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Rex fall festival reflection of city’s history

More than 20 vendors expected at festival

Photo by Elaine Rackley
John Cowherd (front) and Mike Johnson (rear) assembled a tent, Friday, Cowherd will be using to sell movies and DVD’s during the second annual “Historic Rex Village Fall Festival” on Saturday.

Photo by Elaine Rackley John Cowherd (front) and Mike Johnson (rear) assembled a tent, Friday, Cowherd will be using to sell movies and DVD’s during the second annual “Historic Rex Village Fall Festival” on Saturday.

REX — Vendors were setting up to sell their wares Friday in preparation for the second annual Historic Rex Village Fall Festival.

The festival is set for Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the intersection of Rex Road and Colonnade Drive near the new Rex Road bridge.

There is no admission to enter the festival, said coordinator Gayle Beddingfield.

The Historic Rex Village Association is hosting the festival as a community outreach. It is the main fundraiser for the association.

Paul Abraham is the chairman of the Historic Rex Village Association, and described Rex as historic and wholesome.

“The fall festival will help us keep our village alive, so we can continue to do community activities,” Abraham said. “We have a one lane bridge and a grits mill, where they use to grind corn into grits. Both date back to the early 1800’s.”

Abraham said First Lady Michelle Obama’s great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia Shields, has a monument dedicated in her memory. He also acknowledged Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s father, “Daddy King,” has family buried at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Rex.

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Greg Scott is the groundskeeper for the Historic Rex Village. Scott used twine and red tape to create a barricade for festival attendees.

Beddingfield said more than 20 vendors will be selling arts and crafts, jewelry, photos, bath and body fragrances, Korean barbecue, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, hot-dogs and other “fun festival foods.”

“Most of our vendors are from Clayton County,” Beddingfield said. “We are really trying to promote products and services available in Clayton County.”

Bill Benzon is one of vendors who will be selling costume jewelry at the festival. Benzon said he sold jewelry at Peachtree Peddlers in McDonough for 20 years.

“We have a ton of stock to sell,” he added. “We will be selling jewelry and scarves for half off.”

John Cowherd said he will be selling movies, DVDs, toys and antique dolls at the festival.

“I wanted to help the Rex association, this festival is very important to the whole county,” Cowherd said. “It brings people together and reminds them to keep their properties nice and clean.”

“We love Rex,” Beddingfield interjected. “I am going to turn my toes up here. Really, we just want to make people aware of the rich history we have in Rex.”

Children’s activities during the festival will be offered by the Clayton County Fire Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s office.

The fire department is bringing a fire truck and will give away coloring books and a fireman’s hat. The sheriff’s office is giving away badges. Some of the firefighters and deputies will be on hand to give children safety tips.

The proceeds from the event will fund other Rex Village Association events, according to Beddingfield.

“We do landscaping and curb appeal projects,” she said. “One of our goals is to bring unity into the Rex Village community.”