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The Covington News - - Local News -

With soar­ing gas prices and dry pumps all over the At­lanta metro area, many fam­i­lies and res­i­dents of New­ton County are looking for week­end ac­tiv­i­ties that keep them close to home. This week­end of­fers a bounty of lo­cal fam­ily- friendly events that won’t put a ma­jor dent in your gas tank.

The down­town Cov­ing­ton Har­vest Week­end on Fri­day and Satur­day presents two full days of ac­tiv­ity on the square. The event fea­tures a dog show open to any an­i­mal owner in the county with dogs judged in cat­e­gories of pret­ti­est fe­male, hand­somest male, best dressed, an­i­mal- owner look- a- like and, of course, best in show.

Har­vest Week­end also will see an an­tiques ap­praisal fair where res­i­dents can bring their fa­vorite fam­ily heir­looms such as fur­ni­ture, jew­elry and toys for value ap­praisal by ex­perts. A Cars of the Past dis­play and launch of the New­ton County His­tory Cen­ter’s Oral His­tory Project will round out the fes­ti­val.

Also, this week­end res­i­dents and for­mer work­ers of the Por­terdale Mill will gather in the Por­terdale Mill Vil­lage for a city re­union Satur­day. Not only will pho­to­graphs and mem­o­ra­bilia be on dis­play, but also arts, crafts and street mar­ket com­plete with food ven­dors will be on site for the re­union.

Com­plet­ing a list of lo­cal events is the 14th an­nual Friend­ship Fes­ti­val in down­town So­cial Cir­cle Satur­day. The day be­gins with a pa­rade at 10 a. m. Arts and crafts ven­dors will sell a va­ri­ety of items such as hand- made jew­elry and purses. A kids’ zone will in­clude face paint­ing, a ma­gi­cian and games. A spe­cial elec­tronic zone will have big screen TVs equipped with video game con­soles and some play­ing col­lege foot­ball. Food ven­dors will of­fer treats rang­ing from roasted corn on the cob to cot­ton candy.

With ev­ery­thing go­ing on this week­end, there’s re­ally no rea­son to head in­side the perime­ter to have a good time. We hope to see you out and about the area on what should be a beau­ti­ful au­tumn week­end.

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