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County Seat Day filled with food, fun, entertainment

LAWRENCEVILLE - Whether you're looking for art, goodies, gourmet jams and jellies or just plain fun, it's all waiting at the third annual County Seat Day this Saturday at Lawrenceville's historic downtown square.

More than 60 exhibitors, food vendors, souvenir sellers and civic and nonprofit representatives will line historic Lawrenceville's streets for the celebration. The old courthouse, now a protected museum that houses the Gwinnett Historical Society, will be open to the public all day. Government leaders from Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville and surrounding cities will be around to hear citizens, ideas and suggestions.

County Seat Day is designed to get neighbors together and have fun. Festival-goers can hear live music all day long, starting with contemporary Irish music, bluegrass, bagpipes, Motown, swing and beach rock, ending with the University of Georgia's Tropical Breeze Steel Band. County Seat Players, Gwinnett's professional theater group since 1993, will offer a special performance at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn.

Chauaib Saidi of Saidi Art in Atlanta, will paint live pastel portraits at County Seat Day.

"I have been painting for 17 years," said Saidi, who earned a doctorate of visual arts at Sorbonne University in Paris. "I approach portraiture with a passion for interpreting the human being, not just his momentary appearance."

During the event, make sure to stop by the giant pumpkin. The person who most closely guesses its weight will win a prize.

Kids can bounce, roll and play at Kids Fest, sponsored by Gwinnett Federal Credit Union. They should be all worn out after a day enjoying the moon walks, bungee jumps, rock climbing wall, gyro space ball, speed-pitch machine, two-mule hay ride, petting zoo, train ride, pumpkin painting, face painting and hula hoops.

Kids at heart will enjoy the motorcycle display and Gwinnett Fire Services' truck/engine display from local Lawrenceville Station No. 15.

County Seat Day is presented by Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association.

n What: County Seat Day and Oktoberfest

•When: County Seat Day will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; Oktoberfest will be 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday

•Where: Lawrenceville's square and historic courthouse, 185 Crogan St.

•Info: Visit www.visitlawrenceville.com

Oktoberfest set for Saturday in Lawrenceville

Pull on the lederhosen, grab a stein and bring a good appetite - Oktoberfest is coming to Lawrenceville on Saturday.

The first keg of German beer will be tapped at 3 p.m., and the Biergarten will be open until 11 p.m., where Lil' River Grill and The Flying Saucer will serve great food and authentic German beer and wine. Enter through the Lil' River Grill on Crogan Street. The Oktoberfest event will also feature German dancers, polka music by The Dots and karaoke.