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Posted: May 1, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Festival season has begun

With spring having arrived, a few festival events will allow Newton County residents a chance to enjoy the mild weather this weekend.

Citizens from all around Newton County are encouraged to attend these events in order to support our community and have an enjoyable time for themselves and their families.

All the fun festivals occur Saturday, with the Madison tour of homes beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday. The most notable of these community events are listed as the following:

Porterdale Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Spring Fling
The Porterdale Fire Department hosts its 2nd Annual Spring Fling Festival this year at the Porterdale ball field located right next to Fire Station 11 on 2 Main Street. The event is free of charge. Included are games, vendors, arts and crafts, jumpers for kids, food, raffles and prizes and other activities. The purpose of this event is to raise money for new renovations of PFD’s Fire Station 11 next door to the festival, which has not seen any improvements since its construction in the 1980’s.

Annual Fairy Festival
Covington’s Chimney Park is again holding its yearly Fairy Festival with a rain date of May 4. The theme of the event is sinking into the fantasy world of fairies and other mysterious fairy-book creatures, and creating fairy-themed arts and crafts in the woods around the park to bring your enchanted fantasy to life right before your eyes. Event includes crafts, music, refreshments and various forms of entertainment. There is a charge of $5 per person, with the exception of those under 2 years old. The fun will take place at 8203 Hazelbrand Road SE, Covington 30014.

Morgan Cultural Center Homes Tour
Thursday through Saturday regardless of weather, the Madison Morgan Cultural Center will be giving its May tour of vintage, historical and antebellum homes within the area around Madison. Each day the event will run form 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Charges vary, with the cost to MMCC members being $25 per person, and non-members at $30. Student cost is $15 per person.

Many of Madison’s homes were spared during Sherman’s March to the Sea during the Civil War, making for a historic tour.

HorneyHead Fish Festival
The annual HorneyHead Fish Festival gets underway at the old schoolhouse in Newborn. A horneyhead is a type of fish, and the main theme of the event is to fish for and catch the longest horneyhead or the one with the most horns. There are also other activities at the festival besides fishing, and there are also various activities for children including face painting and a fishing contest of their own. Barbeque and other foods will be available, as well as music. The goal is to bring the community together through the sport of fishing and other activities, as well as support the preservation of the historic Newborn schoolhouse.

“Small town fun at its best, y’all!” is the motto for the event.

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