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Nearly 15,000 expected for festival

One of the region’s biggest festivals is set for this weekend.

The Powers Fall Festival in western Coweta County runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and organizers are expecting as many as 15,000 visitors over the Labor Day weekend.
The festival has been supplying the best arts, crafts, food, fun, and entertainment for 43 years and is well known throughout the nation.

The festival has been selected several times by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of “The Top Twenty Events”.
The event was formed by well-known artist Tom Powers in 1972 on the grounds of the Powers family plantation.

The festival was a huge success from its beginning and involved all the communities of Heard and Coweta counties.
In 1975, Tom Powers gave up the operation of the festival to the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. Coweta Festivals Inc. was formed as an umbrella organization to oversee the land and currently comprises five non-profits: Newnan- Coweta Chamber of Commerce, the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, Newnan-Coweta Jaycees, Pilot Club of Newnan, and the 4-H Boys and Girls of Coweta County.

These non-profit organizations purchased the festival site a few years later when the land became available.
Festival organizers said more than 100 vendors will set up shop this weekend and stressed that all the art is 100 percent handmade and crafted in America.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday and admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children over 6.
Children under 6 are free. Festival organizers spread discount coupons throughout Fayette County, so check you favorite retailer for availability.
For more information, visit powersfestival.org.

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