WELSHFest is com­ing to Rock­mart.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

WELSHfest Her­itage Days plan­ning is al­ready back up and run­ning con­tin­u­ing the area’s tra­di­tion of pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port for The Rock­mart His­tory Mu­seum and restora­tion and preser­va­tion of present day Van Wert Church in Rock­mart. Bro­ken down into teams of work­ers, suc­cess is al­ready clearly ap­par­ent buzzing with over­whelm­ing en­cour­age­ment and achieve­ments pre­par­ing for this yearly event, com­ing up on Satur­day, March 17.

With­out the fes­ti­val and com­mu­nity sup­port, the Mu­seum would be lack­ing in up to date tools, the progress to pre­serve and re­store this struc­ture, its area’s rich Welsh his­tory and be­gin­ning chap­ters of all the county churches we wor­ship in to­day would be lost.

This year’s team of vol­un­teers in­cludes Brenda and Jim Car­roll, Nancy Feek, Ash­ley Gau­den, Greg Gray, Jeff Hol­stein, Diane Hughes, Jeri Purdy, Pat Samp­son Diane Simp­son, John and Linda Spray­berry, Robin Thack­ston, Sa­van­nah Wall, and Ann Wheeler.

The even will in­clude 58 ven­dors par­tic­i­pat­ing and will be held in the down­town Rock­mart area. Food ser­vices in­cluded in the lineup are Timbo’s Smoke­house, Ge­or­gia Con­ces­sion Lady, Sweet Tooth Cre­ations, Su­san Davis’ pork rinds, boiled peanuts, cot­ton candy, our lo­cal ven­dors of the Farmer’s Mar­ket, Girl Scouts Cook­ies, Lion’s Club with Fun­nel Cakes, Nana’s Cook­ing with Fish and Chips, Desserts and Fried Chicken.

The an­nual event seeks to cel­e­brate Welsh her­itage in Rock­mart, where the first set­tlers built the ear­li­est log struc­ture in 1846 on the north side of the present day ceme­tery at Van Wert Church in what was then Pauld­ing County, now Polk County.

Visit welshfest.vp­web.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

File, Kevin Myrick / SJ

Or­ga­niz­ers will soon be set­ting up once again for WELSHFest, with 58 ven­dors ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate dur­ing the up­com­ing March event.

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