October 23, 2017

Rains Put a Damper on Local Holiday Fun

The common theme at Heard County public meetings over the past two weeks has been the call by government officials to pray for rain in light of the recent drought in the West Georgia area.

This weekend has brought the answers to those prayers but at the expense of some traditional Labor Day festivities.

Festival goers were fortunate enough to enjoy many Saturday activities including day one of the Powers Festival as well as the rain date for the Franklin fireworks show Saturday Night. Sunday, however, as the rains began to move in the crowds began to move out,  leaving festival organizers wondering which way to move next.

Many vendors at the 41st annual Powers event told the Citizen Sunday afternoon that festival organizers planned to go on with day three of the festival on Monday despite the forecast of very heavy rains (associated with Tropical Storm Lee) which were expected to arrive late Sunday night and continue through Monday night.

The fireworks show in Franklin Saturday was spared from any weather implications but vendors did seem to be in agreement that attendance numbers and sales were indeed down from the July event which was partially rained out spurring this bonus display of pyrotechnics near the Chattahoochee River.

Troy Taylor, owner of T-Roy’s Barbeque, stated that he did more sales at his booth in just four hours on July 4th than he did during the entire seven to eight hour time frame Saturday night.

Nonetheless, with all things considered, a substantial crowd showed up for the affair.

More disappointment was also felt by the Nascar community as the much anticipated Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was postponed late Sunday night to be rescheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start on Tuesday morning.

Despite the disappointment for many this weekend the much needed rains will be a welcome sight to almost everyone. Many forecasters are calling for three to six inches of rain over the next 36 hours in the drought stricken area.

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