This year’s Powder Springs Day festival will start at 10 a.m. with a parade starting at the Powder Springs Library at 4181 Atlanta St. and ending on Marietta Street just past City Hall.
“The parade is always so much fun,” said Mayor Pat Vaughn.
Powder Springs Park, off Brownsville Road just west of downtown, will offer arts and crafts booths, food vendors and a kids zone until 4 p.m.
Vaughn said she is most excited about the classic rock concert in the town square off Pineview Drive, where the mayor said she could be tempted to dance.
The Atlanta-based Men in Blues will take the stage at 6 p.m., followed by the night’s headliner, the Australian group Little River Band, whose chart-topping songs from 1976 to 1983 included the hit “Happy Anniversary.”
The party will end with a fireworks display that was delayed when this year’s Independence Day celebration got rained out.
Powder Springs Day was discontinued in 2007, but was revived in 2010. Last year, an estimated 2,500 people attended.
The city of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 to honor the seven local springs known for their healing mineral water.
“We have a very rich history,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn said Powder Springs has also had large periods of growth, but the city has maintained many of the old homes in the area, including an antebellum house off Marietta Street that was built in 1915.
The white house, with a large porch and second-floor balcony, first became a funeral home in 1953 and has operated as the Bellamy Funeral Home for more than 30 years.
Down the street, The Magnolia House was built for a young couple in the early 1900s before becoming a resort hotel for visitors to the springs. In 1994, the Magnolia House became a wedding and special event venue.
Every day is a parade
Many local groups have been preparing floats for Saturday’s parade, including the Jamboree Academy and Powder Springs First United Methodist Church.
There will also be several groups walking and marching along the route, such as Powder Springs Elementary School, Lisa’s Dance Spot, the West Cobb Lions Club and McEachern High School football players and cheerleaders.
Judith Ann Elliott, who owns Judith Ann Photography, said her studio is located in a 100-year-old Victorian home along the parade route off Marietta Street.
Elliott said she has wanted to participate in the parade the last few years, and finally made the time to create a float for the city’s 175th anniversary.
Elliott, who has a background in set design, has worked on the float’s concept for the past month that will have a colorful “fall into winter” season motif.
“I knew if I was going to enter, I would want to go big,” Elliott said about the float that will be on a 7-foot wide by 20-foot long trailer.
Elliot said about eight to 10 helpers will construct the majority of the float outside Friday, just a day before the parade.
“I have been known to burn the midnight oil if I have to,” said Elliot, who plans to start early in the morning and pace herself.
At her studio, Elliot changes photographs of children with Santa Claus to look like oil paintings, similar to the traditional, classic feel of a Norman Rockwell portrait.
“I want to draw families and children into what we are doing in Powder Springs,” Elliot said.
The Judith Ann Photography float will include Santa and Mrs. Claus, with about a dozen children dressed as fantasy characters, including Elliot’s granddaughter, Mya, as a mermaid.
If you go ...
What: Powder Springs Day and 175th Birthday Celebration
Times: 8 a.m. 26th Springville Sprint 5K and Fun Run; 10 a.m. Powder Springs Day Parade; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Powder Springs Day Festival; 6:00 p.m. 175th Birthday Celebration Concert
Where: Powder Springs Day Festival: Powder Springs Park, 3899 Brownsville Road., Powder Springs
The 175th Birthday Celebration Concert: 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs
The parade is staged at the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta St. From there it will turn right onto Atlanta St., left onto Old Austell Rd. then left onto Marietta St., ending just past City Hall.