Sponsored by the Spring Place Ruritan Club and the Whitfield-Murray (Ga.) Historical Society, the festival commemorates Spring Place’s heritage and raises funds for the continued preservation of the Old Spring Place Methodist Church.
The theme this year is “The Civil War Comes to Spring Place.” It will feature a special display of historic maps, pictures, and artifacts relating to the War Between the States era of Spring Place history.
A giveaway of a framed “Lee and His Generals Print” and $100 cash for a first drawing and a Civil War gift basket for a second drawing will conclude the festival’s activities. Tickets will be $2 each or seven tickets for $5.
The festival will open at 8 a.m and will have something for everyone.
Members of the Ruritan Club will have their usual bake sale with homemade cakes of all kinds. Breakfast biscuits and lunchtime barbecue plates are among other items being sold to raise funds to maintain the old church.
A large assortment of “new” used books, historical society publications, collectibles, and flea market items including Christmas decorations, linens, glassware, toys, office and household items attract buyers as well. The flea market will also include clothes this year, too.
The largest fundraising event is an auction conducted by “Red” Edwards set for 10 a.m. Things to be auctioned include several artist prints, gift certificates to area businesses, savings bonds, sets of local history books, furniture, coin sets, and an antique woven Cabin Craft bedspread.
The MCHS Alumni Association will have rock building post cards, notecards, and prints for sale while vendors will sell cotton candy and Icees.
Murray County 4-H kids will have a lemonade stand. First National Bank, The Spring Place Ruritan Club, the Chatsworth-Murray County Library, and Keep Murray Beautiful Commission will have information tables while the Boy Scouts will be on hand to help with parking and other activities.
New historical items will also be on display, including original doors from the old courthouse at Spring Place and lightning rods from the courthouse in Chatsworth.
Parking will be available on Elm Street as well as across the road from the church.