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McDonough Arts to host annual festival April 21
by Nneka M. Okona
April 13, 2013 07:57 PM | 2205 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, McDonough Arts Board Members, Debbie Withers, Helen Ponce, and Elaine Ford.
From left, McDonough Arts Board Members, Debbie Withers, Helen Ponce, and Elaine Ford.
The arts bonanza, otherwise known as the McDonough Spring ArtFest, will return to the Square April 21, noon to 5 p.m.

Spring ArtFest will feature an artists market, food vendors, art demonstrations, live entertainment as well as a ‘Tastiest Pound Cake’ contest.

Artists include an ice carver, fruit carver and a wood burner.

“We will have a host of different things,” said event chair Jea Gackowski.

The ‘Tastiest Pound Cake’ contest, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., will be judged in four categories: non-glazed traditional pound cakes, flavored and chocolate pound cakes with or without glaze, traditional pound cakes with glaze and men’s category pound cakes.

Judges will award winners with ribbons at 1 p.m. A blue ribbon will be given to the first place winner, in addition to a $50 prize and the second place winner will be given a red ribbon.

Guest celebrity chef Kathy Shepherd, owner of Incredible Southern Poundcakes in Stockbridge, will also be present.

This year’s festival has a few new additions in terms of the intersection of the arts and children, according to Gackowski.

“This year we’re having a kid’s quadrant,” Gackowski said. “We’re going to let the kids design a superhero for the county.”

Gackowski said Andy Davis, who is currently working on a sculpture of Patrick Henry for the city, will be present at the arts festival.

Within the children’s quadrant, artistic works will be created in conjunction with the sculpture-to-be.

“We will have Andy there and we will let the kids do a watercolor painting of Patrick Henry so they understand what it is all about,” said Gackowski.

The overall mission of the festival is to foster the thriving arts environment in the city, which is why Gackowski said residents should attend.

“We have a much bigger vision for arts in Henry County,” she said. “We have some untapped talent in our city and we really want to build upon that. We’re excited and think the [Spring ArtFest] is a good showcase for the county.”

If you go:
When: April 21, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: McDonough Square
What: Artists market, art demonstrations, ‘Tastiest Pound Cake’ contest
Information: www.mcdon

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