54th Cedar Val­ley Arts Fes­ti­val com­ing up by end of the month

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - SJ Ed­i­tor By Kevin Myrick

There are only a few weeks left to get ready for the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of spring as the Cedar­town Ju­nior Ser­vice League puts the fi­nal touches on their an­nual event at Peek Park.

The Cedar Val­ley Arts Fes­ti­val is com­ing up Satur­day, April 28 and Sun­day, April 29 as the or­ga­ni­za­tion cel­e­brates the 54th year of the event.

“We have at least 70 ven­dors al­ready booked, var­i­ous food ven­dors, civic or­ga­ni­za­tions who are go­ing to take part this year,” said Ju­nior Ser­vice League mem­ber Laura New­ton. “We’re also go­ing to have a chil­dren’s area with crafts and games that will be com­pletely free for both days.”

Home De­pot will also be back this year help­ing lo­cal youth put to­gether hands-on help in craft projects, and sev­eral other events are planned as well.

Par­tic­i­pants can first take part in the an­nual Cedar Val­ley Arts Fes­ti­val 5K Road Race and Fun Run, the 21st year of the race. The cost is $ 20 be­fore an April 21 early reg­is­tra­tion dead­line, and $25 af­ter. Those who want to regis­ter can go to Cedar­val­le­yarts­fes­ti­val.com to learn more about how to par­tic­i­pate and pay the fee. The race course in­cludes much of the same route taken by wheel­chair rac­ers later in the sum­mer, and the fun run only lasts a mile. The race starts at 8 a.m on Satur­day be­fore the fes­ti­val kicks off.

Satur­day’s kick­off to the fes­ti­val also in­cludes their an­nual Car Show, which will get rolling at 10 a. m. along with the gates open­ing for the day. Reg­is­tra­tion fees are to be an­nounced. Ad­di­tion­ally, there’s a Sun­day af­ter­noon dog show set to start at 2 p. m. — reg­is­tra­tion be­gin­ning at 1:30 p.m. — hosted by the fes- tival with a $10 fee to en­ter your pup.

But the big­gest part of the an­nual fes­ti­val is all the col­or­ful draw­ings for all to see.

“We’ll of course have art­work from all the schools in Polk County on dis­play at the ten­nis courts,” New­ton said. That alone accomplishes one mis­sion of the Ju­nior Ser­vice League at the an­nual fes­ti­val: show­cas­ing their sup­port for lo­cal youth. It also en­sures the com­mu­nity as a whole in Polk County en­joys a week­end to­gether.

“It brings Rock­mart and Cedar­town to­gether in one place, and view the art­work chil­dren have done,” New­ton said.

All items are hand­made by ven­dors at the fes­ti­val from lo­cal and area artists and pro­duc­ers, and com­ing to Peek Park over the week­end to take part and walk around is free of charge. Gates are open Satur­day, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun­day, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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