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Lee sheriff plans festival

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Without any Krispy Kreme Doughnut shops to serve as the stage for a fundraiser for special athletes, Lee County Sheriff's Office staff members are planning a fundraiser festival.

Each year law enforcement agencies in Georgia cooperate with the doughnut maker to put on "Cops on Doughnuts," a program to raise money for Special Olympics. Dougherty County agencies participated in April.

"We don't have a Krispy Kreme shop in Lee County," said Deputy Daphne Lindsey. "We want to contribute to this good cause and give people an opportunity to have fun."

Starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Old Lee County Soccer Filed, 110 N. Starksville Ave., Leesburg people can have fun, eat and support the Special Olympics by dunking a cop in a tank or tossing a pie in a deputy's face. Admission is free.

According to Sheriff's Sgt. Tammi L. Stevens, there will also be sweets to win and eat, too. The cake walk, a musical chairs-style game, guarantees baked goodness for those who are quick on their feet.

Burgers, hot dogs and other treats will all be grilled up for hungry festival attendees who probably will have worked up an appetite from dancing to the music.

The carnival atmosphere will feature face-painting, games, and arts and crafts. Want a little quiet time? There will be a silent auction. It is all meant to raise money for special athletes.

"Special Olympics Georgia provides year-around training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities," Lindsey said. "Athletics prepares them for employment, helps them learn independent skills and form relationships. It also helps others understand their extraordinary capabilities."