Flowery Branch, Sugar Hill to hold celebrations Saturday

Anyone who's bored this weekend will have no one but themselves to blame. Both Flowery Branch and Sugar Hill will celebrate the changing seasons with fall festivals Saturday.

Flowery Branch festival

to feature costume contest

Flowery Branch festivities open with a 9 a.m. parade down Main Street featuring the West Hall High School Drum Corp, Flowery Branch Police Department, Girl Scouts of America, Cub Scout Pack 204 and Boy Scouts of America Troop 228. Troop 228, which is the festival's sponsor, will present the flags.

Even though Halloween is a week away, ghosts, witches, devils, black cats and other counterfeit creepies will prowl through downtown in hopes of winning the costume contest at 12:45 p.m. Children can enter to win in the 8 years and younger category or the category for ages 9 to 12. The younger first- and second-place winners will receive $15 and $10 gift certificates, respectively, to Toys R Us. The older winners will receive $15 and $10 gift certificates to Wal-Mart.

Main Street will be lined with food and craft vendors. Roby Golden, the father of two Boy Scouts, will display and take orders for his handmade kayaks.

"He and our sons go kayaking on Lake Lanier," said wife Carol Golden. "He's been a home remodeler for 30 years, and he got some plans and started building (kayaks). They're built of marine plywood, the same as a boat is built of."

Carolina Sky to perform at Sugar Hill Fall Festival

Sugar Hill's fifth annual fall festival will begin Saturday with the 5K Sweet Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. at E. E. Robinson Park. Registration is $15, or $20 the day of the race. Participants will circle from Level Creek Road, across West Broad Street, around Whitehead Road, up Spring Hill Drive and back to the park. All participants will receive a Sweet Run T-shirt.

Planners designed the fall festival with both children and adults in mind. For only $5, kids can play all day on two moon bounces, a giant slide, obstacle course, caterpillar and 12 carnival games. Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas will present the free Globeshooter game, in which every child who plays earns a prize, win or lose. The Boy Scouts' popular ropes course will also return this year.

Buy some good seafood, burgers or ice cream and settle in for some great bluegrass music from Carolina Sky. The Asheville-based quartet, known for their three-part vocal harmonies, will perform traditional and modern bluegrass throughout the day.

There's plenty of good entertainment, food and shopping at Sugar Hill's Fall Festival, from silver jewelry and glassware to hand-carved items. Attendees can dine on treats from A. J. Peppers, C&K Concessions, Mr. Dee's Cheesecakes, Mr. Penguin Ice Cream, Savannah Seafood, Super Suppers and The Varsity Jr.

n What: Flowery Branch Fall Festival

•When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

•Where: Main Street in Flowery Branch

•Cost: Free

•What: Sugar Hill Fall Festival

•When: Sweet Run/Walk begins at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•Where: E. E. Robinson Park on Level Creek Road in Sugar Hill

•Cost: Free

Flowery Branch Schedule

•Master of Ceremonies - Ken Cochran

•9 a.m. - Festival begins with parade, color presentation by Boy Scout Troop 228, invocation, and Amber Carter leading crowd in singing "God Bless America"

•9:30 a.m. - FB Karate Studio demonstration

•10:05 a.m. - Storm Logger

•10:45 a.m. - RH Guitar player Lefty

•11:35 a.m. - Amber Carter

•12:10 p.m. - Country singer Donna Miles

•12:45 p.m. - Costume contest

•1:15 p.m. - Millennium dance troupe

•1:35 p.m. - Costume contest winners announced

•1:40 p.m. - M.R. Jones, impersonator

•2:15 p.m. - Xzamen

•3:05 p.m. - Zack

Sugar Hill Festival Schedule

•11:15 a.m. - Creative Movement & Dance

•Noon - Wildlife Wonders Exotic Animal Show

•1 p.m. - Karate Demo

•2 p.m. - Wildlife Wonders Exotic Animal Show

•2:45 p.m. - Creative Movement & Dance

•3:30 p.m. - Wildlife Wonders Exotic Animal Show

•4:15 p.m. - Tai Kwon Do Seoul Demo