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Out in the Crowd: American Indian festival to be held this weekend

The Gwinnett County Fairgrounds may have seemed empty when the fair ended recently, but another event celebrating the rich heritage of American Indians will fill the space this weekend.

Founded by the late Paul Eddy, a Dakota (Sioux) from the Yankton reservation in South Dakota, the Voice in the Wind American Indian Festival is held two weekends a year, during Memorial Day weekend and the first weekend in October. The event is carried on by Eddy's wife, Toadie, and their son, Ryan, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Various nations will be represented at the festival, where dancers competing for prize money will explain the tradition of their dances to the public. There will also be primitive demonstrations and storytelling.

Vendors will be selling Indian jewelry, pottery, dream catchers, flutes, handmade drums and food items, including Indian fry bread and Indian tacos.

For more information on the festival, call 770-791-0066, e-mail vitwind@alltel.net or visit www.vitwind.com.

Other local events

happening this weekend

The city of Norcross will hold its fifth annual juried art event - Norcross Art Fest - from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the event, visit www.norcrossartfest.com.

The 29th annual Elisha Winn Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the historic Elisha Winn House on Dacula Road in Dacula. Admission is $3 for adults, and children 12 and younger are free. For more information, call the Gwinnett Historical Society at 770-822-5174.

The fourth annual Rice Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at Carter Oaks Shopping Center at 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross. For more information, call 770-270-0663.

New Dawn Theatre Company will present "A Streetcar Named Desire" at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Red Clay Theater and Arts Center, 3116 Main St. in Duluth. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.redclaytheatrearts.com or by calling 770-622-1777.