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Covered Bridge festival, zombie run take shape in Euharlee

With a fall festival and 5K on tap, the city of Euharlee soon will be buzzing with activity. While the Covered Bridge Zombie Run will wind through the historic downtown Saturday afternoon, the two-day Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival will begin Friday evening.

Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival
Presented by the city of Euharlee, the Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival will be held Friday and Saturday at Frankie Harris Park, 11 Euharlee Five Forks Road.

“This year’s festival [will] be the eighth annual Covered Bridge Fall Festival,” festival Coordinator Deanna Berry said. “Over the years, it has evolved from a small-town fall festival to being a regional event, attracting vendors and attendees from all over northwest Georgia.

“The Covered Bridge Fall Festival has grown over the years, recently seeing attendance of over 3,500. Its unique mix of arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, great food and laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere is what keeps people coming back year after year. In addition, there is no admission, and many activities for children [are] free of charge.”

On Friday, Ashlie Rae will kick off the festival with a concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Along with the Sixes Tavern beer garden being accessible, vendors also will be offering food during the show.

“On Saturday, the festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.,” Berry said. “There will be 50 [plus] crafts and food vendors, live entertainment throughout the day, free kids’ activities, hayrides and even a hay maze provided by Taylor Farm Supply. There is truly something for everyone at the Covered Bridge Fall Festival.

“As always, we want to thank [our] sponsors for making the event possible. The city of Euharlee appreciates the support of Georgia Power, Euharlee Storage and Skin Cancer Specialists P.C. as festival sponsors. Also, Children’s Dental Center of Cartersville for providing the free kids’ activities, Sixes Tavern for hosting the beer garden and Rainy Lewis American Family Insurance for sponsoring the Friday night concert this year.”

For more information, visit http://www.euharlee.com or the festival’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EuharleeCoveredBridgeFallFestival.

Covered Bridge Zombie Run
On Saturday, the United Way of Bartow County will offer a 5K with a twist. As runners take in the scenery of historic Euharlee, they also will be pursued by individuals dressed up as zombies.

“This is the first year we’ve had a zombie run,” said Brenda Morehouse, president of the local United Way. “We just were trying to think of something that was trending that we could do in the community to raise money for us and our partner agencies and then also something that we could do that would be out in Euharlee using the historic bridge and the old church and cemeteries. ... When we thought about the zombie run and the motif of it out there and the fact that they are already having a festival, we thought we would tie it together.

“... We went to some of our donors like Target and Shaw and Georgia Power, and they put together some employees that wanted to be zombies. They are getting dressed up as zombies and coming out and will be placed in different places throughout the course. They will chase the runners. ... We’re using flag football belts, and there’s three flags on every belt. ... As they run the course, if they get a flag taken off, then they get infected. So if you get through the whole course without having any flags taken off, then you’ll get a certificate saying, ‘I survived the Euharlee Covered Bridge Zombie Run.’”

Registration on the day of the event — which will be $35 — will be underway at Woodland Middle School from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with the first heat beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the Covered Bridge Zombie Run will benefit United Way’s agencies, which include Allatoona Resource Center, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Bartow County 4-H Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Civil Air Patrol, American Red Cross, Christian League for Battered Women, New Beginnings Food Outreach, The Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Foundation, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, Hickory Log Vocational School, North Bartow Community Services, Bartow Health Access, Girl Scouts Division of Bartow County and Advocates for Children.

Currently in the midst of its annual campaign, the local United Way is trying to raise $600,000 by Nov. 30. Although it does include some special events, like the zombie run, the drive primarily generates funds through payroll deductions, which enables employees to donate a minimal amount yearlong, with a portion of their paycheck designated to the United Way.

“We kicked off our campaign at the end of July. We’re already at 70 percent,” Morehouse said, referring to only 30 percent of their goal still needing to be raised. “We’re doing real, real good. ... We are still encouraging companies that did not do a payroll deduction campaign to give us a call, so we can come out and talk to their employees.”

For more information about the United Way or its upcoming 5K, call 770-386-1677 or visit http://www.bartowliveunited.org.