Georgetown celebrates Red Poppy Festival

February 25, 2013 by  

A tradition in Georgetown, the Red Poppy Festival will take place this April at the Georgetown Convention Center. It will provide family fun, music, and great food for all those in attendance.

The red poppy holds special significance in the history of Georgetown. It is believed during World War I, a young soldier stationed in Flanders’ Fields sent poppy seeds home to his family in Georgetown. The seeds were planted and grew wild in the area for several years. No longer growing wild, the residents grow the red poppy flowers in areas throughout the town, particularly in Georgetown’s Historic Old Town. They work to preserve their beauty and retain the associated history. Spring tours are conducted through the heavily poppy populated areas and attract many visitors regularly.

Kicking off the Red Poppy Festival on April 26 will be a concert which will feature Radiostar. The next day there will be a night concert, along with a street dance starring the popular group Restless Heart. Brandon Rhyder will perform the afternoon of April 28.

A big attraction at the festival is the arts and crafts fair, which features handmade items from top quality artisans from across the country. The festival organizers are accepting vendor applications now from those people interested in reserving booth space. Vendors typically work with local printing companies in ordering banner printing for signage for their booths. Business card printing is another frequent request so the vendors have an adequate supply of cards to distribute from their booths.

More information can be found on the Georgetown Red Poppy Festival website.

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