This annual event brings thousands into the area to watch the 5K Race on Silver Comet Trail, see a variety of arts and crafts, listen to live entertainment, enjoy the parade, special events and watch the fireworks show. Fireworks are one of the favorite events. Plans are not to disappoint fans this year with a colorful display, sponsored by Floyd EMS, that will light up the night sky with a colorful display of rainbow hues.
Entertainment will begin Friday evening with a number of favorite groups on the calendar. They include Take One at 6 p.m., Chad Wood; 6:50, Victory Road; 7:30, and Heirborn at 8:30 p.m..
On Saturday, early birds can see the Homespun 5K Race on the Silver Comet Trail. According to organizers, approximately 150 participated in the race in 2009 and more are anticipated this year.
As part of this event, a free “Tot Trot” for kids ages 2-5 will be featured as well as a “Fun Run” for ages 5-11. All children of any age are welcomed to participate in the full 5K.
Registration is $25 for the 5K and the Fun Run is $15 and will begin at 7 a.m. All prices are per participant in each event. Runners are asked to be present by 7:30 a.m. as the 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9 o’clock. For more information, call 770-265-2045.
Highlighting the morning activities will be a parade at 10 a.m. Crowds traditionally line downtown streets to view the antics of Shriners and watch other groups as they travel through town.
Little girls in pretty dresses will blossom on stage at 11:25 a.m. when they compete to win the Rockmart High School Miss Homespun pageant. The Ballet Garden will perform at 12:40 p.m. and Crossview Community Church at 1:20.
Featured during the afternoon is one of the most popular events of Homespun. The Rotary/Polk Duck Race will begin at 2 p.m. People gather on the banks of Euharlee Creek to watch little yellow plastic ducks bob along to the finish line when winners are announced.
For those not interested in the duck race, there will be antique or classic cars parked at Richardson Field (across from the park). The show is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and car owners are usually on site to hear hometown folks and visitors comment on favorites.
Throughout the afternoon, entertainment usually captures the attention of the crowd. Seth Carter and Dixie Stil will present at 3:10 followed by Faded Glory at 4:15 and Bennie Gray at 4:45 p.m. At 5:30, Layla Southern will perform followed by Runnin Wild at 6:10 and Wayne Sanders and The Honkie Tonk Review at 6:55 p.m. From 9 to 10 p.m., Southern Thunder will take the stage and the day’s activities will climax with the fireworks at 10 p.m.
The Rockmart Police Department will host a dunking booth and other fun activities will include a mechanical bull ride, petting zoo and pony rides, climbing wall, dragonfly ride, turbo tubs ride, inflatable slide, bounce house, high striker game, duck pond game and sandbox of treasures.
For the hungry, there will be plenty of food to satisfy even the picky eater. Keep Polk Beautiful will sell boiled peanuts and the Cedar Valley Shrine Club will offer popcorn, corndogs, nachos and cotton candy.
Other tempting treats will be provided by Johnny’s Pizza, pizza by the slice; Lion’s Club, hot dogs, hamburgers and funnel cakes; Pritchard Farms, gyros, cheesecake and roasted corn; Big Brothers Haven, BBQ ribs, hot wings and fried okra; Rockmart Masonic Lodge, BBQ pork; Gypsy Wagon, turkey legs, fried jalapenos and fried green tomatoes; Hill Billy Café, fish baskets, chicken baskets; Vicki Evans, blooming onions; The Payne’s, chocolate covered fruit; IFCC, homemade ice cream; Optimist Club, snow cones; Rockmart High School volleyball, fresh squeezed lemonade and baked goods.
The Polk County Chamber of Commerce with the support of sponsors hosts the Homespun Festival as a fund-raising event.