Downtown Rome will be packed Saturday thanks to the Harbin Hero Hustle, followed by Fiddlin’ Fest and college football. Please note that Broad Street will be closed from First Street to Fourth Avenue (Second Avenue will be open) as part of the music festival. Here’s what’s planned:
10 a.m.: The Harbin Hero Hustle returns to the streets of downtown Rome on Saturday. Registration continues, helping one of the five local charities competing for the $1,000 prize from Harbin Clinic. Those in the running include: Rome Floyd YMCA, Summit Quest, The Sweet Cocoon, Floyd County CASA, Living Proof Recovery. Here’s how to sign up
Expanded report: Online registration costs $25 for the 5K and $20 for the walk. Race-day registration costs $30 for the 5K race. Last year’s event drew more than 450 participants with many of them paying homage to their favorite superheroes and villains. “I never imagined so many super heroes lived in the friendly confines of Rome and Floyd County,” RFPRD Director Kevin Cowling says. “I can’t wait to see the amazing costumes and the fast times our local heroes turn in again this year.” A fun, fast course awaits this year’s group of heroes. The event also offers a way to help participants give back to a local charity in the Harbin Hero Challenge. During online registration and race-day registration, registrants can select one of five charities to support, earning that charity points in the Hero Challenge. The costume categories are: Best hero or villain; best junior hero (age 10 and under); Best league of heroes (two or more heroes). After the race concludes and the hustling heroes have once again saved the day, awards will be presented to race and age group winners. The charity which tallies the most points will be crowned the Harbin Hero Challenge winner and earn a $1,000 donation.
Race day details: Registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Start times: 5K at 10 a.m.; walk at 10:05 a.m. Starts at Bridgepoint Plaza, ends at Town Green.
Noon-10 p.m. Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers returns with “bluegrass music and vintage fun:” It will feature two live music stages along with activities along every block of the festival. The event will be held on Broad Street with traffic closed in the 100, 200, 300, 400 blocks (Second Avenue will be open). It begins at noon and continues until 10 p.m. The event is free courtesy of sponsors River City Bank, Hampton Inn and Downtown Rome businesses. There will be arts and crafts vendors set up in the 100 block. Cars on Broad car show will feature cars from every decade including pre-1950, street rod, original, rat rod, trucks and more. The Armuchee Ruritan Club who is presenting the show will judge and offer “Best of” awards in several categories. Interested participants can register online at the festival website. Attendees will enjoy the interactive games at the kids alley. Downtown shops will feature sidewalk sales and restaurants will offer food and drinks for sale outside their businesses. Adult beverages purchased at restaurants may be brought within the event area with an arm band. Details: fiddlinfest.com
7:30 p.m. Rome Symphony Orchestra’s 96th season premiere concert, ‘Symphonic Magic,’ featuring Illusionist Landon Swank and Maestro Jeff Dokken at the Rome City Auditorium. Tickets range from $6 to $22 in advance and $6 to $27 at the door. Tickets on sale at Rome Kroger, Living & Giving, Merry Bee Gallery or online www.romesymphony.org or call 706-291-7967. Landon Swank, is best remembered for his recent record breaking 12- episode run on “America’s Got Talent” where he wowed the judges with his unique brand of illusion and story- telling. Now residing in Las Vegas, Mr. Swank is featured on TV’s “The Illusionist” and is the youngest Master Magician in the country. He can be seen performing in hotels and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe, often with his magician friend Chris Angel. “Symphonic Magic” was the creation of Maestro Jeffrey Dokken who reached out to Mr. Swank after observing him in performance. The two now have plans to take the tour on the road with October’s RSO concert being their inaugural performance.
Also, Landon Swank will perform the Houdini water tank trick at 2 p.m. Saturday on the steps of City Hall. It’s free and all who attend will receive a $5 off coupon for the concert.
Trout Unlimited’s Chili Cookoff, 10 a.m.-6 pm., Ridge Ferry Park. Details