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Banks County event is a birthday party, too
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2009 Banks County Holiday Festival

When: Booths open Friday afternoon through Saturday evening; music 7-9 p.m. Friday (Ramblin’ Country), 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Brantley Gilbert) and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (gospel singing)
Where: Homer, in front of the courthouse
How much: Free

Banks County typically celebrates on Labor Day weekend with the annual holiday festival.

But this year, the party takes on even more importance, as the town of Homer celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Tracey King, deputy clerk for the city, said the celebration won’t necessarily include any special events specifically marking Homer’s birthday — the town turns 150 this year, but not necessarily this weekend — but nevertheless, there will be lots of singing, dancing and food to help celebrate.

“Our booths are going to start setting up at 10 Friday morning; they’ll open at various times during the day,” she said. “We do have Ramblin’ Country coming Friday night, playing from 7 to 9.”

On Saturday, vendor booths open at 10 a.m., and a parade also at 10 marks the start of the festival’s main day. Saturday night, local favorite Brantley Gilbert will perform on the stage set up on the downtown Homer square.

The music continues on Sunday, with gospel singing from 1 to 4 p.m. Guest singers include Archie Watkins, Georgia, The Tony Brothers and The Browns.