Geranium Festival this Saturday in downtown McDonough

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

The atmosphere is buzzing once again in Henry County, as thousands of people prepare to make their way to McDonough this weekend for the Geranium Festival.

The 41st annual festival, sponsored by the McDonough Lions Club, will emanate from downtown McDonough May 19 from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. Roughly 25,000 people are expected at the area’s springtime tradition, with approximately 330 vendors offering homemade crafts, clothing, jewelry, food and community services.

Crowds fill the streets of downtown McDonough at the 2017 Geranium Festival. The annual festival sponsored by the McDonough Lion’s Club will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. File photo

The festival will also feature music and children’s activities throughout the day. Admission and parking are free for the event.

Raye Reed is part of the committee overseeing this year’s Geranium Festival for the Lions Club. This year marks her first time at the helm of the festival for the Lions Club, though she has helped to plan the event for the last five years.

Reed emphasized that the creativity of the vendors, and the quality of their items, have contributed to the festival’s success.

“Part of it has to do with the fact that our arts and crafts vendors have to actually make their items,” she said. “I think it increases the variety of items available for sale.”

Proceeds from the festival will go toward local nonprofit organizations and charities sponsored by the Lions Club. Reed said this year’s festival will feature a good mix of both new and returning vendors for visitors to enjoy.

One of the vendors who will appear at the festival for the second straight year, she said, is Redemptive Timbers Artisan Eco Baskets.

“They’re handcrafted, hardwood baskets,” said Reed. “The baskets are multicolored, made from cherry, cedar, black walnut, mahogany and poplar.”

She also noted a vendor which is due to participate in its first Geranium Festival on Saturday - Norton’s Ooey Gooey Slime, which was started by a teenager from Oxford, Ga. Moye’s Pharmacy will also have a bloodmobile in the parking lot for the first time this year, said Reed.

In addition to the Lions Club, area high-school students will lend a helping hand to festival-goers this weekend. Reed said the Henry County High School Navy JROTC and the Ola High School Air Force ROTC will be on hand for the occasion.

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