Warrenton set for Spring Fest

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

WARRENTON — An annual gathering for the community and its visitors happens Saturday when the Warrenton Revitalization Committee hosts Spring Fest.

The activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., centered around the Courthouse Square, will include crafts, vendors, the arts, food of the carnival and festival type, and plenty of things ringing of “homemade.” The event is one of two similar events, the other of which takes place in the fall.

Woody King, chairman of the committee, said a race of the run/walk/scoot variety will also be held.

“The Courthouse Square will be full we have every spot filled with some sort of vendor everything ranging from jewelry to pot making to quilting to embroidered sewn items we have home grown plants, homemade baked goods, candles soap,” King said.

Live music will be playing throughout the day. A beer garden, with security and a designated area, will also be in place.

Keith and Jonathan Abbott, a grandfather-grandson duo from Oxford, open the stage at 10 a.m. with the national anthem and the first set. The Warren County Travelers and GrassStreets from Henderson will follow.

The Warren County Farmers Market will be open and four tours showcasing the county’s history and future will be running periodically throughout the day.

“Each tour introduces a view of Warren County that points out that we do have stories to share and assets to share,” said Gabe Cumming, the economic development director for Warren County.

Two morning tours require transportation to the tour sites. Two afternoon tours are walking tours.

• The Afton/Shocco Environmental Justice Tour will highlight the 145-year history of Coley Springs Baptist Church and the role its members played in the 1982 PCB protests. Those protests sparked a national environmental justice movement.

A caravan will leave the Courthouse Square at 10 a.m. and proceed to Coley Springs Baptist Church at 224 Parktown Rd. As an alternative, participants can meet at the church at 10:15, when the tour will begin.

The tour will be conducted by the Rev. William Kearney, pastor of the church.

• The Warrenton Solar Farm Tour will give participants a view of the 24,000 solar panels that generate enough electricity to power 600 to 700 homes. The solar farm, Warren County’s most recent project to produce renewable non-polluting energy, was dedicated in February.

The tour will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hicksville Road site of the solar farm and will be conducted by Gerry Dudzik of Carolina Solar Energy, the developer of the solar farm.

• The African-American Heritage Tour will visit businesses and sites that played a role in the history of African-Americans in Warren County.

This is a walking tour that will depart from the gazebo on the Courthouse Square at 1:30 p.m.

Jereanne King Johnson and Jennie Franklin will guide the tour.

• The Historic Architecture Tour will feature Warrenton’s 19th century architectural heritage. This tour for walkers will begin at the gazebo on the Courthouse Square at 2:30 p.m. under the guidance of Richard Hunter.

“You can go on one or go on multiple tours,” Cumming said.

To assist the planners, those interested in any of the tours are requested to contact Warren County Economic Development at (252) 257-3114 or gcumming@warrencountync.org.

Contact the writers at abentley@hendersondispatch.com or dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.