In­au­gu­ral Rock Mar­ket An­tiques Fes­ti­val is com­ing up on Satur­day

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A fes­ti­val fo­cused on the fur­nish­ings that fill the spa­ces in homes and of­fices is com­ing to Rock­mart this week­end, spon­sored by stores fea­tur­ing vin­tage items in the down­town area.

The first ever Rock Mar­ket An­tique Fes­ti­val is com­ing up this Satur­day, Septem­ber 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the area in front of the Veteran’s Me­mo­rial in Rock­mart.

Now and Then of Rock­mart have joined to­gether with Cot­ton Splin­ters Mar­ket­place & Christmas Shoppe, White Tulip Mar­ket, And Trea­sured Thrif­tique/Mixed Mar­ket as spon­sors for the up­com­ing event. The City of Rock­mart is also help­ing the group with the event.

The fes­ti­val brings 25 other ven­dors of­fer­ing vin­tage fur­ni­ture, prim­i­tive an­tiques, vin­tage ce­ramic Christmas trees, rusty/crusty barn finds, gas/oil signs, gas pumps, and mis­cel­la­neous hand­crafted decor, cloth­ing and much more to down­town Rock­mart.

The fes­ti­val is free to at­tend, and will in­clude some en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the day.

Polk County’s Dal­ton Dixon, who ap­peared on this pre­vi­ous sea­son of “The Voice,” will be on­stage along with blue­grass band Tried and True, Heir­born and Rex Garner is lead­ing a band Deeper than Shal­low.

Now and Then’s Tina Lanier said their goal is to bring in some­thing that shop­pers seek­ing out the old for their homes can find here lo­cally.

“An­tique shop­pers are a unique breed,” Lanier said. “Most shops would want to be the only one in town. If you’re an an­tique shop, you do not want to be the only one in town be­cause an­ti­quers have a de­sire to go where there’s sev­eral shops in or­der to make the trip a des­ti­na­tion event.”

The new fes­ti­val was born of an idea for­mu­lated in con­ver­sa­tion Lanier and a close friend at her store this past spring.

She added that those shops in Rock­mart each have their own char­ac­ter­is­tics and style, and ven­dors com­ing to take part will bring their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of vin­tage to Polk County as well.

”I think peo­ple are fig­ur­ing out that they can get a qual­ity, well-made item at a vin­tage an­tique shop for a frac­tion of what they would pay for at a good fur­ni­ture store, and the qual­ity is far su­pe­rior than any­thing ac­quired at an ‘box’ store,’” she said. ”It’s go­ing to stand up. It’s go­ing to last for many more years to come.”

11 con­tes­tants took part in the in­au­gu­ral XC Idol com­pe­ti­tion at the Polk County Fair.

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