Fall River­walk Fes­ti­val loads of fun

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1799@ya­hoo.com

Rock­mart’s River­walk Fes­ti­val saw an­other suc­cess­ful year of arts and crafts, live mu­sic, and food that brought dozens to­gether to cel­e­brate the sea­son. While dark clouds may have scared away a few par­tic­i­pants, ap­prox­i­mately 25 ven­dors were present, vin­tage cars lined the Euharlee, and the health walk went off with­out a hitch.

“The ac­tual num­ber of visi­tors was on par with years past,” or­ga­nizer Jeff Hol­stein said. “The weather re­ally played a fac­tor this year, but once it cleared up, peo­ple started to show up.”

At its core, the event gave cit­i­zens an op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with lo­cal arts and crafts makers. Bracelets, home dé­cor, wreaths, wa­ter bot­tles, art, cloth­ing, dec­o­ra­tive ar­range­ments, and much more lined the park as cus­tomers picked up items dur­ing the Oct. 20 fes­ti­val. Other ven­dors of­fered food such as hot dogs, ham­burg­ers, and bar­be­cue, and non-profit groups such as the FERST Foun­da­tion set up booths with de­tails over their re­spec­tive causes.

“I’m just see­ing what they have this year,” at­tendee Myra Wil­liams said. “I let the kids run around some while I shop and talk to friends.”

The Slate City Shrine Club brought their col­lec­tion of clas­sic, vin­tage cars as an ad­di­tional bit of free en­ter­tain­ment, and lo­cal mu­si­cians such as Isaac Street­man filled the park with the sounds of clas­sic coun­try, rock, and gospel.

The morn­ing health walk served as a con­ve­nient way to burn a few ex­tra calo­ries, and while the orig­i­nal Ro­tary Club 5k was ul­ti­mately can­celed, de­tails on fu­ture events can be found at https://sites. google.com/site/rock­mart polk­coun­ty­ro­tary/.

Those who missed the event can al­ways look to­wards next year’s River­walk Fes­ti­val that is soon to be planned.

“We will be meeting in the next few weeks to see what changes, if any, will be com­ing,” Hol­stein said.

/ Lorene Parker

Ven­dors pro­vided all kinds of hand­made goods for sale dur­ing Rock­mart’s River­walk Fes­ti­val on Oct. 20.

/ Lorene Parker

Mem­bers of the Ge­or­gia Can­cer Sup­port Polk County Chap­ter were on hand at the Rock­mart River­walk Fes­ti­val on Oct. 20 sell­ing good­ies and ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about their mis­sion to help can­cer pa­tients with their cost of get­ting to and from ap­point­ments.

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