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Dragon race leads off weekend

This weekend will feature a host of free activities representing the commitment to the causes that the community holds near and dear to its heart.

Starting with Saturday’s Dragon Boat Race and ending with Church on the Hooch, community organizations are determined to provide fun for a good cause from beginning to end this weekend.

The West Point Lake Dragon Boat Race will take place at Pyne Road Park Saturday from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the second year of this community event, which benefits Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter. This year’s sponsor, Mike Patton Auto Family, has helped secure the boats for the community groups who will be racing this year.

The free event will feature food, drinks and games. Funds will be raised through paid votes for the winners of categories like best team name, best drummer and more. The costumes at the drummer’s parade around 11:30 a.m. are sure to be a community favorite at the event.

If you’d rather have fresh produce than lakeside crowds, the Market on Main will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind the movie theater. The market regularly features local farmers, craftsmen and bakers and is a great way to support community growers and craftsmen.

Sims Farm will also host a farm day starting at 11 a.m., which will likewise feature a variety of local, handmade items and produce.

If your passion lies more heavily with the senior population, then the fundraiser hosted by the Walk to End Alzheimer’s may be more your speed. The event will include a car wash, bake sale, cookbook sales and shaved ice and will go from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

If you are in a more literary mood, the LaGrange Memorial Library will host the “Emerging Writer’s Showcase: Build it with Words” at 2 p.m. at 115 Alford St.

The event will showcase up-and-coming local writers, who have been chosen from submissions covering a range of genres. The writers will give short presentations on their works and be available to answer questions and sign books. The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, and the community is encouraged to come out and support local authors at the event.

That evening, the Active Life in LaGrange will host a Country Music Dance featuring Jimmy Smith with the New River Band at 7 p.m. at 140 Ragland St. The event is open to adults of all ages and costs $6 per person.

On Sunday, First United Methodist Church will host Church on the Hooch between buoys 50 and 51 across from Highland Marina at 10 a.m.