Bethlehem celebrates third Star Festival

BETHLEHEM - A stellar day is planned for Saturday's third annual Bethlehem Star Festival.

Forty-two vendors, eight of those serving food, are setting up in front of City Hall. Look for a crowd around the booth manned by Chateau Elan Chef Rick Villameter, one of the festival's stars. Villameter will prepare and serve an Oriental combo plate and deli sandwiches. Attendees will have plenty to eat with a wide selection of boiled peanuts, snow cones, hot dogs, funnel cakes and kettle corn.

Representatives of WIMO, 1300 AM on the radio dial, will broadcast live from the festival site starting at noon.

There's a souvenir for everyone with 34 craft booths to browse through.

"We have some genuinely talented artists," festival organizer Mary Koestel said.

Lots of Christmas items will be featured, in keeping with city tradition, as well as hand-painted signs, oil paintings, quilters, knitted items, Western-themed crafts made of horseshoes and ropes, original design children's and doll clothing, jewelry, pottery, handbags and marshmallow guns.

Local beekeeper Bill Owens is bringing plenty of honey for sale. Just down the lane, Sandy McNabb, mayoral candidate, will offer handcrafted wooden products.

There's lots to entertain children, too. The firefighters of Barrow County's Bethlehem station will take pictures of kids with the brand new fire truck and local Masons are setting up a huge inflatable play area.

"It's such a big deal for such a little town," Koestel said.