Sugar Hill celebrates the onset of autumn


• What: Sugar Hill Fall Festival

•When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

• Where: E.E. Robinson Park, 850 Level Creek Road, Sugar Hill

• For more information: Visit www.cityofsugarhi... or call 770-831-7413

SUGAR HILL -- The city of Sugar Hill presents the annual fall festival in E.E. Robinson Park on Saturday with activities for every member of the family.

"We try to make our events family oriented so that everyone can enjoy," Recreation Manager Darcee Shafer said. "We will have a rolling video game center with Xbox and PlayStation for the kids and the car show for the dads."

She is speaking of the Volkswagen Car Show. During the festival, residents from across the state and Gwinnett county bring their German automobiles to display for the public. There will be more than 150 cars this year, plus car trivia and competitions between all of the classic cars and VWs at show. One top-notch ride will take home the grand prize for Best in Show.

"The parking lot will be packed with Volkswagens -- that's for sure," Shafer said.

There will be more than cars at the festival. Legendary Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas will be there with a portable basketball hoop to play ball with the kids and give them pointers.

Younger children can visit the animal adventure petting zoo, get their face painted or learn how to ride a pony. There will also be carnival games for prizes, an inflatable obstacle course and jumps, and a rock wall to climb.

The festival will have an area with art and craft vendors selling pottery, jewelry, paintings and other works of art.

Unlike the years before, there will be no parade due to construction and road closures throughout Sugar Hill. To add to the list, there may not be a chili cook-off either.

"We only have one participant so far," Shafer said. "A lot of other large chili cook-offs, like the one at Stone Mountain have had lower numbers this year, too. We can't figure out why that's happening."

Although some of the usual activities are on hiatus until next year, the organizers are keeping a positive note by giving back to the community. They are asking all attendees to donate canned goods and nonperishable items to the food drive at the festival. Every pound will be sent to North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries which supplies the residents in need in Sugar Hill, Buford and Suwanee.