Gwinnett offers festival fun in every direction

Head to the northern and southern parts of Gwinnett early Saturday morning to find spring festivals in bloom.

The 37th annual Suwanee Days Festival and the Historic Buford Spring Festival will open a fair weather events season that highlights what Gwinnett cities have to offer in the areas of arts, entertainment, food and fun.

Early risers can start their Saturday morning at Snellville Days, where Donna Douglas will be a special guest for the annual parade, which is set to start at 10. Douglas played Southern belle Ellie May Clampett on the long-running TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies."

The Buford festival will open an hour later, with both events to host arts and crafts vendors and exhibitors as well as activities for children and musical entertainment.

Atlanta-based funk-rock band Mother's Finest will headline the Snell-ville Days evening concert, while downtown Buford will be filled with the sound of music throughout the day, from the swing sound of Capital City Xpress to the bluesy rock of The Deacon Brandon Reeves Band.

Both festivals are free to attend, with Snellville Days carrying over into Sunday. For more information on Snellville Days, call the city's parks and recreation department at 770-985-3535 or visit www.snellvilledays.com. To find out more about the Historic Buford Spring Festival, call 678-360-6657 or visit www.visitbuford.com.