Lawrence Plantation’s Weekend Guide: Chiaha, Cowboy Festival continue today. Some Peach State results. Plus: What’s ahead next weekend.

Lawrence Plantation’s Weekend Guide: Chiaha, Cowboy Festival continue today. Some Peach State results. Plus: What’s ahead next weekend.

Rome Middle School performs an exhibition show during Saturday’s Peach State Marching Band festival at Barron Stadium. (photo from Kim Harrison)


Peach State results: We share these courtesy of Roy Mitchell: Class A. Armuchee High first in drum major and percussion; third in band. Class AA: Pepperell High first in drum major and in band. Class AAA: Coosa High, first in color guard, second in band.

  • Note: Rome High and Rome Middle, as hosts, did not compete at Peach State.

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Ware Mechanical Weather Summary:  Sunshine and high near 70 on Sunday.



Chiaha Harvest Fest returns to Ridge Ferry Park. The 54th annual event features artisans and craftsmen from around the region. Festival helps raise money to support local art efforts throughout the year. Gates will be open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and $1 for children under 12. Chiaha

The 16th annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium at Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. Packed with activities such as gunfight re-enactments, Native American dancing, art-related events with Featured Artists Scott Christensen and Quang Ho, children’s activities, Cowboy Church. For the complete schedule, please click Details

The Rome Shakespeare Festival presents “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at the River Arts District Playhouse, 252 N. Fifth Ave. from 8-10 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. A  theatrical farce combining the best of Hitchcock films, pulp monster movies and Gothic melodrama. Tickets can be bought online or by phone: 706-331-1006. Parking is available in the back off Bale Street.

Coming up next weekend, Nov. 1-4:

The Rome International Film Festival returns for its 15th year this Thursday-Sunday in Downtown Rome. Venues include The Rome City Auditorium, The Historic Desoto Theatre and other downtown locations. RIFF will feature films, master classes from film industry professionals, celebrity appearances, networking events, excellent parties each night of the festival, and much more. For complete schedule and tickets, visit the website at or email

The North Broad Youth Center’s will host a fall family festival for the community from 2:30-8 p.m. on Friday at the center, 1148 North Broad St. The day of food, fun and activities is  being organized by the Bonner Scholar volunteers from Berry College. Activities will include: Create your own Arts and Crafts, Slime Table, Football Toss, Ring Toss, Connect 4 Champion, Pie Eating Contest, Board Games, Face Painting, hay ride and pony rides for $1. Attendees will enjoy hot dogs, drinks and other fall tasty treats. Admission is only $5 per child, adults are free. All proceeds raised will be used for the Center’s supplies, outreach efforts and to help reduce the costs of student field trips.

SCIence FRIday Night at Tellus Science Museum: Birds Are Dinosaurs! A Feathered Chronology with Bill Montante at 7 p.m. Join Bill Montante, Tellus volunteer and resident paleontologist, as he shares the science and history behind how we come to realize that dinosars still live, walk, and fly among us. Free Planetarium show, Our Violent Planet, from 5-9 p.m. Free for members and including with admission for non-members. Details

Roam N Rome returns on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Heritage Park. The annual event is a mental illness awareness and fundraising event hosted by NAMI Rome. A portion of the donations will go to Elevation House, a clubhouse for adults living with a mental illness. Its purpose is to creative a supportive and nurturing environment where individuals can work on skills to be reintegrated into society. Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at 12 p.m. Details

The American Cancer Society will host the Bark for Life event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. Bark For Life events offer survivors – and any dog lover – the opportunity to partner with their canine best friends to create new connections and share a chance to smile as they come together to fight cancer. Families and their dogs come together and complete a one-mile walk to honor the caregiving qualities of their canine best friends and cancer survivors. Additional activities include doggie games, dog dress-up contests, team and community fundraising, music, food and demonstrations from K-9 units. This event is sponsored by Culbreth, Carr and Watson Animal Clinic. For any questions, please feel free to contact Haley Campbell at


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