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Evening at Olympic Park to celebrate 20 years since Olympics on Lake Lanier

The world’s greatest athletic competition came to Georgia 20 years ago, and many in Gainesville still remember the events.

A nostalgic evening remembering the 1996 Olympic Games, when the world came to Lake Lanier, will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at “Rio on the Water: Renewal of the Olympic Spirit” at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

The park at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road was the site of the canoe, kayak and rowing events of the 1996 games.

The Brazilian-themed evening will include a live stream of the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremonies in Rio, with live music, food, drink and dance under a large tent at the park.

It will begin with a “Brazilian Carnival,” including drummers and Samba by the entertainment group Dance Brasil. Tap It will provide craft beer and wine bars alongside Brazilian foods from Chef Kern Chiasson.

A Parade of Honor will showcase the volunteers who helped bring the games to Gainesville in 1996, with Gov. Nathan Deal as the special guest of honor.

Finally, the Atlanta Showstoppers, a 12-piece band, will give a three-hour nonstop show throughout the evening.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online. More information is available at

Sponsorship opportunities are available, including $1,500 table sponsorships and $2,500 bronze, $5,000 silver and $10,000 gold sponsorships.

For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Cathy Cobb at