Press Release Cartersville, Georgia – Keeping with tradition, the 41st Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn will provide more than 100 artists and vendors for patrons strolling the grounds of historic Rose Lawn, once home to evangelist Sam P. Jones. The Festival will take place September 17-18, 2016, show hours 10am-6pm Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday, and admission to the Arts Festival is free.
Artists and vendors will be traveling across the southeast to be a part of the Rose Lawn Arts Festival. Visitors will discover a wide variety of artists including painters, photographers, potters, jewelry artisans, wood crafters, beekeepers, and more. “We work each year to grow the festival to continue to offer a diversity of vendors while also ensuring our long time artists return year after year,” said Rose Lawn Executive Director Jane Drew. “We have a well-known artist, Jodeen Brown, returning to Rose Lawn that has not been with us for almost 20 years. Jodeen is known for her artistry on both a local and national level.”
Entertainment is a big part of the event. Both days of the festival will be full of entertainment including dance companies, a variety of performers, well-known and up-and- coming. Sunday’s entertainment line-up will include faith based worship music and performers.
Visitors will certainly not go hungry with a wide variety of food vendors to choose from including BBQ, roasted corn, fried green tomatoes, hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, and shaved ice. New food vendors have been added to include hot wings, polish sausage sandwiches, fried Twinkies and Oreos, homemade corn dogs and chicken on a stick as additional food options.
Juried Artists compete for $1,000 in prizes with seven awards presented Saturday at 1 p.m. The awards ceremony will also feature the Hospitality Heroes Awards and the prestigious People’s Choice Awards for Best Restaurant, Best Shoppe, and Best Attraction, presented by festival sponsor Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Visitors can tour the Rose Lawn House Museum ($5 pp.) both days, where docents will introduce the legacy of Rev. Sam Jones, a fiery 19th century evangelist noted as “one of the most celebrated revivalists of his time.” The historic home is an architectural wonder with the last level of the home being added by raising the original two levels and adding the third level of the house under the original two. This mastery of construction and design took place in 1895.
Festival goers can take home a unique ‘green’ souvenir from the Master Gardener’s Sale offering a tremendous number of plant selections. Also back by popular demand is the AAUW Book Sale with thousands of books for sale at bargain prices.
Rose Lawn is located at 224 West Cherokee Avenue in downtown Cartersville. Parking is available at no charge within walking distance of the festival grounds. The festival sponsor are Bartow County Government and Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau.