Rock­mart’s Fes­ti­val of Treats lots of fun for all

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams

Rock­mart’s an­nual Fes­ti­val of Treats once again trans­formed Mar­ble Street into a haven for ghosts and ghouls, and with candy, games, mu­sic, and cos­tume con­tests open to ev­ery­one, the city cel­e­brated Hal­loween in the most ex­plo­sive way pos­si­ble.

The cos­tume con­test re­turned as one of the big­ger at­trac­tions, and with medals re­warded to the win­ners, dozens of lo­cals lined up to show off their cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion. Like last year, the con­test was split be­tween age groups and cos­tumes were judged in sev­eral dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories.

“Medals will be awarded to the cutest, most orig­i­nal, scari­est, and best over­all,” Rock­mart Chick-Fil-A owner and re­turn­ing fes­ti­val staff Zach Thomas said.

No­table win­ning cos­tumes in­cluded the likes of Chucky from the scari­est cat­e­gory, Al­falfa from the cutest cat­e­gory, and Joe Dirt from the most orig­i­nal cat­e­gory. Out­side of the com­pe­ti­tion, the likes of su­per­heroes, video game char­ac­ters, movie char­ac­ters, and monsters could be seen mak­ing their way through Mar­ble Street.

Pre­cious Paws and staff were gra­cious enough to once again host a pet cos­tume con­test, and the top three plac­ing dogs were given treats, toys, and gifts. While it was dog Fluffy who ul­ti­mately took home first place by dress­ing as the Chick-Fil-A mas­cot, cre­ativ­ity could be seen in the other en­trants who brought their pets dressed as food and comic char­ac­ters.

Those who didn’t have time to make a cos­tume still had plenty to do thanks to the games, bounce houses, mu­sic, and food that was of­fered at nearly ev­ery turn. Par­ents could be seen grab­bing a bite to eat at the many lo­cal busi­nesses that stayed open while kids played corn hole, rode the train, or went trick-or-treat­ing.

Re­gard­less of what brought ci­ti­zens down­town, the Fes­ti­val of Treats re­mains one of the city’s most at­tended events. Those who en­joyed the event owe spe­cial thanks to the Rock­mart Busi­ness Al­liance, the Polk Cham­ber of Com­merce, the city of Rock­mart, and all who helped make the fes­ti­val pos­si­ble.

“Just look at the crowd,” Rock­mart Mayor Steve Miller said. “You can see how much peo­ple en­joy it.”

Those who missed the fes­ti­val shouldn’t fret be­cause Polk has plenty of events lined up for 2018’s re­main­ing hol­i­days, and ev­ery­one is in­vited. For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing events, one should visit http://polk­ge­or­gia. com/cal­en­dar.php.

/ Sean Wil­liams

Lo­cal mer­chants pro­vided candy and smiles to a trio of chil­dren dur­ing the Down­town Rock­mart Fes­ti­val of Treats on Hal­loween.

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