43rd annual Powers Festival opens today

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Charles Adams, a Powers exhibitor for 43 years, gets his booth ready on Friday.

It's Labor Day weekend, and it's time to shop.

For the next three days, Cowetans and plenty of visitors will be searching for fine arts and fabulous deals at the Powers Festival and at the various flea markets and yard sales along Hwy. 34 West and around the county, as well as at the sidewalk sale in downtown Newnan being held today.

The Powers Festival, now in its 43rd year, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Sunday, and Monday at the festival grounds off Hwy. 34 West at the Coweta/Heard county line.

It features fine arts and crafts, gourmet packaged foods and fresh produce, lots of delicious festival food, carnivalstyle rides and other activities for the kids, and live entertainment that includes 28 bands on four stages.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and kids 6 and under are admitted free. Coupons that make a single-day admission a three-day pass are available at various locations.

A portion of the proceeds go to Coweta Festivals Inc., the group of five non-profit organizations that owns the festival grounds and has operated the festival for many years. They include the Coweta 4-H, Newnan-Coweta Jaycees, Pilot Club of Newnan, Newnan-Coweta Art Association and Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to the crowds that have for years flocked to the Powers Festival, formerly known as Powers' Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival, property owners all along Hwy. 34 West set up yard sales and little flea markets and craft festivals all along the way meaning there is plenty of shopping to do this weekend.

Participants were busy setting up their stations at the Powers Pavilion venue on Friday.

Ingram and Kay Cornelius of 'The Hat Lady' were filling their booth with homemade hats, hat decorations and hair bows. They also size and fit hats. 'We are hatters,' Kay said.

They're from Florence, Ala., and sell their hats at large events, including the Kentucky Derby. They first came to Powers in the spring. 'We're glad to be here,' said Kay.

Charles Adams is one of the few exhibitors who has participated for all 43 years. He sells stained glass and glass art, as well as the famous all-day suckers.

He's hoping this year will be more successful for him than last year, which was the first year for the festival under the new management company for Powers Pavilion. 'This year is going to tell the story,' Adams said.

The weather forecast calls for highs in the mid to upper 80s all three days, with a chance of scattered thunderstorms.



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