If you’re into antiques, Walton County is the place to be, especially this spring. It’s not by accident that the area has been branded the Antiques Capital of Georgia. According to the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, the county is home to 1,200 booths and more than 300,000 square feet of antiques, vintage and repurposed items. So it just makes sense that it also should be the home to one of the largest antique festivals this spring. The anticipation is over – this festival is planned for this weekend.
“We’ve promoted Walton at Georgia on My Mind Days at the State Welcome Centers including Lavonia, Tallapoosa and Augusta,” Walton Councy Chamber of Commerce president Teri Smiley said in the Fall/Winter issue of Walton Living Magazine. “In the Spring of 2015 – April 17-19, we are planning an Antiques Capital of Georgia Festival to be held in Walton County.”
The plans have now been finalized and the festival will take place at Hammond Park in Monroe over the whole weekend.
According to Smiley, it’s not just people who love antiques who should be excited about Walton County’s recognition in the antique’s market since all residents are positively impacted by the economic benefits of it. She told Walton Living Magazine that in 2012, each household in the county received $134.62 in tax relief as a result of the taxes generated by tourism’s economic activity, of which antiques feature prominently. The tourism industry in Walton County in 2012 supported 640 jobs and generated more than $63 million in direct spending, creating $2.23 million in state tax revenue and $1.77 million in local tax revenue – and that was before Walton County implemented its own Antiques Roadshow. Walton County Antiques Roadshow was developed in 2013 to attract visitors to the area and sustain growth in the industry.
You can like the festival Facebook page to keep up with its progress. Keep an eye out just in case of the need for an alternative rain location. The call will be made Wednesday.
To find out more about the antique market in Georgia’s Antique Capital, click on this link for a special that ran in the Fall/Winter issue of Walton Living Magazine.