Homespun kicks off Friday night
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.