings, prints, note cards, handcrafted jewelry and more on display by members of the Greenville Fine Arts League. Noted camellia artist Shirley Roberson will be doing painting demos on the sidewalk, weather permitting. “We have some wonderfully talented artists and artisans here and a piece of local art could certainly make a terrific Mother’s Day gift, so be sure and check them out,” said Wasden.

Downtown merchants will be offering special discounts and door prizes during the Spring Fling.

“There will be entry forms you can pick up in the park and drop off in the businesses, along with forms inside the shops to fill out,” Wasden said.

If you start getting hunger pangs from all the fun and shopping, Greenville Parks and Recreation will offer concessions, with the proceeds going to help fund the upcoming State Baseball and Softball Tourney set for July.

For more information on Spring Fling events, contact the GACOC at 382-3251.