Home­spun 2019 still fun, but rain cuts it short over week­end

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Sean Williams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

Another year of the Home­spun Fes­ti­val meant another year of home­made arts and crafts, fresh food, and plenty of lo­cal mu­sic for Polk cit­i­zens who flocked to Se­aborne Jones park by the hun­dreds.

The event is one of Rock­mart’s most no­table tra­di­tions, and while it fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on crafts, the event has evolved to in­clude en­ter­tain­ers and ven­dors of all sorts. Cloth­ing, tum­blers, baby items, paint­ings, and all sorts of knick-knacks were sold through­out the day, but lo­cals could also be seen spend­ing time at the pet­ting zoo, tak­ing turns rid­ing the horse, and jump­ing to their hearts con­tent on the bungee-cord tram­po­lines.

Re­gard­less of how they spent the day, there was no short­age of food to keep lo­cals full and happy. Bar­be­cue, boiled peanuts, frozen le­mon­ade, hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, ribs, na­chos, and fun­nel-cakes were just a few of the items lo­cals could be seen eat­ing dur­ing the day.

The sec­ond day of the fes­ti­val did ul­ti­mately get can­celed due to the ris­ing creek and bad weather, but rain didn’t stop lo­cal non-prof­its from bring­ing news and de­tails about their or­ga­ni­za­tion straight to lo­cals on Fri­day. Groups such as the Our House Women’s Shel­ter, CASA of Polk and Har­al­son Coun­ties, and the Life Mat­ters Out­reach were hand­ing out pam­phlets and speaking to cit­i­zens even with dark clouds over­head.

The mu­si­cians also held strong, and the sounds of coun­try, rock, and gospel were pro­vided by the likes of the Bell­wether Wor­ship Band and Leah Kaye. Spe­cial thanks are owed to Gospel Night spon­sor Sher­man Ross State Farm.

Rain also meant Satur­day events like the he­li­copter rides, the pa­rade, and the duck race were post­poned, but with the first day of the fes­ti­val as busy as it was, lo­cals still seemed con­tent. The Ro­tary Club also still plans to do the duck race later in the fall, though no spe­cific date has been se­lected.

It’s un­clear if the sec­ond day of Home­spun will simply be resched­uled, but even if fire­works didn’t close out the fes­tiv­i­ties this year, Polk cit­i­zens still got to come to­gether for at least one day this week­end. A de­ci­sion on whether fire­works will be resched­uled in the near fu­ture is still up for the Cham­ber board and Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter to de­cide.

The Rome-based hospital made a do­na­tion this year to make fire­works a pos­si­bil­ity. The two or­ga­ni­za­tions will work to­gether to de­ter­mine what to do about a make-up date for fire­works af­ter forth­com­ing meet­ings to dis­cuss.

Busi­nesses that helped make the event pos­si­ble in­clude pre­mier spon­sor Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, stage spon­sor Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and Pa­rade Spon­sor Waste In­dus­tries. Ge­or­gia Power serves as the Power Up! Gen­er­a­tor spon­sor and Peach State Ford plans to spon­sor the Cham­ber’s pho­tos taken dur­ing the event.

Up­dates about the event can be found by vis­it­ing www.face­book.com/ Home­spunFes­ti­val/.

sean Williams

A pet­ting zoo was part of the fun for youth on Fri­day night, July 19 at the Home­spun Fes­ti­val in Rock­mart.

Cham­ber board mem­bers vol­un­teered to of­fer as­sis­tance to pa­trons and ven­dors alike at the 42nd an­nual Home­spun Fes­ti­val in Rock­mart on July 19.

Ven­dors were setup by the af­ter­noon and wait­ing for the crowds to come take part in the Home­spun Fes­ti­val in Rock­mart on July 19.

Ven­dors were setup in Se­aborn Jones Park for the first evening of Home­spun 2019, which was gospel night for the an­nual event.

above: Youth got the chance to swing and bounce around on rides in Se­aborn Jones Park in Rock­mart dur­ing Home­spun 2019 on Fri­day evening, July 19. left: Youth were given the chance to take pony rides in Se­aborn Jones Park in Rock­mart dur­ing Home­spun 2019.

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