Rocky, crafted by Keith Kelly of Cedartown, is a marketing tool for the event and will be available throughout the day for people who wish to be photographed with him.
Karl Welsher, St. David’s Welsh Society of Georgia,said the red dragon appears on the national flag of Wales.
The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolize Wales is in the Historia Brittonum, written around AD 829, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders.
In later history, at the Battle of Bosworth, Welsh-born King Henry VII (Henry Tudor, crowned 1485) unfurled the red dragon, which he in turn had adopted as his own emblem. As such, the red dragon has always represented the Welsh nation; iconising Wales’s unique cultural and historic heritage.”
A variety of special activities have been scheduled for Welshfest, which begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. The main hub of activity will be centered in downtown Rockmart at the Historical Museum/Polk County Chamber of Commerce offices at 133 South Marble St.
Jean Laltrello, Tourism Committee, and Welsher are chairing the event. They are working with community leaders and volunteers throughout the area.
Mayor Steve Miller said plans are underway to make Welshfest/Heritage Days more successful than in 2012.
Bob Culver has been selected as the Master of Ceremonies on March 16.
Highlights of the event include a 3.2-mile/5K fun run on the Silver Comet Trail from downtown Rockmart to Van Wert, bus tours,
cricket games, and more. Food and information stations will also be set for the hundreds of visitors expected to attend.