Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney remembers the Potlatch festivals of her youth as a homecoming celebration for the city.

The whole town would be out at the Carthage Civic Center for three days, she said. Today’s Potlatch, while smaller than it used to be, still holds the same joy.

“There’s a lot of memories around it,” Deloney said. “And it is different now, obviously. But we’ve tried to bring back some of the things that people remember and enjoy.”

Potlatch 2019 is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams St. in Carthage.

This year’s festival includes favorites like vendor booths, teen pillow fighting, a children’s train, a car show, karaoke, performances from area singers and choirs, and storytimes with the Sammy Brown Library. Organizers have also planned a new section of the festival: a “man cave” within the Civic Center that will be showing football games all day.

On the Main Stage, First Baptist Church choir members will perform at 11 a.m. Singers and guests from the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame will perform at 11:30 a.m. The Rancho Grande Karaoke Contest will take place at 1 p.m.

“Rowe Performing Arts will do a commercial around noon of their show, which once Potlatch closes, we’ll clean up and then Rowe Performing Arts will do their show that night,” Deloney said.

A teen area will set up at the Carthage Expo Center next door to the Civic Center. Organizers have arranged a combination rock climbing wall and super slide, as well as Jacob’s Ladder, a pillow-fighting challenge and a game called Collision — where teens will be able to climb inside giant, inflatable balls and then crash against other balls.

The children’s area includes a jump house, obstacle course, trackless train and a storytime area from the Sammy Brown Library, where librarians will be leading kids in a sand craft throughout the day. The library is also sponsoring the Gamester’s Paradise bus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vendors will include local artisans and restaurants.

A blood drive is also planned from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Look for the Carter BloodCare bus in the parking lot of the Civic Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Cindy Deloney at (903) 693-0160.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.