Upcoming activities in Henry

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

If you’re looking for something to do, this weekend marks the beginning of a busy fall season full of events to bring the community together.

Festivities will kick off Friday through Sunday under the big top when the Cole Bros. Circus comes to Atlanta Motor Speed-way in Hampton. Times for the event are: 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., on Friday; and 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For ticket prices and more information, visit www.gotothecircus.com.

The Locust Grove Main Street Program will host Groovin’ in the Grove Saturday at 7 p.m., on the front lawn of City Hall, 3644 Ga. Highway 42. It will feature an evening of entertainment by the Mackie Creek Band, as well as a table-decorating contest, says Main Street Program Manager Anna Williams.

“I hear that people dance into the night,” says Williams, who is overseeing the event for the first time this weekend. “People get really excited about the table decorating as well.

The cost to attend is $150 for a table of eight. Groovin’ in the Grove is a fundraiser for the Locust Grove Main Street Program. Prizes will be awarded during the event for “Grooviest in the Grove” and “Best Match of Dress to Table.”

Williams adds that although Groovin’ in the Grove has carried themes to guide the table decorators in past years, the 2015 event will not have a specific theme.

“We felt like it gave people freedom to decorate their tables how they want,” says Williams.

Sponsors include G. Ben Turnipseed Engineers, the Smith Welch Webb & White law firm and Ben F. Windham Trial Attorneys. Williams says her nonprofit organization generated $8,200, before expenses, from last year’s event.

“We definitely want to do better than last year,” she says. “It’s our goal to grow every year, especially with our sponsors.”

A dessert and coffee bar will be provided for Groovin’ in the Grove. For more information, call Anna Williams at 770-692-2320

Also on Saturday, Salem Baptist Church at 1724 Ga. Highway 155 N., in McDonough will host a Glow Run Night 5K at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.the colorrun.com/night/atlanta.

Stockbridge’s fifth annual Bridgefest is set for Sept. 25-26 on the lawn of City Hall, 4540 N. Henry Blvd. Times for the event will be from 7-9:30 p.m., Sept. 25, and from 11 a.m., to 6 p.m., Sept. 26.

The event will kick off Sept. 25 with a concert by Unisoghn. The following day, Bridgefest will feature performances by Liz Brasher, Ross Childress & Dr. W of Collective Soul, Mending Wall, The Georgia Ride, the Angie Lynn Carter Band and the Henley Varner Band.

Bridgefest will also include arts and crafts, vendors, a children’s area, and a health fair for the community, says DaVida Robinson, executive assistant to the mayor and city council. She says the community has responded well to the event in past years, and that she hopes for an even bigger turnout this time around.

“Normally we anticipate about 3,000 people every year,” says Robinson. “We’re looking for a bigger crowd this year. We’ve incorporated a variety of musical acts, and we also incorporated local community dance groups. We anticipate a large turnout based on those groups.”

For more info on Bridgefest, call 770-389-5982 or visit www.cityof stockbridge.com.

The Henry County Rodeo will ride into Nash Farm in Hampton Sept. 25-26, at 7:30 p.m., each day. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15, and children age 5 and under will get in free.

Attractions will include bareback riding, barrel racing, calf roping, saddle bronc, breakaway roping, team roping, bull riding and a kids’ calf scramble. The event is sponsored by the Henry County Rodeo Association. For more information, call 678-432-4399.

The 18th annual Bear Creek Festival will be held Sept. 26 from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Hampton City Park. The event will include antique dealers, music food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, a children’s area and a free splash pad. The Hampton Police Department will also be on hand for a child-ID program as part of the event.

The festival is sponsored by the Hampton Business Association. Its President, Sharon Tarpley, notes that the festival is always a highlight for the community each year.

“Everybody’s waiting for it,” she says.

The festival will also feature a classic car show from 10 a.m, to 4 p.m., presented by Ole Country Cruisers. Tarpley adds that a Bloodmobile will be returning for this year’s event.

For more info, visit www.bearcreekfestival.com.

The inaugural Fall Fest Down on the Street is coming to McDonough Oct. 3. It will be held on Macon Street between Old Griffin Road and Lyman Stringler Boulevard from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., says Larry Solomon, who is working to launch the festival in conjunction with Hope Family Ministries, a local nonprofit organization.

“Proceeds will go toward funding a lending library in Blacksville for the community,” he says.

Admission is free for the event, which also features food and merchandise vendors. Solomon adds that the festival will also include a commemoration in honor of business owners “who made Down on the Street the epicenter of the black business district in McDonough.”

For more info, call Larry Solomon at 404-556-7273, or e-mail lsolomo@bellsouth.net.