"Last year was the first year of the Antiques and Arts Sale, and we did think it was a great success," said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is one of the event's sponsors. "We do want it to grow each and every year, and that's the beauty of being an outside festival. You do have time to grow and plenty of space to spare. The committee will be taking reservations for booths right up to the festival week. Of course set up will be early on Friday prior to that event. So we just need vendors, anyone that's still interested, to call prior to then. But there will be space available.
"We are looking for things, such as fine handcrafts, art, but there's also elements for children that have already been secured, such as sparkling tattoos and fun things like that. One unique event this year is the coin toss for Depression glass and pottery. Ken's Antiques & Auction is a local sponsor and they have received or purchased a large estate of Depression glass and pottery and in doing so they are going to be hosting a booth where people can come in and for a dollar, buy so many coins to toss. If you land in a select piece of pottery or Depression glass, then you can win that piece. So it's kind of a fun activity and an old-fashioned activity. That's a contest that was held for years at the [city's] Great Locomotive Chase Festival. It was always an Adairsville High School band fundraiser and always very popular and fun for all ages. So it's kind of unique that they are bringing something like that back."
For $75, artists and antique dealers can reserve a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth space. Adjacent spaces of the same size also can be secured for $50, if desired. To find out more information, potential vendors can visit www.AdairsvilleInApril.com or call Rose McCranie at 770-877-5209.
"We were very pleased with the quality of vendors [last year]," Wheeler said. "In terms of the artwork, we prefer handcrafts. Last year was diverse as far as art, ranging from fine art to jewelry to handmade furniture. And there were lots of different things and fun elements for children, such as face painting and sparkling tattoos, which made it fun for the whole family.
"It also drew antique dealers from around the Southeast, who sold everything from primitives to fine antique pieces for the home. And there were appraisals last year. I don't know if they'll be doing that this year, but if you have items, it is a good time to come to the event and talk to them about the antiques' year and price. ... We definitely want people to come out and enjoy themselves."
Along with showcasing unique artwork and antiques, the event also will spotlight downtown Adairsville and be one of the first opportunities for the public to view a mural of the Great Locomotive Chase on the 1847 W&A Rail Depot. Painted by Skip McNutt and Ernest Neal, the historic mural was funded by a $75,000 Rural Business Development Grant that was awarded to the Adairsville Downtown Development Authority's nonprofit committee, Adairsville Heritage Foundation.
"I think Adairsville's historic downtown with its restored streetscape is a natural fit for the Antiques and Arts Sale," said Adairsville Mayor Evan King in a news release. "Visitors enjoy the 'Norman Rockwell' look and feel that is so attractive to our residents. This event is a wonderful opportunity to expand the knowledge of what a jewel we have in downtown Adairsville."
Admission is free for the two-day festival. In addition to vendors, the event also will feature live music, guided tours of the Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam Museum, a raffle, an antiques auction at Ken's Antiques & Auction -- 204 S. Main St. -- on Saturday evening, and a performance by Cartersville's Dixie Fire Cloggers on Sunday.