Fall into the season with arts festival, corn maze

Daisy a day

The fall festival season officially starts when the Yellow Daisy Festival pops up. And here it is.

Running through Sunday at Stone Mountain Park, the festival features vendors, family activities and four days of outdoor amusement.

For four years in a row, the festival has been ranked as the No. 1 arts-and-crafts show in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. More than 500 artists and crafters hailing from 38 states will exhibit and sell their work. Patrons can count on seeing live entertainment, clogging and demonstrations, as well as sampling plenty of festival foods.

The Yellow Daisy Festival will be held in the special events meadow at Stone Mountain Park, located off exit 8 on U.S. Highway 78 East in Stone Mountain. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets to the festival are free with park admission, which is $8 per vehicle for a one-day pass or $35 for an annual pass.

For more information, call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

- Staff writer Anna Ferguson

Maize maze

Get into the spirit of the autumn season by paying a visit to Maize Quest, a cornfield maze offered each year at Jaemor Farm Market in Alto. Visitors can explore more than 5,000 feet of pathways cut through 150,000 cornstalks in the 6-acre maze.

A game sheet and etching stations provide the storyline - this year's theme is "Barnyard Adventure" - as well as fun facts about agriculture and directional clues. If you get lost, Maize-o-Vision, a trademarked decoding system, reveals the map hidden on each sheet.

New this year are pedal carts and a dirt track, and scenic hayrides to the pumpkin patch are available for $5.

Maize Quest Cornfield Maze will be open Saturday through Nov. 3 at Jaemor Farm Market, 5340 Cornelia Highway in Alto. The maze is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 7 years old and free for children under 3 years old.

For more information, call 770-869-3999 or visit www.jamsjellies.com.

- Lifestyle Editor Shelley Mann

Return of Sanjaya

It's become a summer tradition - favorite contestants from each season of the Fox smash "American Idol" hit the road for a nationwide tour after the season finale airs in May. Catch the top 10 contestants from season six when the "American Idol" 2007 live tour arrives at the Arena at Gwinnett Center this week.

Performers will include season winner Jordin Sparks, as well as Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, Chris Richardson, Phil Stacey, Sanjaya Malakar, Haley Scarnato, Gina Glocksen and Chris Sligh.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $72.50. Visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.

- Lifestyle Editor Shelley Mann