Suwanee’s Big Backyard Bash on April 25 will offer thrills and chills for participants of all ages: Backyard athletes will vie for the thrill of victory. Parents can chill as their children participate in an array of wacky interactive games and discover a variety of summer options to be offered through area camps. And, American Idol-wannabes can enjoy the thrill of performing onstage with the rock band Metalsome, Inc.

The fun begins at Suwanee’s Town Center Park at noon Saturday, April 25.
“The whole idea behind the Big Backyard Bash,” says Suwanee Events Coordinator Amy Doherty, “is to create an event so interactive and fun that those in attendance feel a little bit tired when they leave the park. We don’t want our backyard athletes to be the only ones who break a sweat.”

Toilet Seat Horsehoes

Toilet Seat Horsehoes

Area camps will be on hand to offer information about their summer programs and to provide a variety of wacky games in which attendees can participate. Think playing horseshoes with toilet lids, oversized Twister, or shooting hoops with a rubber chicken. In addition, a Wii interactive gaming center will be open for those who enjoy virtual competition.

Among the camp programs to be represented are Adrenaline Climbing, Discovery  Point, Goddard School, Gwinnett County Public Library, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Karate World, and Legacy Academy.

The World’s Greatest Backyard Athlete contest, which begins at 1 p.m., will feature about a dozen backyard warriors competing in Frisbee and water balloon tosses and an obstacle course that includes racing on hippity hops, building burgers, and a Wii homerun derby. Money raised by the athletes will support Gwinnett United Way summer camp scholarships.

Metalsome and area residents ready for their chance to sing their hearts out with a live rock band will take the Town Center stage at 6 p.m.

Pre-registration to perform will be available during the event.
Admission to the Big Backyard Bash and participation in interactive activities are free. Food will be available for purchase. No beer or wine will be sold nor may alcoholic beverages be brought into Town Center Park.

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