LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Bainbridge and all of the surrounding communities offer a variety of things to do for every age. Whether you like attending festivals, playing softball or baseball, bass fishing, or something more relaxing like watching outdoor movies on the big screen at the Earl Maye Boat Basin, there is sure to be something that interests you.
The communities surrounding Bainbridge offer many different festivals for those people that enjoy such events. Festivals are coordinated so that they fall on different dates in such a way that there is always another festival right around the corner throughout the year.
- Rattlesnake Roundup (last Saturday in January / Whigham, GA)
- Mayhaw Festival (Third week in April / Colquitt, GA)
- Rose Festival (fourth week in April / Thomasville, GA)
- River Town Days (usually the second week in May / Bainbridge, GA)
- July 4th Celebration (evening of July 4th / Bainbridge, GA)
- Bikefest Week (third week in September (just outside Bainbridge, GA city limits)
- Pumpkin Festival (every weekend in October / Spring Hill Tree Farm in Bainbridge, GA)
- Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair (usually first weekend in November / Bainbridge, GA)
- Mule Day (first Saturday in November / Calvary, GA)
- Swine Time (first Saturday after Thanksgiving / Climax, GA)
Primary Schools (www.dcboe.com) - Bainbridge, GA offers one of the most modern high schools in all of southwest Georgia. Located on Hwy 84, east of Bainbridge (but technically within the Bainbridge city limits), the high school is only a few years old and is equipped with modern technology to allow our students to best prepare for their future. The entire system of elementary and middle schools under the administration of the Decatur County Board of Education was recently reorganized to best take advantage of the creation of the new high school.
Bainbridge College (www.bainbridge.edu) is a thriving and expanding educational institution. Although the college is currently a two-year institution, there is a very strong probability that it will be transitioning to a four-year college in the very near future. Founded in 1973, the college is part of the University System of Georgia and offers both academic transfer degrees and technical career certificates.
Grace Christian Academy (www.gracechristianacademyga.org/) is a Pre 3 through 12th grade interdenominational Christian school committed to higher education. GCA focuses on developing the whole child - mind, body, and spirit. GCA offers a full college-preparatory curriculum, a thriving and very competitive sports program, and many other extra-curricular activities.
Community Commitment - In 1997, Decatur County voters overwhelmingly approved an Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) for the first time. ESPLOST is an optional sales tax of 1% in Decatur County that is used solely for educational Capital Improvements. Each referendum approved by the voters lists specific uses for the ESPLOST for the associated funding period (5 year increments) and includes funding for such items as new school buildings, upgrades to existing facilities, and improvements such as computers and implementation of new technology. The revenue from ESPLOST is restricted to capital improvement projects and not available for uses such as salaries or other non-capital expenses.
Voters have subsequently approved continuation of the ESPLOST three times. In 2002, the first continuation was approved which covered a period from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2007. In 2005, voters once again overwhelmingly approved continuation of the ESPLOST for a period to run from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2012. In 2011, voters overwhelmingly passed the ESPLOST again for a period that will run from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.
Government / Community
Things To Do
In addition to the many festivals in the area, there are celebrations and parades in Bainbridge.
- July 4th Celebration
- Holiday Open House
- Bainbridge High School Homecoming Parade
- Christmas Parade
- Christmas Eve Service at Willis Park
- Heritage Tour of Homes
Resources and Helpful Websites
Memorial Hospital and Manor - Located on Shotwell Street in Bainbridge, GA
Development Authority of Bainbridge-Decatur County
Area Lodging Information - Area hotels, motels, rentals, and camping facilities
Wireless Broadband Internet Access
2010 Census Comparison Chart
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