Spring version of Powers' Festival opens Saturday
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The Powers’ Festival is a Labor Day weekend tradition in Coweta County, and now the people at Powers’ Pavilion are hoping to start a new tradition — a spring Powers’ Festival.
The inaugural spring festival will be held next weekend, April 27-28, on the Powers’ Festival grounds, located off Hwy. 34 West/Franklin Highway at the Coweta/Heard County line.
Powers’ Pavilion is the new name of the Powers’ Festival property, which has become a year-round events venue.
Next weekend’s spring festival will feature fine arts and crafts, live music on three stages, lots of food, and activities for the kids (and adults, too) — just like the decades-old fall festival.
“Powers’ has always brought the community together through arts and crafts,” said Amy Lane, a partner in Powers’ Pavilion, which is managing the property for owner Coweta Festivals Inc.
“Our vision is to bring the community together through art and music,” she said. Crafts seem to be a dying thing in this day and age of X-boxes and the Internet.
“So each of our festivals is going to have a huge music” presence, she said. There will be 20 bands playing next weekend, Lane said. “There is going to be non-stop entertainment at every one of our events.”
In addition to a variety of live music, there will also be a performance by “Captain and Maybelle,” who were finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and do sword swallowing, fire breathing and other classic sideshow entertainment.
Lane said the Powers Pavilion group is “very, very excited” about the spring festival. It’s been somewhat difficult over the past few years to bring the festival back to its original vision of fine arts and crafts, and eliminate the “buy/sell vendors.”
“It is completely juried art and crafts,” Lane said.
Lane said at last check they had close to 100 arts and crafts vendors — almost as many as there were for the fall 2012 festival. There’s a “really big jewelry presence this year — a lot of hand-made jewelry,” she said.
Last fall, vendors were spread out all over the festival grounds, even though there were many empty spaces. For the new spring festival, all the vendors will be consolidated into one or two locations.
There will be plenty of food vendors, of all types. Lane said they had to close the applications for food vendors “pretty quick.”
“Food vendors love being out at Powers’. They do really well,” she said.
The food vendors will be a mix of non-profit organizations that typically exhibit at Powers’ and commercial food establishments.
There will also be a “lot of informational rentals for non-profits and different charitable organizations,” she said.
Various non-profit organizations are also providing the majority of the volunteers who will help run the festival.
The 2012 Powers’ Festival was the first one since property owners Coweta Festivals Inc. turned over the operation to a management company, headed up by Mark Turnham of Xcessive Sound and Zach Knight. Lane joined as a partner after the fall festival.
One of the major new additions at the 2012 festival was carnival-style rides for kids. They were a big hit.
For the spring festival, attractions include “Water Walkers,” human size hamster balls used on the water, the “Monkey Motion” bungee and a virtual car race. The rides are for all ages.
Admission for the spring edition is $5, with children 6 and under free. A dollar from each admission ticket goes to Coweta Festivals Inc., which owns the property and operated Powers’ for decades. Coweta Festivals Inc. is made up of five Coweta County non-profits: the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, Newnan Pilot Club, Jaycees, Coweta County 4-H and the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.