Pa­rade high­lights home­spun events

The Standard Journal - - Lifestyle - By AGNES HAGIN Se­nior As­sis­tant Edi­tor

Ev­ery­one loves a pa­rade!

And, crowds are ex­pected to line the streets of Rock­mart at 10 a.m. Satur­day to watch an­tics of Shriners and a host of other par­tic­i­pants in the Home­spun Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val kicks off with gospel en­ter­tain­ment from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Fri­day, July 18. Fea­tured groups are The Moore’s and Friends, Greater Prom­ise, The What­ley Broth­ers, Scar­let Wool, Vic­tory Road and Heir­born.

Satur­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties will be­gin with the Crossview Com­mu­nity – Home­spun 5k on the Sil­ver Comet Trail. The race be­gins near the First United Methodist Church on the cor­ner of Church and Wa­ter streets in down­town Rock­mart.

A T-shirt will be guar­an­teed for all pre-reg­is­tered run­ners and long as sup­plies last on race day.

Awards will be pre­sented to the top male and fe­male over­all, top male and fe­male masters, top three male and fe­male run­ners in 15 age groups from ages 10 and un­der to 75 and over. All run­ners must be reg­is­tered by 7:30 a.m.

Fol­low­ing the pa­rade, live en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes a mix of coun­try, blue­grass, rock and more. Sched­uled to ap­pear dur­ing the af­ter­noon are The Bradley Chan­dler Band, Isaac Street­man, Bill Brock, Tay­lor Cromer, Crossview Com­mu­nity Church, David Nixon, Scar­let Wool, Brooke Hen­der­son Swan, Benny Gay and the Trailer Park Cow­boys and the Sweet South­ern re­union show.

Lit­tle girls in pretty dresses will blos­som on stage at 11:05 a.m. when they com­pete to win the Lit­tle Miss Home­spun pageant. Dead­line to en­ter the pageant is Fri­day, July 11. An en­try fee is due when you reg­is­ter.

Con­tact Danielle Co­ley at 678-918-6132 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 plas- tic 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.

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

File photo

The an­nual Home­spun Fes­ti­val in Rock­mart draws a col­or­ful ar­ray of par­tic­i­pan­tants that take part in the pa­rade.

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