Cedar­town kicks off Fourth Fri­day with Chaotic

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The first Fourth Fri­day of the 2014 sum­mer sea­son kicked off with a good crowd who came out to see Cedar­town’s own Chaotic play at the park in front of Polk County Court House No. 2.

Jennifer Hulsey, co-chair of the or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­tee for the Down­town Re­nais­sance project, said she felt the first show for this year was a great suc­cess.

“I think it went re­ally well,” she said. “I and the whole com­mu­nity were pleased with the turnout.”

Or­ga­niz­ers are plan­ning the next block party for July 25, but have not yet re­leased the name of the next act play­ing. Hulsey said an an­nounce­ment is forth­com­ing prior to the next show.

The Fourth Fri­day Cruise-In will also be held in con­junc­tion with the show.

Hulsey said she hopes to see even more people turn out for the next con­cert.

“If we can get people to un­der­stand this is an event we’re go­ing to con­tinue hav­ing, I be­lieve we’ll have an even bet­ter turnout this com­ing month,” she said.

Con­tact Danielle Co­ley at 678-918-6132 or email her at the­bal­ley­gar­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion about this event.

For people not in­ter­ested in the race or mu­sic, fine arts and crafts will be on dis­play. These typ­i­cally fea­ture such items as hand­made purses by Dar­lene Craw­ford of Rock­mart, pot­tery by Payne Pot­tery of Emer­son and ce­ramic yard art by Bill Wanke of Tem­ple.

Fea­tured dur­ing the af­ter­noon is one of the most pop­u­lar events of Home­spun - the Ro­tary/ Polk Duck Race, which tra­di­tion­ally be­gins at 2 p.m. People gather on the banks of Euharlee Creek to watch lit­tle yel­low plas­tic ducks bob along to the fin­ish line when win­ners are an­nounced.

Vis­i­tors seek­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent can view an­tique or clas­sic cars parked at Richard­son Field (across from the park). The Kiwanis Club spon­sors the show and car own­ers are usu­ally on site to hear home­town folks and vis­i­tors com­ment on fa­vorites.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this spe­cial event, call Cory Day at 770-3246347 or Layne San­ders at 678-757-2274.

Food ven­dors will pro­vide bloom­ing onions, gy­ros, rib­bon fries, corn­dogs, shaved ice, home­made ice cream, ap­ple dumplings, fun­nel cakes, ham­burg­ers and hot­dogs, bar­be­cue, na­chos, cot­ton candy, boiled peanuts, pork rinds, ket­tle corn, roasted corn and more.

Home­spun or­ga­niz­ers have added a spe­cial area of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for kids. Chil­dren will find a 25-foot in­flat­able slide, drag­on­fly ride, rock wall, turbo tub ride, bull ride and pony ride plus a bounce house.

Plans are to make the 2014 fes­ti­val bet­ter than ever, ac­cord­ing to Mandy Mal­li­coat, com­mu­ni­ca­tions specialist with the Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Cham­ber staff em­pha­size the Home­spun Safety Com­mit­tee meets sev­eral times each year to plan ways to se­cure the safety of all at­ten­dees and par­tic­i­pants of the fes­ti­val. This group in­cludes Chief Keith Sor­rells, Rock­mart Po­lice Depart­ment; Chief Todd Queen, Rock­mart Fire Depart­ment; Bud Owens, Andy Fairel and Chuck Thax­ton, Floyd EMS; Robert Early and Marty Robin­son, Red­mond EMS and Di­rec­tor Jeff Craw­ford, Polk County An­i­mal Con­trol.

One of the con­cerns the com­mit­tee ad­dressed this year is the new “No Pets Al­lowed” rule.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ta­maka Hud­son, Polk County Cham­ber, said that mix­ing beloved pets with crowds that in­clude cu­ri­ous chil­dren could lead to un­ex­pected in­ci­dents.

“Dur­ing the 2014 Home­spun Fes­ti­val, only cer­ti­fied ser­vice dogs will be al­lowed and must have proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on them,” she said.

Satur­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties will cli­max at 9:30 p.m. with a fire­works show, spon­sored by Floyd EMS.

Home­spun’s pre­mier spon­sor is Floyd. Plat­inum spon­sors are HON, South 93.5, Ge­or­gia Power, Coosa Val­ley Credit Union and Parker Sys­tems SLC.

Gold spon­sors in­clude Metro PCS, the City of Rock­mart, Waste In­dus­tries and Fam­ily Sav­ings Federal Credit Union.

Sil­ver spon­sors are Oglethorpe Power, Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, Scana En­ergy, Nathan Dean Agency, Winthrop at Polk, Peachtree Pest Con­trol, Rock­mart Batting Cages, All Phase Home Ser­vices, River City Pro­phane, LeafFil­ter North of Ge­or­gia, Inc., Madaris Sid­ing and Win­dows, Tay­lor Con­struc­tion and Meg­gitt Poly­mers and Com­pos­ites.

Bronze spon­sors are Smith- Lock­wood and Tri­an­gle Gro­cery. As­so­ciate spon­sors in­clude Econolodge, Mor­gan Hard­ware and Coosa Den­tal As­so­ciates, LLC.

Kevin Myrick/ SJ

Cedar­town rock band, Chaotic, opened up the Fourth Fri­day con­cert se­ries in down­town Cedar­town on June 27. The next con­cert will be on July 25. For more pho­tos

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