New fall festival to make debut in Rex

Those looking for unique finds may be in luck this weekend.

The Historic Rex Village Association will host its first "Rex City Wide Fall Festival & Yard Sale" on Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 a.m., in the old, mill village located on Mill Walk, in Rex. The nearest cross street to the village is Homestead Road, according to Gayle Beddingfield, a volunteer with the association.

She said the festival is planned to be an annual event. "We are using this [as an outreach] to the community," she said. "We hope to get more interest in the Historic Rex Village Association."

Vendor space is still available for $15, she said. The event is free, but people interested in purchasing items, should bring cash, Beddingfield said.

She said goods such as household items, antiques, and arts and crafts will be sold by individuals, during the event.

The fall festival, she said, will serve to inform people about Historic Rex Village, and the surrounding community.

For Beddingfield, it's important for people to know the village's location, because traffic has decreased since a one-lane bridge connecting the village to Rex Road was rerouted with a bypass about two years ago.

"Roads use to go straight to the village," she said. "Your normal road traffic doesn't go through. Economically, it hurt the businesses down here."

She said the Historic Rex Village Association was created around that time, to focus awareness and community involvement on the historic site. "It is a way to get folks in the area, and promote business in the village," she explained.

She said her husband, Jerry Beddingfield, is the vice chairman of the association.

She said she is hopeful the festival will bring the surrounding community to Historic Rex Village, so lots of people can see what the village has to offer.

The village "dates back to the turn of the century," said Beddingfield, adding that the historic site has been a part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The site also made the "2011 Places in Peril" list put together by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, she said.

For more information about the festival, or the Historic Rex Village Association, call (404) 822-1013.