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Pondtown is coming, are you ready?
Pondtown is coming, are you ready?

Members of the Pondtown Festival Association, Inc. are in the middle of firming of final details for the annual Pondtown Festival which will be April 6, 2013.

Coordinating the event this year is Jason Braden, senior loan officer at Colony Bank in Eastman, Rhine native, father and husband.

The Pondtown Festival Association, Inc. reflects a non-profit status, and according to Jason a wonderful “core group of volunteers.”

He said, “Pondtown, known as an approximate five-mile radius of Rhine, and is the official name of our voting district, is a small, tight knit community that acts very much like a family.”

Jason continued, “The people can and will disagree, like in any family, but when trouble is at your door, you won't find a more supportive group of people anywhere. We really stick together and care for one another. Good times or bad, the people of this district are here for each other, and we think that is reason enough to celebrate.” Hence, the Pondtown Festival which happens in the spring of every eyar in the downtown streets of Rhine.

According to Jason, there really won't be a lot of differences from the 2012 festival. “I really don't know of many things different … I  will be happy for the 2013 festival to be a direct replica of  the 2012,  as I think it went well …  there are numerous food vendors, arts and crafts, rides, inflatables for the kids, tons of local daytime entertainment, street dance and so much more planned.”

Celebrities from the popular reality show, Lizard Lick Towing, Bobby Brantley and Big Juicy, will be on hand, and entertainment will come from The Chuckwagon Gang from Nashville and the LACS. “Possibly some other personalities that have not confirmed.”

Jason said, “Since my involvement with the Pondtown Festival, I have received several compliments from people all over the Southeast. They all comment on how they wish they could live in a small community like the Pondtown district.”

He said, “That is what we, the PFA Board, strive for with the festival. We want people to come and not only enjoy the activities and events at the festival, but to leave with a authentic small town experience.”

Jason added, “ I don't believe you can find finer people anywhere, and the people of Pondtown go out of their way to make others feel welcome. That is what I want and what we all want, for everyone to feel welcome and want to come back again next year.”

Pondtown Festival has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pondtown-Festival/193277217401224. There is a website as well at www.pondtownfestival.com. Updates are posted on the Facebook page, as well as contact information.

From the Tri-County Monitor at www.tricountymonitor.net. Used with Permission

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