Cedar Valley Arts Festival 2014

FILE - Leeanna Carter and Russell Sorrell enjoy a swing ride at the Cedar Valley Arts Festival

Clear the calendar for the weekend of April 28-30 for the Cedartown Junior Service League’s annual fundraiser taking over Peek Park, and thus College Street in just over a week.

The 53rd annual Cedar Valley Arts Festival kicks off on Friday afternoon, April 28 in Peek Park in Cedartown from 5 to 9 p.m., with 74 confirmed vendors showing up to provide fun, food and interesting finds of all kinds in the park.

This venue provides a perfect location to showcase local artists, craftsmen, and musicians,” said Laura Newton, one of several organizers with the Junior Service League putting together. “We pride ourselves on showcasing the talents of our young artists as well by displaying artwork for every elementary student in Polk County.”

That artwork will be placed on the fences of the tennis courts like they have been in past years, and vendors will be setup throughout the park.

Along with the annual festival, the Arts Festival also hosts a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, April 29. Signups continue for the run through this Saturday at a cost $20 per participant.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Arts Festival website www.cedarvalleyartsfestival.com and mailed in or participants can register online at www.active.com.

Registration after April 22nd is $25. Group leaders contact Brigitte Tillery at btillery@polk.k12.ga.us for group rate. Race day registration and packet pick up is being held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. 5K begins at 8:00; Fun Run begins soon after.

All runners should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. Awards ceremony will be at Park Peek Amphitheater following the race. Event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given rain or shine.

The Arts Festival will be holding the annual dog show on Sunday, April as the feature event of the day.

It begins at 2 p.m., with registration ahead of time at 1:30 p.m.

It’s an amateur show, and all dogs and breeds are welcome to participate.

Food vendors on hand will include a number of locals, including some favorites around the area, Newton said.

“Timbo’s Smokehouse is coming back for his third year, and we will be welcoming Speakcheesy, who offers gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, as a first time food vendor at our festival this year,” she said. “Other food vendors will offer many of the traditional foods including philly cheesesteak, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, funnel cakes, and cotton candy, and more.”

A children’s area will also be setup with pony rides, a rock climbing wall, swings, and water walkers.

“We will also offer some arts and crafts projects for children at no cost,” Newton said.

Parking will likely take up most of College Street during the weekend, so local residents should be advised to mark off their driveways to keep them clear starting on Friday afternoon.

The Cedar Valley Arts Festival will go on rain or shine during the three-day event next weekend, organizers said. Pets are also welcome, but need to be kept with their owners at all times on leashes.

The Cedartown Junior Service League does not charge admission to attend the festival. Vendors typically take a number of forms of payment at their stalls, including a variety of credit cards. However, many food vendors prefer cash only transactions, and no ATMs are in the park. Come prepared with cash just in case.