Powers Festival returns for 43rd year
by Sarah Fay Campbell
In Coweta County, for the past 42 years, Labor Day weekend has included the Powers Festival, with arts and crafts, fun, food and entertainment.
The 43rd annual festival runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. off Highway 34 West between Newnan and Franklin.
The festival features high-quality arts and crafts, with only handmade items allowed. The food has changed a lot over the years, and commercial food vendors were brought in a few years ago to expand the offerings.
"We've upgraded the food," said Amy Lane of Powers Pavilion, the new name for the festival grounds. “We've been able to try all these vendors now, so we're only inviting back the ones that are awesome."
This is the second Labor Day weekend Powers Festival since operation of the festival and grounds was turned over to a management company. Coweta Festivals Inc., the group of five non-profits that has owned and run the festival for most of its history, still is the owner, but isn't as involved in the operations. Coweta Festivals gets a portion of the proceeds from events held at the property.
Lane said they've worked hard to only have quality, handmade items at the festival. "We thoroughly go through every application" to make sure no "buy-sell" items slip in, Lane said.
In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be some gourmet-packaged food and farm-fresh produce. There will also be a blacksmith, pony rides and a petting zoo from Jubilee Farms, and plenty of carnival-type rides for the kids.
Last year, the Powers Pavilion management group brought in some carnival-style rides for the kids, and they were a big hit, so that aspect is being expanded. There will also be a zip line, water walkers, monkey bungee, Moon Walks and more.
Entertainment has become a bigger part of the festival since Mark Turnham of Xcessive Sound got involved. In addition to the main stage, there are smaller stages near the vendors, so there will be live music all three days.
Among the performers for the 2013 Labor Day weekend festival is duo R & R — Riley Yielding and Rebecca Roper. Yielding will be featured on a side stage throughout the entire weekend festival. He also makes custom, hand-crafted guitars that will be for sale.
Some other music lined up for the 43rd annual festival: Neil Cribbs, Kris Youmans, Paige McCauley, Sweet Grass Sally, Brushfire Bluegrass, 3 Buck Shy, Kat Lewis, George Applegate and the Saltwater Band, and Captain Stab and Maybelle.
Adult admission for the Powers Festival is $7. Children 6 and under are admitted free, and tickets for seniors 55 and older are $5. Coupons will be available to turn one day’s admission into a three-day pass.
For more information, visit www.powerspavilion.com or call the Powers Pavilion office at 770-253-2011.