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Lilburn Daze has perfect weather, large crowds

Staff Photo: John Bohn Decorative rocks are shown at the Baby Sue Beads booth at the Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held Saturday at Lilburn City Park.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Decorative rocks are shown at the Baby Sue Beads booth at the Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held Saturday at Lilburn City Park.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Cheryl Chamlee, of Ellenwood, hangs puppets that she sells in a boot at the Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held Saturday at Lilburn City Park.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Lindy Schmidt, of Grayson walks past hand blown glass ornaments made by Parry Moss, at the Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held Saturday at Lilburn City Park.

LILBURN -- Marsha Hopkins of Lilburn walked up and down the make-shift aisles with her daughter Melissa on Saturday afternoon at the Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival.

"I really like Lilburn Daze, but I didn't get to come last year because we were at the Georgia Tech football game, so I made sure to be here this year," she said. "I like to look for unique stuff like pottery, crocheted stuff, I bought a crocheted piece. We also found some beautiful hand-blown bowls."

Melissa Hopkins added, "I made sure to come home to go shopping with my mom."

The Lilburn City Park was packed most of the day with people browsing and buying wares from local arts and crafts creators.

"The event is awesome. It's a beautiful day and the array of vendors is fantastic," said Laurie Wexel, president of the Lilburn Woman's Society. "People have been coming up to the front saying that this has been a great family day. It's been a steady stream of people all day. (The event) helps fund what we do in our community. I love Lilburn Daze."

The vendors were selling something for everyone. There was fudge for sale, college football memorabilia, homemade jewelry, garden decorations and more.

With such a variety, the annual event has become an early shopping day for those who want to get a jump start for the holidays.

"I come to see what there is ... for Christmas shopping," Kari Massay of Lilburn said, who was shopping with her husband, Jeff. "We did well so far. We're not marking off the list, we are accumulating for our two young adult children."

Besides the artists market, there was a children's area set up with a complimentary "Make & Take" art pavilion, face painting, sand art, inflatables, pony rides and a wood-working table hosted by Home Depot. All of the kids that came through the area received a balloon and book, while supplies lasted. The books were collected through the LWC Education Program during the year.

"My kids are having fun," Ofelia Rocha of Lilburn said. "My daughter is with ROTC painting faces, my older son is playing soccer, me and my younger son are waiting for balloons. I don't know what they have, but I think the hat balloons are cute."

In keeping with the LWC's theme of "Community Concern," all proceeds from Lilburn Daze are used to help fund projects and other community improvement activities for the upcoming year.