No rain delay for local Labor Day events
by Mark Andrews
Sep 03, 2013 | 757 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville Morning Optimist Club’s Stars, Stripes and Cartersville event Monday was off to a wet start, but club president David Turner said 24 vendors still made there way onto Dellinger Park to help with the fundraiser and community event. Ranging from food vendors to a petting zoo, Turner said the vendor fees from the event, rescheduled from the Fourth of July, help to support the organization’s goal to aid and show appreciation to the youth of Bartow County.

“Every bit of the money we raise [as an organization] stays right here in Bartow County for the youth projects we do. We [aid] the children’s shelter, we do scholarships, the Boys & Girls club and the Youth Appreciation Breakfast,” Turner said.

Keeping with the organization’s title, Turner remained positive about the day’s festivities.

“We’ve only had four vendors from the Fourth of July cancel and the only reason they canceled out was because they had previous committents today,” Turner said Monday.

At Sam Smith Park, Pioneer Days rounded out its four-day festival, which included entertainment, arts-and-crafts vendors and carnival rides.

“We’re having to change how we’re going about doing things, like parking,” event co-chair Dub Cannon said. “But we’re good to go [with rides].”

Sponsored by Allatoona Charities, Inc., the event is one of the organizations few fundraisers throughout the year but is a big draw, often bringing about 15,000 people to the event each year.

According to www.pioneerdaysga.com, “ACI has three goals: help the needy, assist other non-profit organizations in the local community and state, and to assist national charitable organizations as deemed appropriate by the membership. ... ACI [hosts] an annual Christmas Luncheon for approximately 125 senior citizens [in] the area. Food, entertainment, door prizes and individual presents are provided — most of it donated.

“ACI also has provided Christmas presents each year for over 100 children and adults, our efforts are coordinated [through] Shop with a Hero, Joy Foundation. In addition to these events, [the nonprofit helps meet] the needs of every day life, such as rent, food, electricity, gas, prescription medicines, eyeglasses.”

To round out the day’s festivities, fireworks were presented at both Stars, Stripes and Cartersville as well as Pioneer Days.

Turner said the city of Cartersville assisted with the club’s ability to present fireworks.