Rock­mart’s River­walk fes­ti­val com­ing Satur­day

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

Rock­mart’s River­walk Fes­ti­val on the Euharlee is get­ting closer and closer, and the city isn’t pulling any punches with the Oct. 21 fes­ti­val. In tra­di­tional Polk cel­e­bra­tion style, River­walk will have live mu­sic, lots of food, games, and crafts of any and all kinds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Se­aborne Jones Park, 180 W. Elm St.

“We’ve got over 30 ven­dors,” or­ga­nizer Jeff Hol­stein said.

Among those 30 in­clude The Varsity, a pop­u­lar restau­rant from the At­lanta area.

“They will be sell­ing plates of food for $6,” Hol­stein said. “The Rock­mart Lions Club will be sell­ing pop­u­lar foods like burg­ers and hot dogs too.”

Out­side of big­ger or­ga­ni­za­tions, lo­cal cit­i­zens will be present sell­ing peanut brit­tle, pop­corn brit­tle in cherry, tof­fee, Pina Co­lada, and wa­ter­melon, hand­crafted soaps, leather and fresh­wa­ter pearls, sea­sonal wreaths, mail­box wreaths, ceme­tery ar­range­ments, fur­ni­ture, yard art, shirts, bracelets, ma­son jars, home dé­cor, bot­tle slump­ings, cot­ton candy, boiled and fried peanuts, na­chos, hand­made pot­tery, cof­fee, soda, and much more. The Rock­mart Arts Com­mis­sion will be pro­vid­ing pump­kins for youth to dec­o­rate.

Also join­ing in on the fes­ti­val are a host of non-profit ven­dors sell­ing goods for their re­spec­tive causes. “The Re­tired Teacher Foun­da­tion and the Georgia Cancer Sup­port of Polk County will be present,” Hol­stein said. Pur­chas­ing items from ven­dors such as th­ese will put money back into the group’s or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Work­ing off any food eaten at the fes­ti­val will be easy for those who par­tic­i­pate in the Ro­tary River­walk 5k run that be­gins at 10 a.m. Early regis­tra­tion for the 5k is $25; Event regis­tra­tion is $35.

Those look­ing for the early bird dis­count can sign up at https://­­mart-ga/run­ning/ dis­tance- run­ning- races/ ro­tary-river­walk-5k-run-2017?int=.

The course for the race is in and out of the Sil­ver Comet trail from the trail­head, and water and snacks will be pro­vided by the Ro­tary Club. Money gained from the 5k will be put to­wards lo­cal schol­ar­ships.

River­walk’s mu­si­cal line up is bring­ing the sound of gospel, folk, and coun­try to the city. “We’ve got mu­si­cians like Dal­ton Dover and Isaac Street­man lined up to play,” Hol­stein said. Artists will pass the stage to one an­other as time goes so as to en­sure fresh mu­sic is be­ing played through­out the en­tire event.

The event is still a way’s off, and any num­ber of new ven­dors or artists could leave or join the fes­ti­val. Those with ques­tions about be­com­ing a ven­dor can con­tact Hol­stein at 770-648-2706. The fes­ti­val it­self is free and ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to at­tend.

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