Columbia County’s annual Columbus Day celebration is taking an antique turn with the addition of a celebrity speaker.
Paul Brown, the owner of Gallery 63 in Sandy Springs, Ga., and star of the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, will be the special guest at the fifth annual Columbus Day Antique and Art Festival on Saturday. The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Evans Towne Center Park.
“I thought it might be a different flavor for the festival,” said Virginia Atkins, the county community events specialist organizing the event.
Brown will speak at noon and offer antique estimates between 1-3 p.m. To get antiques appraised, residents must sign up in advance by calling (706) 312-7194 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“(After Brown speaks), people will be able to visit his tent and take some pictures with him, talk with him about the show and he’ll provide free estimated values for antiques,” Atkins said.
Augusta Locally Grown also will present a Hobby Farmers Corner, a mini-farmers’ market. The farmers will sell their wares and provide information about composting, aquaponics, shiitake mushrooms, organic vegetables, micro-greens and alpaca and wool art.
Lots of arts and crafts vendors will be on site selling goods including homemade soaps and Christmas wreaths.
The Italian-American Club will be selling food including meatball sandwiches and desserts.
The family-friendly festival also features children’s activities including inflatables, a petting zoo and a mural they can paint.
“We’ll also have a rest tent for the parents this year, where they can go sit in the shade, sit down, take a break while the kids are playing,” Atkins said.