Home­spun kicks off Fri­day night

The Standard Journal - - Front Page - By AGNES HAGIN

Weeks of plan­ning for the an­nual Home­spun Fes­ti­val will be cli­maxed Fri­day and Satur­day July 18-19 in Rock­mart.

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.

The pa­rade at 10 a.m. will be fol­lowed by live en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by 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. Win­ners will be selected.

Fine arts and crafts will be on dis­play for people not in­ter­ested in the race or mu­sic.

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.

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.

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.

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

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