Anticipation of bad weather on Friday kept some vendors from setting up for Springtime Ellaville, but the annual festival went off as planned Saturday and there was no shortage of enthusiasm.
By late morning, the City Square was filled with people, young and old. Many parents pushed their children in strollers. People snacked on a variety of foods and shopped with the vendors. Others took in the entertainment, watching children from Amy’s School of Dance perform routines and later listening to gospel group Men of Faith from Taylor County.
“It’s a community tradition,” said Carlene Beckwith.
Beckwith is a member of the Rainbow Garden Club of Ellaville. She said that she has come to the event “as long as they’ve been having it.” The club was selling plants, books, jams and gourds and other “miscellaneous” things to raise money for the group.
Dennis Moore said that he also has been coming to the Springtime Ellaville festival since it began. Moore stood behind a portable barbecue pit, chopping pork for sandwiches and talking with friends. He was preparing the food for a family reunion coinciding with the festival.
Bob Ingram and Roy Bridges of Columbus had woodturning items on display to sell at the festival. It was their second year coming to Springtime Ellaville. They sold several interesting items out of a variety of woods and materials. The standard woodturning items were on their table such as bowls, vases and boxes, but their roller ball pens were the main attraction. Most of the pens were for sale at $30 each and were made out of a range of materials, from deer antler, leather, pine cone and poly vinyl. Ingram and Bridges are part of a club in Columbus called Bi-City Woodturners. The group meets monthly. Ingram said that there are members ranging in age from 30 to 86 years old.
The Ellaville affiliate of New Horizons Habitat for Humanity was selling raffle tickets Saturday for two separate prizes, a $100 Wal-Mart gift card and a playhouse. New Horizons employee and Ellaville resident Laura Waigand said that the weather prevented some participation but she said she was enjoying the festivities.
“I think it’s great,” she said.