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Busy weekend on tap
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Jay Avery and Clifford Santillo set up gates for the animals during last year’s IPRA World Championship Rodeo. The event returns to Cumming this weekend. - photo by File photo
Forsyth County residents won’t have to look far for fun this Labor Day weekend.

From the banks of Lake Lanier, where large crowds are expected to bid farewell to summer, to backyard cookouts, entertainment options abound.

Model aviators show

The Georgia Model Aviators will present Warbirds Over Atlanta from 8 a.m. until dark Saturday at the group’s air field, 8250 Old Federal Hwy.

The aviators is a Forsyth County-based model airplane club, which holds several events for the public throughout the year.

According to the group’s Web site, Warbirds Over Atlanta will feature turbine and electric jet demonstrations, and models of military aircraft from
World War I through present day, including a B-29 and X-1 Rocket.

Concessions and raffles will also be available throughout the day. The event is free for spectators, who are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, binoculars and cameras, sunscreen and insect repellant.

For more information, go online at www.gmarc.com.

Professional rodeo

Large crowds are expected as the International Professional Rodeo Association World Championship Rodeo returns Saturday and Sunday to the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The show features events such as barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling and, of course, bull riding.

Dave Horton, who manages the fairgrounds, said he expects as many as 5,000 people to attend the weekend rodeo.

The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road.

Tickets: $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens; $10 for children 5 to 12 years old; free for children under 5

Contact: (770) 781-3491 or visit www.cummingfair.net

ASA softball tourney

The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department will play host to its third national tournament for the Amateur Softball Association over Labor Day weekend.

The ASA Men’s Modified Pitch National Championship at Central Park will feature 15 top teams from six states, including Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

The weekend tournament winner will be determined through double-elimination play.

The first game is scheduled for 6:30 tonight, continuing at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The championship game is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday.

All games are at Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road.

Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for students ages 12 to 17; and free for children under 12