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Shoppers flock to Stone Mountain for start of Yellow Daisy Festival

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Shoppers began stopping by Karen Elliott's tent at 8 a.m. Thursday, two hours before the 42nd annual Yellow Daisy Festival officially opened.

The Lilburn resident arrived at Stone Mountain Park's special events meadow at 7 a.m. to put the finishing touches on the 10-by-10 booth she and her aunt, Carol Dobbs, set up throughout the day Wednesday.

This is the third year the duo, founders of K and C Designs, have offered their signature shell pendants along with sterling silver pendants and necklaces, purses and gifts that can be engraved or monogrammed on site.

As three-year veterans of the annual arts and crafts show, "we know (shoppers are) going to be here bright and early," Elliott said, "Thursday and Friday especially."

She and Dobbs are two of 17 Gwinnett residents participating in this year's festival and selling items ranging from metal and wood sculptures to rugs and fabric wall hangings.

After a 10-year hiatus, curiosity drew Buford resident Ann Severt to the opening day of the four-day festival

"I decided to come because it's been a long time," she said. "It's been so long since I've been here."

Severt shopped Thursday with her daughter, Woodstock resident Alyssa Ferega, to get first dibs on what the more than 400 artists and crafters on site had to offer, from functional and decorative pottery to hand-made jewelry and clothing. Getting a jump on the weekend crowds was a popular idea as walking traffic jams clogged up spots along the longest loop of vendors, Azalea Circle, midday on Thursday.

Elliott said traffic meandering through Blackberry Lane, the area in which her booth is set up, was about the same compared to previous years. She hoped that meant she and Dobbs could head home about 6:30 p.m.

"We'll go crawling out," she laughed.

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