Singer-songwriter Thomas Fountain will be performing at Riverfest on Saturday at 3 p.m. The festival is organized by the Service League of Cherokee County and benefits children in need in the community. This year marks the 29th Riverfest.
Originally from Jasper and a school teacher in Cherokee County, Fountain became a solo artist about a year ago.
Fountain, who teaches physical education at Mill Creek Middle School, is one of six finalists in the Georgiacountry.com annual competition to find fans’ choices for best male and female country music talent in the state.
He is a familiar performer at Painted Pig and Downtown Kitchen in Canton and Jump Kitchen in Woodstock and is producing an EP of his original songs.
“I actually work with a couple of ladies with the Service League, and I know what they do behind the scene, and it is a really good cause. … Anytime we can perform for a good cause like this, we try to do it,” Fountain said.
Fountain and his band perform a wide variety of country sounds and classics. Fans can vote for the finalists for artist of the year through Oct. 12, and anyone is eligible to vote, even those who voted in the semi-finals, he said. To vote, visit www.georgia-county.com/awards.php.
Another of the festival’s highlights will be The Suggins Brothers, a bluegrass band based out of Macon that formed in the late 1970s when two teenagers who loved to play and sing met at a bluegrass festival.
They will perform Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m.
A returning favorite to Riverfest this year is Jordan Grassi. The country singer/songwriter and Canton native will open this year’s Riverfest with the singing of the national anthem on Saturday at 10 a.m. and will then perform later in the day at noon.
This year, the Cherokee High School Band of Warriors will perform at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Riverfest is at Boling Park in Canton Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organizers said that the juried show, featuring more than 200 exhibitors, concessionaires and entertainers, showcases some of the finest arts, crafts, festival fare and live performances the Southeast has to offer.
Riverfest is the Service League’s flagship fundraising event, with all proceeds benefiting the needy children of Cherokee County. Admission for adults and children 11 and older is a $5 donation.
The event will take place rain or shine. Free parking and shuttle services are available. Dogs are prohibited in the park by city ordinance.