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McDonough gears up for Geranium Festival

The downtown Square in the City of McDonough will be in full bloom next weekend for the annual Geranium Festival. It will be held on May 19, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. It is sponsored, for the 35th straight year, by the McDonough Lions Club.

Festival organizers will be treated to music by a group called Highway 55, a country band; followed by Bogey & the Viceroy, playing Motown and Rhythm and Blues.

“There will be something for everyone!” said Jennifer Price, McDonough Hospitality & Tourism Board Director. The Geranium Jam outdoor concert will complement the festival, entertaining into the night.

“Concert goers can purchase VIP Tables, or bring their own blankets and chairs for lawn seating,” said Linda Schenk, McDonough Main Street Program Director. There will be local food and cool beverages available, or attendees are welcome to bring a picnic and cooler for the night.

“The excitement the new outdoor concert is receiving so far is great. We are already selling tickets and VIP tables — and that excites us!” stated Price. Tickets may be purchased at the McDonough Welcome Center on the square. For more information, visit www.TourMcDonough.com or call (770) 898-3196.

Ed Galbreath, a member of the Lions Club who chairs the event, expects more than 350 vendors on hand with offerings to 25,000 expected visitors. Vendors will offer arts and crafts, food and entertainment.

“It’s one of the largest gatherings of events in Henry County,” said Galbreath. “They come from all over the southeastern United States.”

Author Teresa Hiers also is scheduled to be at the festival to sign copies of her book, “Lady in Waiting.”

When the crowds have departed, backers of the event hope to generate $25,000 to $30,000 in proceeds to support the various causes of the Lions Club.

Admission and parking are free for the event.

An estimated 1,500 geraniums will be on display around the Square, in anticipation of the festival, according to McDonough Media Relations Specialist Casey Case. Many of the flowers, she said, were provided by Oglevee Nursery, and others will be sold at the festival by students in the county’s 4-H Club.

“Guests not only enjoy the arts, crafts, food and entertainment on display, but they also enjoy visiting the quaint shops that are in the downtown business area,” said Case. “The event has the warmth of the Old South, coupled with the convenience of a modern city."

For more information, visit www.geraniumfestival.com.