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Rex residents organizing their own Christmas celebration

REX — Residents from Clayton and Henry counties are invited to celebrate Christmas with a festival and parade in the historic Rex Village this weekend.

Gail and Jerry Beddingfield are organizing the holiday festival for the community which straddles the line between both counties. It will take place Saturday and include a bazaar starting at 9 a.m., a parade at 3:30 p.m. and caroling and a tree lighting at 6 p.m.

The Beddingfields own the old grist mill in the heart of the historic village near Rex Road and Big Cotton Indian Creek. The tree lighting will be near the mill.

“We try to do what we can for the community and try to promote what we have here in the Rex community,” Gail Beddingfield said.

Without a city to back them, the Beddingfields are single-handedly trying to bring many of the holiday aspects of local cities to their unincorporated community. They are getting a lot of support and assistance from groups in both counties.

Participants in the festivities come from both the Clayton and Henry County sides of Rex. The Christmas tree has been donated by the Rex Christmas Tree Farm, which is in the Henry County side of the community, Beddingfield said.

Other participants include McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Food Depot, Cub Scout Pack 115, several Clayton County public safety departments, Clayton County commissioners, Clayton County Board of Education member Charlton Bivins. Step Ahead Learning Center, also from the Henry County side of the community, will be in the parade.

The Cub Scouts will sell hot boiled peanuts, hot chocolate and hot coffees as a fundraiser for their pack, Beddingfield said. Barbecue will also be sold beginning at 11 a.m., she added.

The Christmas parade will begin at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, and travel east along Rex Road and over the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Beddingfield said the parade will turn right and travel down Homestead Road and into the village. It will then travel up Mill Walk and return to the recreation center.

Beddingfield said opportunities to participate in the bazaar exist. She said it costs $10 to have a vendor table in the bazaar. Items expected so far to be sold at the bazaar include arts and crafts, hand-made jewelry, antiques, collectibles, vintage items and new and used furniture.

Anyone interested in having a table at the bazaar should contact Beddingfield by email at or by telephone at 404-822-1013.