By Alex Welch
The 36th Annual Geranium Festival is set
for Saturday, May 18, in downtown McDonough. Sponsored by the
McDonough Lions Club, the event brings in thousands of visitors from
every part of Georgia and other states around the South each year.
The turnout for the 2013 edition is expected to range from 25,000 to
30,000 people, exceeding the attendance mark set in the past. Over
300 vendors will be filling up the Square and the surrounding
streets. Vendors come from all over outlying states and even extend
as far as Texas. Ed Galbreath, Festival Co-Chair, is excited about
this widespread interest again this year. “The response we’ve got is
tremendous,” he said. “It’s phenomenal throughout the community.”
Food and drinks will be all over the festival, but there’s much more
to be excited about for the weekend. “Arts and crafts are the heart
of the festival. Everyone is so creative,” said Galbreath, talking
about the vast range of work that will be on display. The Geranium
Festival will have more eye screenings this year, which are free to
everyone in attendance. Parking is also free to all visitors. There
will be spaces available at the deck behind the judicial center, and
a shuttle will provide transportation for anyone parking at Henry
County High School. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.
There is no cost for admission.