Columbia County is offering a day of art and family fun Saturday at the sixth annual Columbus Day Festival and Art Show.
The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Evans Towne Center Park in Evans.
“We try to add something different each year and see what people really enjoy,” said county Community Events Specialist Virginia Atkins.
This year, the festival includes a juried art show.
“We have about 50 pieces of artwork showcasing Columbia County’s beauty and heritage,” Atkins said. “We had an excellent response.”
The works consist of oil and watercolor paintings, photography, graphite drawings and sculptures. Winners in several categories will be announced at about 10 a.m. Patrons can vote for the People’s Choice award, which will announced at 4 p.m.
“This year, (the festival) also features over 60 regional artisans,” Atkins said, adding those artisans will be selling stained glass, wood working, pottery and other arts and crafts. “Several of the artists who had been juried into the art show, they will be selling their pieces as vendors also.”
There will be plenty of children’s activities including inflatables, games and demonstration to include those by hobby farmers, martial arts groups and potters.
“Kids, they can throw their own pots and paint their own pottery,” Atkins said.
Live entertainment will go on all day and feature a performance from the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra at noon.
The Italian-American Club of the CSRA will provide food including meatball and sausage sandwiches and homemade desserts.
On the same day, Columbia County also is holding Prepare and Aware Day 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind the county Emergency Operations Center across from the park.
Emergency service personnel will be on site giving demonstrations and providing information, and Smokey Bear will be greeting children.
The free event will feature government agencies including Columbia County Fire Rescue’s smoke house, displays of emergency vehicles by Columbia County, Harlem and Grovetown fire departments, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Stormwater Utility, EMA Dive Team and The Red Cross, among others.
Drawings will go on all day for NOAA alert radios, smoke detectors and 72-hour disaster supply kits.