Snellville kicks off 2nd annual fall fest


• What: Second annual Snellville Fall Festival

• When: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: The Snellville Town Green opposite City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville

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SNELLVILLE -- Although Snellville's annual spring festival is known as the city's most popular event, it seems the community is also highly receptive of an autumn festival. For its second year, Snellville Fall Festival will be held at the Snellville Town Green on Saturday and is estimated to have more than 4,000 attendees.

"We are amazed at the tremendous reception the festival got from the community and the vendors," said Joe Burnett, executive director of Snellville Tourism and Trade (STAT). "We feel like we are on target and gave the community what they really did want."

The festival will have a plethora of seasonal and carnival foods, as well as live music and more than 60 arts and crafts vendors. For the children there will be a Kid's Zone with inflatables, bungee jumping equipment, hay wagon rides and more.

This year there will be an antique car show, presented by the American Dream Vette Club.Plus, there will now be a second stage for music in the back of City Hall that will feature Don Law from 1 to 5 p.m. The main stage will have music all day and will be headlined by the band All in Red beginning at 6 p.m.

For those looking to be active participants in the day's happenings, there will be a children's Halloween costume contest, Best Pie and Cake contests and a scarecrow competition. For the kids costume contest, children up to age 12 can compete and it begins at 2:30 p.m.

The cake and pie contests will accept 12 competitors each. Entries will be judged at 4 p.m. on "taste and overall presentation," according to the STAT website. First prize includes $75 and a plaque, whereas second prize is $35 and a plaque.

For the best scarecrow contest there is not a limit on the number of competitors. The first place prize-winner will receive $100. Plus, according to Burnett, the winner's scarecrow will be on display in the Town Center through Halloween.

Throughout the day there will also be an apple-bobbing contest, guessing games, an eating contest and train rides around the Snellville Town Green.

"These will be the type of activities where people won't just stand there. They will be able to participate," Burnett said.

Overall, the festival hopes to be a fun day for the community to celebrate town pride and seasonal spirit.

"It is important as something that allows the community to come together," he said.