Crowd samples Taste of Newnan
by Wes Mayer
Hundreds of people crowded into downtown Newnan Thursday evening to explore the many different foods and treats of the city.
It was a clear, cool, fall night for Taste of Newnan as people traded their tickets for samples of menu items from local restaurants, businesses and groups. The event, which lasted from 5 to 8:30 p.m., included more than 40 vendors, rides and activities for kids, and live music organized by 93.3 The Joy.
Harold and Cathy Baker visited Newnan for the event, enjoying a sampling while relaxing on North Court Square. The event was a great way to taste all of Newnan in one sitting, they said.
The vendors spread out along the North and South Court Square and West Washington Street, and each restaurant had a menu of food and treats available to taste. The crowd enjoyed a variety of barbecue, deep fried Oreos, roasted corn on the cob, cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes, ice cream, hot dogs, freshly-squeezed lemonade and all kinds of foods special to Newnan’s restaurants.
The West Georgia Technical College culinary arts school set up a deep-fried, circus-style selection of food; Truman’s BBQ came complete with a big-headed Truman mascot; youngsters ran around with red 93.3 The Joy balloons and everyone walked around with plates full of food getting their Taste of Newnan.
Live music and seating was available along West Broad Street, but the crowd also sat around the Court Square and historic Coweta County Courthouse to enjoy their food. A bouncing house and spinning ride were set up on West Washington Street to bring smiles to kids and parents, and live music was performed by Johnny Diaz, a Christian artist from Nashville, and Atlanta’s Paige McCauley and The Band, who provided country music that resonated throughout the square.
The event was organized and sponsored by Main Street Newnan, Newnan Utilities, SouthTowne dealership, the Bank of North Georgia and Wells Fargo.