OMG! Festival features Georgia-only businesses

awoolen@macon.comJune 11, 2014 

What started in September as a small marketing campaign has blossomed into something much bigger.

Christine Price started Peach State Women to help small businesses in Georgia band together to promote themselves. She started the event Oh My Georgia! Festival and Farmers Market intending to host in one small venue at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the fairgrounds will have exclusively Georgia products.

Now with more than 120 vendors, Price expanded from just the Georgia Grown Building to include Heritage Hall.

“It’s grown bigger than I actually imagined,” Price said, although she isn’t complaining.

Price, who manages health plans for employers as her full-time job, is on a mission to make sure everyone who lives in Georgia knows about what is grown here and that they don’t have to shop at large chains.

Her Facebook page, which started Sept. 28, has 17,000 followers in eight months.

One of those who supports Price’s mission is Carol Reagan, who owns Birds of a Thread, a Houston County embroidery business.

“She’s a true supporter of Georgia businesses,” said Reagan of Price.

Although Reagan has only been in business about a year, she wanted to be sure she was a vendor at this event.

“I’m from Georgia, born and raised in Houston County,” Reagan said proudly. The opportunity to showcase her wares alongside other Georgia businesses was a huge draw for the Kathleen resident.

Price said she hopes this event will help people see they can get anything they need from a Georgia small business.

Some other vendors include artists, produce, peanut brittle, nursery plants and jams and jellies.

Price stands by her businesses, too, and said she doesn’t buy her produce or her meat from grocery stores but from farmers markets and local growers near where she lives in Valdosta.

“I’m a locally grown fanatic,” she said. “Georgia has everything anyone could want.”

The cost for entry is $7, and children ages 10 and younger are free. Military and veterans get in free Sunday.

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