The first Gordon County runners to cross the finish line were Lynn Whittenburg 23:49 and Russell Redd 23:07.
The day started with Boy Scout Troop #58 raising the colors followed by a Memorial Day Prayer offered by City Councilman Max Mulkey.
The 5-K Run was started by Mayor Harry Pearce and the day’s activities were underway. Volunteers from Girl Scout Troop # 7218 provided the first water station along the route and the second was handled by volunteers from Calhoun’s Fitness First Gym.
Representatives from the following United Way agencies assisted on the race route: American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia, Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach Office, Prevent Child Abuse Gordon County, Voluntary Action Center, The Bridge, Calhoun City Recreation Department, The Winners Club, and the Coulter Hampton Foundation. Also helping were volunteers from the Sonoraville Volunteer Fire Department, Cherokee Capital Amateur Radio Society, and Gordon EMS along with three bicycle EMTs on the route to offer immediate assistance.
Gordon County Sheriff’s deputies and City of Fairmount police department provided traffic support. Other community volunteers including Sandy Dillard and members of the United Way Board of Directors assisted the runners.
A record number of vendors were on hand to provide food, arts and crafts items, information along with lots of politicians.
Volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Red Cross assisted with the children’s activities which included games and bouncey houses. The Gordon County Antique Engine and Tractor Club once again provided tractor rides for those in attendance. Carl Scoggins and Donald McReynolds provided mule and buggy rides. The Cherokee Promenadors also performed.
Joe Holder of Classic American Rides brought together a huge antique car show with over 60 entries. Trophies were presented to the winners with plaques going to the top 25 cars and top 7 trucks.
The People’s Choice Faith Townsend (in memory of Kenneth Townsend) 1957 Chevy Lady’s Choice Mary Sue Massey 1957 Ford Thunderbird Best in Show Kathy Harpin 1940 Convertible Rat Rod Leon Lonas 1936 Hudson
The highlight of the day was the veteran’s recognition ceremony led by Mr. Alton Cadenhead a WWIII veteran. Seventy-five veterans were recognized by name and given a commemorative pin. Mr. Cadenhead reminded everyone that they couldn’t thank our veterans enough for what they have done for our country. He praised the veterans for their service, remembered those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and reminded the veterans that they were members of the largest fraternity that is growing everyday. He ended his comments by leading the crowd in the song “God Bless America”.
The festival is a partnership between the City of Fairmount and United Way of Gordon County. Proceeds from this festival will be shared equally among the United Way agencies represented, the Boy Scout Troop 58 and Girl Scout Troop 7218 both of Fairmount.
An event that started three years ago has turned into an annual tradition that grows each year. Plans are already underway for next year’s festival scheduled for Monday, May 27, 2013.