'A great crowd'
40th annual Yellow Daisy Festival ends today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Some were purchasing Christmas gifts for friends and family, others were buying treasures for themselves and some were simply there for the food and drink.

The 40th annual Yellow Daisy Festival was in full swing Saturday as crowds of people perused the more than 500 artists' and crafters' booths featuring items ranging from stoneware frames and freshwater pearl jewelry to teacups and soaps. Some of the more unique items included jewelry made from recycled telephone wire and doormats made from old tires.

"Guests are able to come out and pick so many different things, so many different creative things, between woodworking and glass blowing and jewelry and painting," said Kelley Swann, director of marketing for Stone Mountain Park. "There's always something unique you can find."

Lilburn resident William Staubach was selling his hand-cut metal garden art in his 10th year at the Yellow Daisy Festival.

"It is going very good," Staubach said of the event. "We've had a successful year so far."

The Yellow Daisy Festival is a tradition - going on 21 years - for friends Teresa Knight and Lauri Bates.

"We like spending money," said Knight, a Lilburn resident, "although I spend more on myself than she does," she laughed, gesturing toward Bates. "She buys for friends, I buy for myself."

Knight said she had picked up some necklaces for herself and a hummingbird feeder for her husband.

Bates, a Lawrenceville resident, said she was buying Christmas presents.

Diane Boettcher, also a Lawrenceville resident, was attending the festival for the first time with a friend.

"She comes all the time," Boettcher said of her festival shopping companion.

Boettcher said she had purchased Christmas gifts and some things for herself. "Lots of fun stuff," she added.

Monroe resident Wayne Schmitz said he was at the festival - his fourth - for the food and drink, as he made his way away from the food area toward the arts and crafts booths.

"Over the past three days, we've had a great crowd," Swann said. "By the end of the festival (today), we expect to have between 150 to 200,000 people."