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Paulding Meadows Arts and Craft fair September 7th Saturday 9am to 6pm September 8th Sunday 9m to 5pm Earl Duncan Park at Paulding Meadows, 472 Paulding Meadows Dr Dallas, GA Advance tickets are available for $2.00 at all Paulding County libraries. Gate price is $3.00 All children 12 and under are free. For safety and sanitary reasons, no pets are allowed in the park. According to the event page, the entertainment schedule includes: Saturday, Sept. 7: 9 a.m. – East Paulding High School Marching Band 9:40 a.m. – South Paulding High School Marching Band 10:20 a.m. – Paulding County High School Marching Band 11 a.m. – Hiram High School Marching Band 11:40 a.m. – North Paulding High School Marching Band noon – Kids’ singalong 12:45 p.m. – American Hope 2 p.m. – Sasha Hurtado 2:45 p.m. – Vicki Lynn 4 p.m. – Mercy Rises 5 p.m. – Leon Prim Sunday, Sept. 8: 8 a.m. – Worship service, Legacy Baptist Church 10 a.m. – The Bread of Life 12:15 p.m. – Carter Paintin 1:15 p.m. – Kaley Cox 1:45 p.m. – Shayne Goss of Fairshake 2:45 p.m. – Open Blues Jam 3:30 p.m. – Young Ryan
County helping Costco land deal for new store as Walmart expands existing Dallas location County officials say they are doing all they can to help national retailer Costco complete a deal to bring its new store and possibly hundreds of jobs to Paulding. And another national retailer, Walmart, is investing almost $3 million for renovations to its Dallas store which operates on the same road. The Paulding County government is working with the two parties to complete the deal for Costco’s planned site on Charles Hardy Parkway in Dallas months after it submitted plans for the store, County Chairman Dave Carmichael said. Costco representatives submitted plans in 2018 which featured a 152,000-square-foot building and 765 parking spaces on a 25-acre site at 1577 Charles Hardy Parkway near Old Griffin Road. The job recruitment company ZipRecruiter said on its website the average Costco worker makes about $25,000 annually. However, Costco executives recently announced the company was increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour after it reported higher than anticipated earnings this year, U.S. News and World Report reported
New generation continuing Paulding family's annual bluegrass festival tradition Tom Spigolon @TSpigolonNBR West Ga Neighbor. Rickey Rakestraw can remember the audience sitting on boards atop segments of power poles during the first few Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festivals his parents hosted in the mid-1970s. “It was very primitive,” Rakestraw recalled. Now, a wooden covering keeps the July sun and rain off the audience and performers in a 365-seat permanent amphitheater. The festival site is equipped with some camper hookups, and a children’s area keeps young attendees occupied while the adults enjoy the sounds of fiddles and guitars. However, one thing has remained constant -- members of the Rakestraw family are still organizing the annual festival on the same 10-acre site where it began four decades ago . The 2019 edition of the Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for July 12 and 13 at Raccoon Creek Music Park at 332 Music Park Path in Dallas. Nine acts are set to perform over two days, including musician and producer Rebekah Long and eclectic Atlanta music-makers Smokey's Farmland Band, Long’s credits include everything from performing as the bass player in a number of bands, to handling production and engineering on the “Daughters of Bluegrass” album box set. Throughout its history, the event has attracted musicians from throughout the country to the family-owned festival grounds off Braswell Mountain and Tibbitts roads in north Paulding. Rickey Rakestraw is a retired power line maintenance worker. He also is a longtime member of the band Fontanna Sunset and has performed with or knows many of the festival performers following his five decades as a professional bluegrass musician. Raccoon Creek has always been a family-operated venture, with relatives and neighbors working as event staff. The event operates with a 10-person staff who work the concession stand and assist with parking and the camping area. Rakestraw’s parents, Wylie and Annette Rakestraw, founded the festival around 1975. Rickey and his sister, Rene’ Hardy, pitched in to help operate it, he said. The festival has seen some national entertainers, such as Patty Loveless, perform either for a full set or a few songs, Rakestraw said. Crowds have reached almost 1,500 in some years, said Rakestraw’s daughter, Alaina Swofford. Over the years, Rakestraw said he primarily oversaw operations of the concession stand, including its home-cooked barbecue and Brunswick stew many returning audience members looked forward to, he said. Hardy and her husband, Wendell, began overseeing the event in the early 2000s after her parents could no longer do the heavy lifting involved in pulling together a multi-day festival, Rakestraw said. However, the Hardys decided in recent years to give up primary responsibility for promotion and bookings. Rakestraw then stepped in to manage it, he said. “So many people wanted to keep it going,” he said of the festival. Swofford became the third generation in the family directly involved in organizing the festival after taking responsibility for booking the music. Click the title to read more! Raccoon Creek website