Laltrello, 70, was killed Friday, March 15, in Villa Rica from injuries sustained during a three-vehicle accident. She had been a champion of Polk County tourism efforts for years, working with local officials to promote the county's attractions, including Welshfest.
Officials say that her energetic spirit and love for Polk County will be missed, and they know she would want the event to continue.
The event, planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will take place in several areas of Rockmart, with the main hub of activity taking place on Marble Street at the town museum.
Bob Culver has been selected as the master of ceremonies and Jimmy Lester, Mary Morgan, Ann Wheeler and GeorgeAnna Watson are on board to make sure the town’s best historic foot is put forward.
Dan Williams, local Welsh runner, will appear in the “Keeping up with the Joneses” 3.2-mile/5K fun run on the Silver Comet Trail from downtown Rockmart to Van Wert.
Marc Stringer will be in the Learner’s Tent to discuss the best ways to collect an oral history, questions to ask and methods to use.
The Wesley Chapel AME Church will be open for tours on March 16 as part of Welshfest.
It has been identified as the only “slate” church outside the downtown area, and will be a stop for the bus tours out to historic Van Wert Church.
A bus will leave from the downtown Rockmart Museum as part of a tour to the old church.
Tom Melville, an American cricket player, author and leading interpreter, is scheduled to conduct participant cricket games at Welshfest 2013.
These games will not be demonstrations or performances but a 100 percent participant activity. Kids, adults, men, and women - from age 7 to 70 - will make up the teams and get an opportunity to play.
The games will be run on a continuous walk up basis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to the public.
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