Kingston Spring Fling Festival set for Saturday
by Marie Nesmith
May 05, 2011 | 2168 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Rev. Homer Printup of Queen Chapel Independent Methodist Church serves Jo Cates a fish plate at last year’s Kingston Spring Fling. A bigger event is promised this year.
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The Rev. Homer Printup of Queen Chapel Independent Methodist Church serves Jo Cates a fish plate at last year’s Kingston Spring Fling. A bigger event is promised this year. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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To help foster community involvement and interaction, the Community Catalyst Corp. is encouraging the public to attend the Kingston Spring Fling Festival. Scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the annual event will be centrally located at Kingston's park between Railroad and Main streets.

"Community Catalyst Corp. wants to do things for the community," said Cathy Pecchio, executive director for CCC, which is sponsoring the festival. "We're trying to do things for the community to get them out and get everybody to know each other and have a good time and just start [a] dialogue happening. This is just a good way to get everybody out together for something good."

According to a news release from CCC, the festival's "entertainment will include music by Bartow County's homegrown singer/songwriter Donny Hammond, a children's book reading by Nigerian born Obi Chidebele-eze, a dance performance from the Spirit of Dance Group of Cartersville, a Minute To Win It competition for three age groups and a Children's Pageant [at 2 p.m.] And of course there will be prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle and multiple cake walks.

"There will be a children's area located in the ball field with lots of attractions. The area will feature a large inflatable, The Adreneline Zone; with three slides and an obstacle course. A smaller bounce house will be available for smaller children just to jump. Games will include a beanbag throw and a six-hole mini-golf. There will be a 'make it and take it' Lego area as well. Cricket's Mobile Petting Zoo will provide animals to pet. And Destiny Farms of Taylorsville will provide pony rides and will have a miniature horse pull a cart in which babies can ride. An all-day pass to the children's area costs $5. There will be an additional charge of $3 for a pony ride."

Along with the entertainment lineup and children's activities, there also will be craft and food vendors, a beekeeper who will provide a demonstration on beeswax candle-making, a yard sale and a classic car show, in which Charles Pecchio -- CCC chairman -- will display some of his celebrity cars, like Charlie Sheen's 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible.

While there is a fee to enter the children's area, there are no other admission charges. Proceeds from the pageant -- children's area entrance costs and the 50/50 raffle -- will go toward the CCC.

Formed in 2002 by Pecchio's husband, Charles, CCC is a catalyst to promote "change for the better" in Kingston. Along with the city's GED program, the nonprofit also supports an annual clothing drive and currently is working toward restoring the Station Master's House that was used by Union Gen. William T. Sherman in 1864.

"They started in about 2002 and they just wanted to do things for the people in the community, in and around Kingston, especially in terms of furthering their education [and] to help people get better jobs," Pecchio said. "They also started the Meals on Wheels program here that went on for a couple of years, then one of the churches took it over. ... [Community Catalyst] -- it's kind of like a catalyst to start things and then the idea is that people will take it over and then they'll move on to another project."

For more information about the Kingston Spring Fling Festival, visit www.ccatalyst.org or call Pecchio at 404-409-8422. Further details about the pageant for youth up to 12th grade can be obtained by contacting Tina Wilson at 678-848-4750. There will be a pageant rehearsal for the entrants Friday, 6 p.m., at Kingston City Park.