Last round of Gwinnett fall festivals


Staff Photo: John Bohn . Drum Major Don Bogue, center, of Stone Mountain, leads the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA during the opening ceremonies of the Stone Mountain Highland Games at Stone Mountain Park Saturday. The Atholl Highlanders are based in Stone Mountain and played as part of a mass band performance with other pipes and drums bands. .

This Saturday is jam packed with fall festivals. No matter which corner of Gwinnett you live in, there is something going on in your backyard -- or at least a short drive away.

Autumn Heritage Festival

The city of Loganville brings back its fourth annual Autumn Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Loganville.

The event is a celebration of the city's past, present and future with arts and craft, live music and local entertainment throughout the day.

This year's exhibitors include Ginger Stephens, The Angel's Halo Hairbows, Chandler Metal Art, Holy Cross Angelican Church Women and Ken Chase Concessions.

Admission is free. The festival is on the City Hall lawn at 4385 Pecan St. in Loganville. For more information, visit www.autumnheritagefestival.com.

Snellville Fall Festival

To the west of Loganville, Snellville is also gearing up for its third annual fall festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Snellville Towne Green. It's at the intersection of Oak Road and Main Street.

The day will be filled with contests ranging from kids' costumes to the best scarecrow to pie and cake tasting.

For the kiddies, there are rides, games and puppet shows. For adults, there are arts and crafts vendors selling holiday gifts and dancing in the street with the Celtic Dance Company.

Admission is free. For more information, visit snellvillepride.com.

Sugar Hill Fall Festival

Across the county, the city of Sugar Hill presents its 12th annual fall festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Robinson Park.

At 10 a.m., a community parade takes the streets starting at Church Street, then it enters the Buice Center Parking Lot and ends at the park. The rest of the day will have a car show, petting zoo, chili cook-off, live entertainment and vendors selling wares.

Those who bring a full bag of canned food will receive a free ride or game pass.

Admission is free. E.E. Robinson Park is located at 850 Level Creek Road in Sugar Hill. For more information, visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.

Stone Mountain Highland Games

For another year, Stone Mountain Park is playing host for the Highland Games from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

During the two-day Scottish celebration, attendees can watch athletic, Highland dancing, pipe band, harp and drumming competitions, just to name a few.

Other activities include Celtic music performances on three stages, children's games, and a falconry and sheepdog herding demonstration (on Sunday only).

Tickets range from $6 to $17 for admission. For more information, visit www.smhg.org.