This Saturday, autumn will be in the air, as the annual Fall Festival will take place in Historic Downtown Cedartown, beginning at 9 a.m.
This year, the festival will be directly followed by the fourth and final Block Party of the year. The two events will create a day packed with arts and crafts, entertainment, great food and plenty of camaraderie on Main Street.
Ramona Ruark, Main Street Director for the Downtown Cedartown Association, said there is a full day of events planned.
“It’s going to be a continuous, all day event,” she said. She added that Main Street will be closed to car traffic from 9 a.m. until midnight so visitors will be able to freely roam downtown and check out all the vendors. Ruark added closing the streets makes it easier on parents, as they do not have to worry about their children being around a busy street.
Ruark said that numerous food and arts and crafts vendors have signed up, including some long-time favorites. She said there will be food available to suit all tastes with barbeque, hamburgers, hot dogs, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, pizza, nachos and a corn roasting vendor. That is not including the popcorn, cotton candy and the always-popular peanut brittle that will be available as well.
Highlights for the arts and crafts vendors will be crotchet items, children’s dresses, lip balm and lotion sticks made from bee’s wax, and bath salts among many other items. As always, all arts and crafts will be handmade.
In addition to the food and crafts, the popular fall mums will be available. Children will enjoy inflatables and face painting.
The festival opens at 9 a.m. A parade will be at 10 a.m. Ruark said there is good participation lined up for the parade.
“The Cedartown High School Band and the CHS Homecoming Court will be in the parade,” she said.
Following the parade, there will be a variety of entertainment lined up throughout the day. There will be two stages set up, a stage near Pink Sugar, on the corner of Main Street and West Avenue, and a City Stage, which will be located near Ideal Bakery.
At 11 a.m., the Young’s Grove Drama Team will perform on the stage at Pink Sugar. Following that performance, the chorus groups from Northside Elementary and Young’s Grove Elementary will be on the same stage at 11:30 a.m.
At 12:30 on the City Stage, Cedartown residents McCall Pirkle and the Lundy Boys band will perform. Following that performance on the stage at Pink Sugar, a fashion show will be held at 1:30 p.m.
The Cedartown Police Department Trio will take the City Stage at 2:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., the Second Steps Dance Studio will take the stage at Pink Sugar. On the same stage at 3:30 p.m., visitors to the festival will have the chance to show their own talents by doing karaoke.
At 4:30 p.m., the Children’s gospel and contemporary choir will perform on the stage at Pink Sugar. Country music artist Cindy Smith will perform between 5-6 p.m. on the City Stage.
Local band Scratch Off John will perform on the City Stage for the Block Party between 7-11 p.m.
Ruark said that many of the food vendors will stick around for the Block Party as well. “Everyone is encouraged to bring folding chairs to sit and enjoy the entertainment,” Ruark said.
The block party is sponsored by Charter Communications and hosted by the Downtown Cedartown Association. Ruark said the block parties have proved to be quite popular, with the recent late August event being one of the biggest yet.
Ruark said that a lot of planning goes into an event like this, and she said it would not be possible without the support of the Downtown Cedartown Association board and the promotion committee, which includes Jacquie Peterson, Dawn Abney, Peggie Burgess, Donnie McKibben, Laura Bates, Lauren Dizon and Gabbie Vicha.
Ruark hopes to have a big crowd on hand for the festival and block party.
“We will have a great parade, great food and arts and crafts vendors and good entertainment,” she said. “I would also like to encourage everyone in Polk County to tell their friends from surrounding areas to come and enjoy our Fall Festival as well.”