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Horneyhead Festival returns to Newborn

Special Photo. The Horneyhead Chub fish is a member of the minnow family and is distinguished by tiny horns located on the head. The fish is the unofficial mascot of Newborn.

Special Photo. The Horneyhead Chub fish is a member of the minnow family and is distinguished by tiny horns located on the head. The fish is the unofficial mascot of Newborn.

COVINGTON -- The town of Newborn has dubbed itself "A Town with Characters" so it's no surprise the town's unofficial mascot is a fish that's an unusual character itself.

The Horneyhead Chub fish is a member of the minnow family and is distinguished by tiny horns located on, you guessed it, the head. It populates creeks and ponds around town and for years, residents have celebrated this strange creature with an annual festival.

Last year, the festival was canceled due to renovations that were under way at the historic Newborn Schoolhouse on Ga. Highway 142. But this year, the celebration has been revived. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, outside the schoolhouse.

Hosted by the Newborn Area Heritage Trust, the festival will feature yard sales, arts and crafts booths and bake sales. Breakfast and barbecue plates will be for sale by Where There's Smoke barbecue restaurant and entertainment will be provided by local musicians. There will also be a kid's corner with games and a hula hoop contest. A parade at noon will feature off-road vehicles such as tractors, ATVs, horse-drawn buggies and bicycles.

The highlight of the festival as always will be the Horneyhead Fishing Tournament, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants will take to the local waterways to try and make the best catch.

"A lot of people have their own fishing holes for these things," said Patsy Thompson, secretary for Newborn Area Heritage Trust. Those who catch the biggest fish and the fish with the most horns will receive trophies at a fish fry hosted at a later date. Winning fish caught in previous tournaments are on display at the museum located inside the schoolhouse.

"I think we're going to have a big time. We encourage everyone to come out and support community things," Thompson said.

Booths for the festival are still available for $10. Entry into the fishing tournament is also $10. Both can be obtained by calling Thompson at 770-786-4895.

Thompson also encouraged all who can to join Newborn Area Heritage Trust, which is charged with maintaining the schoolhouse. Most recently, the organization raised $180,000 to stabilize the building's roof and foundation and is now working to raise funds for cosmetic repairs. Membership is $15 a year. Call Thompson for more information.