Powers off to great start, continues through Monday

by Celia Shortt


Jim Boyd, owner of Classic Cafe, is excited about having his business be at its first Powers Festival. 

Labor Day Weekend is here and with it has come the start of the 43rd Powers Festival at the Powers Pavilion in Newnan. “Overall, it is fantastic,” said Amy Lane who handles marketing, sponsorships and partnerships for Powers Pavilion. “I’m so excited. We were up until 1 a.m. getting everything ready. We’re going to have a great turnout. The new vendors are upping the ante, and it’s better than ever.”

Artist Mindy Harrell moved to Georgia from Utah in January. She’s been an artist her whole life, but has been full time for the past 12 years. She does custom and repurposed artwork. At Powers, her display is called “The Repurpose Painter.” “I love the atmosphere, the renaissance feel,” she said. “It’s fun being outside, listening to music all day.”

“I could not ask for a better team of people at Powers to work with,” she added.

A key part of the Powers Festival every year is the community. Members of the community come together and attend the festival, but it is also a time for them to showcase their businesses.

A group of friends who are traditional blacksmiths showcased their handmade items.

“It’s too much for one person to do,” said Jim Archambult, a professional blacksmith at Elite Ironworks. “Everything here is handmade, even the brooms.”

Their items for sale include brooms, shovels, spoons, corkscrews, and other household and crafty items.

Classic Cafe, a restaurant in Newnan, is enjoying being at its first Powers Festival.

“We’re excited to be here,” said Classic Cafe owner Jim Boyd. “It’s great because you get to meet people and make connections that go outside the festival.”

And no Powers Festival would be complete without the people who attend.

“It’s just fun,” said Pat Jenkins, who is attending her 15th Powers Festival. “It’s something different. I enjoy looking at the crafts.”

The Powers Festival continues through Monday at the Powers Pavilion on Hwy. 34. It was started in 1972 by Tom Powers and has been supplying the best arts, crafts, food, fun, and entertainment in that time.

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