The annual arts and crafts fair is sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County with proceeds benefiting children in need in the community. Last year around 20,000 attended the two-day event, and organizers are gearing up for another record crowd.
One way to keep cool at the outdoor event in Boling Park is to visit Frosty Frog Creamery & Cafe’s tent, which will be serving up six of its over 300 flavors for Riverfest attendees.
Frank Cole, owner of the Hickory Flat eatery, said he’s looking forward to being back at Riverfest after a two-year hiatus. The restaurant had previously brought its frozen treats to the festival since 2004.
“The Cherokee County Service League does a lot of good work with children in the county,” Cole said of the festival’s host organization. “This is a way we can help them with that.”
Cole said the two-day event is a great way to introduce his inspired ice cream flavors to folks throughout the county who may not have had the chance to visit Frosty Frog, located at 6205 Hickory Flat Highway in the Publix shopping center.
“I try to take some things people don’t normally see just to stimulate their thought process and give them something unique,” Cole said.
One of those unique flavors Cole plans to bring this year is Chocolate Swamp, made of chocolate ice cream with four different kinds of candies and brownies mixed in. He said to expect a nut flavor, too, like the popular Buttered Almond.
To get a taste of the famed frozen delights, a kid’s size will cost about $2 and a large helping is about $5, Cole said.
Riverfest Chairwoman Melissa Whatley said she and the rest of the Service League, a group of women throughout the county dedicated to providing assistance for children throughout Cherokee County, are looking forward to making the event wonderful for everyone.
“We hope visitors will come out and enjoy the weekend with their families while helping out with a great cause —helping Cherokee County’s children in need,” Whatley said.
Whatley said of the many artists, crafters, vendors and entertainers, many aren’t driving far to come support the event.
Attendees will be able to purchase all types of goods made and sold within the county, including Bettie’s Blueberry Jams and Jellies, a Woodstock-based company owned by Bettie Anderson and Reginald Nash as well as fresh herbs, specialty greens and infused oils from Sweetwater Growers, a Canton-based company owned by Jennifer Pittman and Ronald Green.
Canton native and 13-year-old Aspen Countrymen will kick off the entertainment Saturday at 10 a.m. The Glorybound Quartet, a Southern Gospel group with all local members from Ball Ground, Holly Springs, Canton and Jasper, will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission for adults is a $5 donation and there is no charge for children younger than 10. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30. The festival is held at Boling Park at 1200 Marietta Highway in Canton.