The 39th Annual Roselawn Arts Festival got underway in Downtown Cartersville on Saturday. The event ran from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Ellen Archer said the turnout was fantastic and they had 156 venders show up. She gave a special thanks to Jane Drew and all of her hard work for making this festival as great as it is. Kyle Abernathy, who is in his 10th year of service at Roselawn, took the podium to give out the CBB Awards. Before the awards, Abernathy made an announcement about the newly released economic impact of tourism reports of 2013. He said without those expenditures, each Bartow County household would have paid an average of 317 dollars last year to enjoy the same services of state and local governments. Abernathy said this is the real reason the CBB presents these awards.
There were three categories in the People’s Choice Awards, which are done by the people of Bartow County. The awards included best shop, which was presented to It’s About Time Boutique, the best restaurant, which was presented to Johnny Mitchell’s, and best attraction, which was presented to the Booth Western Art Museum. The Carterville-Bartow Board of Directors chooses the other awards.
The 10th Annual Distinguished Volunteer Leader Award, which is for people that help make the community proud to promote, was presented to Lee Burger.
The Lifetime Service Award was presented to John Lewis, who improved Downtown Cartersville.
The Shining Star Award is presented to someone that makes the community proud and has made a mark in the state or country. That award was presented to 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of America Brooke Rucker.
The Economic and Tourism Development Award was awarded to LakePoint Sports.
The Kordecki Award for Contribution of the Arts and is chosen by the Cultural Arts Alliance was presented to Ollene Kordecki.