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20th annual Auburnfest offers food, music and art vendors

AUBURN -- Every year, the city of Auburn offers 12 major events focusing on specific hobbies and lifestyles. Yet, the annual gathering that collectively brings out residents and visitors of various interests is Auburnfest, which is Saturday and Sunday.

If you go

• What: 20th annual Auburnfest

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Downtown Auburn

• For more information: Visit www.cityofauburn-...

"These major events are designed to bring people to the city of Auburn. You see, Auburn is a little village. You've got to create the awareness of the town by bringing people to various events," said Sherrie Miller, Auburn's economic development coordinator.

The annual fall festival features food vendors, arts and craft exhibitors, live music and entertainment, in addition to family-friendly games and activities. Music will be presented by bands Risky Business, The Midnight Cruisers, Daily Dying and David Leon.

Each band offers a unique sound and style. Daily Dying is a Christian band based out of Atlanta while David Leon, a recent graduate of Dacula High School, is an upcoming county music singer who was voted one of the top 10 Atlanta country artists in the 2010 Country Atlanta Poll.

Miller expects there to be more than 75 vendors with about 10 serving food, including fried chicken, barbecue and funnel cakes.

"We try to always have lots of picnic tables around so that the people can rest, relax and enjoy," she said.

Various arts and crafters will be selling merchandise that is homemade, such as monogrammed materials and home decor.

"We find that people demand a high-quality of arts and crafts vendors because this is the time of the year where people are looking for Christmas gifts," Miller said. "We try to make sure we find the best we can."

As Auburnfest has evolved over its 20 year history, so has the town of Auburn. An estimated 14,000 people come out for the festival annually. Compared to the beginning, which was a small gathering that encouraged people to bring a potluck dish, Auburnfest has become one of the community's largest traditions.