SpringFest slated for Saturday

Published 4:27 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Historic downtown Georgiana will be the place to be Saturday for fun, bargains and to benefit a good cause.

The Georgiana ACTION Civitan Club’s second annual SpringFest will take place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will not only feature antiques, arts and crafts, collectables, yard sale items, baked goods and fun activities for youngsters, but proceeds will benefit the club’s National Leadership Forum Scholarship Fund.

“We will close West Railroad Avenue to traffic, and open the streets to everyone to view the wares of vendors,” Georgiana City Council member Byron Ward said.

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Ward said admission is free, “the deals are not to be missed” and “all proceeds will benefit the Georgiana (ACTION) Civitan National Leadership Forum Scholarship Fund.”

Ward serves as immediate past present and charter president of the Georgiana ACTION Civitan Club.

Ward said the event is meant to attract people to the city’s downtown.

He explained that about 40 years ago, downtown was the most vibrant part of Georgiana, “especially on Saturdays.”

Now, he said, not much goes on in small towns.

“This gives folks the opportunity to come downtown and view some wares and help out a good cause,” he said.

Civitan Clubs in Alabama started the National Leadership Forum held at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Ward said.

He said it was a great way for young people to learn to become a part of their community, teach them good leadership skills and teach them to be patriots of their nation.

In addition to good civics lessons, Ward said, the forum teaches young people to deal with despair and the things they will face in life in a “creative and meaningful way.”

Ward said that is something a lot of young people do not get in today’s classroom.

In addition to all the items for sale, Ward said SpringFest will include activities for children such as jumping booths, face painting and games.

Vendor space is limited, Ward said. For more information contact Ward at (334) 376-0359.