Loganville Councilwoman Michelle Lynch said everything is in order for the 3rd annual in Loganville to be the best yet. It is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, rain or shine. Weather projections at the moment have the day pegged as "75 degrees and sunny."
Lynch said the city has used Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money to fund a streetscape beautification project at the festival site. It won’t be complete by Saturday, but the partially completed upgrades will be visible to festival goers.
Parking can be found at , and . Shuttle service is provided for all three locations. Chairs and food also will be set up at the Loganville First United Methodist Church for people to take the weight off their feet and get a bite before heading up to the festival grounds or heading home at the end of a long day. Lynch said everything is in place for a great time to be had by all.
More vendors and plenty of food on tap this year
“More local organizations and businesses applied for a booth this year than in the past years. With the festival being primarily a craft based event, I was afforded the opportunity to accept more craft vendors along with businesses and groups,” Lynch said.
“We have spread out the area where we have booth spaces available. Almost 150 booth spaces will feature about 135 vendors this year. Many vendors have participated in the festival since its inception. This year brings 57 vendors who have come in the past and helped make the Autumn Heritage Festival a success.”
Lynch said visitors should not leave the festival hungry; the selection being offered encompasses a very wide range from vegetarian wraps to gator nuggets and burgers to pizza.
“A sweet tooth will be cured with a choice of funnel cakes, fried desserts, ice cream and more,” she said. “Folks will have an opportunity to get a good jump on their holiday shopping with wooden bowls, cutting boards and trays or even handmade quilts, collegiate gifts and monogrammed items. Shoppers will find exactly what they need when shopping for the little loves in their lives, from children's items to pet goods.”
Other exhibitors include civic organizations, local businesses as well as some long forgotten arts and crafts.
“A new vendor this year is Broad River Neolithics with owner Michael D. Blackston. Mr. Blackston will demonstrate the art of flint knapping at his booth. The skill pertains to the craft of the Paleo American era. He will display and sell various handmade items such as replica arrowheads,” Lynch said. “Local citizens should visit the Walton County Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. They will have information available regarding the program along with community and personal preparedness for disasters. Another vendor making it's Loganville debut is Jean's Crafts.”
Entertainment to focus on youth
Lynch said the entertainment this year will focus on youth with young musical artists as well as local talent from , , , Walton County Youth Orchestra, and A.M.A.I. Blessed Hope Christian Worship Center will perform in the morning. It will be a first for the Autumn Heritage Festival to feature a church choir. It will also be the first time the festival will host a fundraiser for Walton County Special Olympics. The Kid’s Zone on the City Hall lawn will have two bounce houses and three carnival games at no cost to visitors.
“It is clear to see that the festival presents a day full of activity and fun for the area’s youth,” Lynch said. “Adults will have a great time visiting all the vendors and finding items they may not have known they needed, some early holiday gifts, or perhaps something they have been hunting for a long time. The City is proud to offer a venue for locals to showcase and sell their craft.”