This downtown street festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will feature booths from local businesses as well as food and arts and crafts vendors showcasing local services and merchandise.
After a turn out of 88 vendors last year, the hope for the festival this year is “the bigger the better,” said Suzanne Roland, the director of the Downtown Development Authority. “The more vendors the larger the crowd will be.”
“It was a great opportunity,” said Kim Gallman, former owner of Gourmet Day Café in Calhoun. “I look at it as a marketing tool for businesses to be able to promote themselves.”
According to Gallman, Harvest Fest is a great way for people in the community to get involved and see what the busnisses in the county have to offer.
“I really enjoyed myself,” said Lee Whitfield from The Best Ribs in Town restaurant who participated in the festival last year. “My business will be participating again this year.”
There are a few changes with the festival this year, according to Rolands. In place of the $25 hold fee for vendors will now be a $20 non-refundable registration fee for all vendors who wish to participate, but participants are allowed to keep all of their profits acrewed throughout the day.
In addition, the health department will be meeting with food vendors prior to the event to discuss rules and regulations for the sale of food outdoors, said Roland.
“It’s a lot of fun for kids and for the family,” said Roland. There will be face painting, a Halloween costume competition, a pie eating contest, live entertainment and a race car for children to take their picture with, said Roland.
The festival will be held on the Court Street and Park Avenue intersection, and there is currently enough room for 100 vendors to participate so reservations should be made early, said Roland. The deadline for vendor registeration is Friday, Oct. 8.
For more information about the festival or to reserve a vendor spot cantact the Downtown Development office at (706) 602-5570.