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Newborn hosts Horneyhead Festival Saturday

Newborn hosts Hornyhead fishing tournament and Festival

NEWBORN — Grab a fishing pole and cast a line on Saturday as the Hornyhead fishing tournament and festival returns to the Newborn community.

The fishing tournament will begin at 8 a.m. and booths will be open until 2 p.m. at the old Newborn schoolhouse located on Ga. Highway 142.

There will be a variety of vendors including Johnston Dairies, The Fudge Lady, face painting, Where There’s Smoke BBQ and more.

Live music will start at 10 a.m. with the Maloy Brothers; The Now & Then Band at 11 a.m.; and Johnny Roquemore will perform at noon. The Newborn Queen will be announced on stage along with the fishing tournament winners.

“This year we have focused on increasing the variety and number of vendors. Johnston Dairies, our hometown dairy, will be there with cheese samples and a calf to meet,” said Linda Woodworth, event organizer. “Kids activities, The Fudge Lady, barbecue, homemade jams and jellies, veggie starts, antiques and more. The Hornyhead is a little fish, but it’s full of character, which is appropriate since Newborn is a town with characters.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward the improvement of the old Newborn schoolhouse.

The town of Newborn owns the school and leases it to the Newborn Area Heritage Trust for a nominal amount. The nonprofit NAHT rents out the facility and maintains it, but the roof was declared unsafe in 2009. Community members and businesses stepped in to raise funds for the repairs. The next steps are to continue to improve the appearance of the building, according to officials.