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Lilburn Daze promises old-fashioned fun

LILBURN - The 32nd annual Lilburn Daze Festival is shaping up to be the best ever, according to festival chairwoman Diana Carson.

With more than 250 arts and crafts booths, a children's area with rock climbing, pony rides, train rides, a moonwalk, food and entertainment, there's something for everyone. In addition to all the fun, there will also be free health screenings, including flu shots, and booths sponsored by the Lilburn Business Association with local officials and political candidates on hand.

The Lilburn Women's Club and the city of Lilburn are sponsoring this year's event.

"From everything I've heard, this year's event should again be terrific," said Bethany Nash at Lilburn City Hall.

Organizers say they enjoy the good reputation the festival has earned.

They can be selective in choosing the many artisans, food booths and entertainers because this has become such a popular annual event.

"The food is great every year," said Nancy Kenny, who will be working the festival's Chuckwagon along with other Women's Club members. "The Chuckwagon features foods like hot dogs and nachos. Other food vendors will be selling everything from barbecue, baked goods, hamburgers, popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, you name it."

Fair-goers can expect to see the work of some of the best regional artists and craftsmen at Lilburn Daze Saturday. They'll be able to walk off some of that tempting food while strolling through aisle after aisle of booths offering everything from handmade jewelry to quilts, toys and puppets to home accessories.

Lilburn Daze has also become one of metro Atlanta's best festivals for antique finds, according to a spokesperson for the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Also included in this year's exhibitors are the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Representatives from the Gladiators' front office will be at the festival with information on the upcoming 2005-2006 season.