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Thousands attend Rock 'n Rib Fest in Lawrenceville

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LAWRENCEVILLE -- Thousands came out to celebrate the meteoric rise and continued success of Georgia Gwinnett College with the fifth annual Rock 'n Rib Fest in historic downtown Lawrenceville Square on Saturday.

The square has played host to the event all five years, bringing everyone's love for great music, craft booths, games and, of course, mouth-watering BBQ together.

Every year has given GGC a chance to unveil a new and exciting piece of the college. This year was no different. With the college announcing its plans to establish an athletic program less than a year prior, Saturday's celebration included introductions of all of the new sports teams and their coaches.

Also included in the day's activities for the festival was the running of the Tutus for Tatas 5K race, which helps to educate on the importance of early detection for breast cancer.

GGC student and SGA president Seijin Tranberg said he enjoyed his third Rock 'n Rib experience.

"There has been a lot more of a turnout from the GGC community, and we're always looking for more school spirit," He said. "I'm an avid biker, so it's been really nice to enjoy riding my bike around the event with this great weather."

"I came for the ribs ... oh yeah, and the ribs," GGC staff member David Gabrell said.

Gabrell, a mainstay of GGC since its inception, was also helping out with the college information and raffle tent. The raffle winners received a new tablet provided by Verizon plus bags filled with GGC swag.

Jenna Gracek of Lawrenceville participated in the 5K race in the morning, then stuck around with the rest of her family to enjoy the food and music.

"I brought seven members of my family with me, and I have kids so we love the bouncy houses," Gracek said.