The second annual rock the books festival was held in downtown St. Marys at the Howard Gillman Memorial Waterfront Park on Saturday, August 4.

Ailetha Turner, one of the event’s coordinators, stated in an email that so far around six-hundred backpacks had been given out, also providing additional supplies to Camden House as well.

The festival hosted fourteen different vendors including Taste O’ Philly, Zoe’s Shaved Ice, Mookie’s Cookies, Chi-ago’s to name a few.

Prizes, giveaways from Modern Woodmen, Weichart Realtors, Camden County Sheriff’s C.H.A.M.P.S. program, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Reaching Milestones, Sapp & Bruce Educational Consulting.

There were areas for free games, face painting, tug of war, Fey McDonald’s gave out free ice cream for the children.

Turner stated, “Saturday was a great, fun-filled, rain-free day! We were able to make children in our community very happy. Not only did they get much-needed school supplies, but they were also able to have a dance contest and enjoy music with one of the hottest Dj’s in Savannah, E93’s DJ A-Rod.”

Since the event, Turner stated people in need of school supplies are still contacting them, they are doing all that they can to deliver the items to them. Turner also said she delivered backpacks and school supplies to The Methodist Boys and Safe Harbor in Brunswick Thursday, August 8.

Plans are already in motion for Rock the Books 2019, with hopes of making the event bigger, better.

Those who attended the event are being asked to fill out a quick survey at

Last year Turner estimated they gave out over one-thousand backpacks.

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