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Fair on the Square draws hundreds

Staff Photo: John Bohn Gerri Whye, left, assists customer Betty Rumph, right of Lawarenceville at the Fair in the Square in Historic Downtown Lawrenceville on Saturday afternoon. At left is Journey Whye, 7. Rain storms dampened the event.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Gerri Whye, left, assists customer Betty Rumph, right of Lawarenceville at the Fair in the Square in Historic Downtown Lawrenceville on Saturday afternoon. At left is Journey Whye, 7. Rain storms dampened the event.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Hundreds arrived Saturday for the fourth annual Fair on the Square festival in downtown Lawrenceville.

Sponsored by the Lawrenceville Business Community, the event featured arts and crafts, music, food and prize drawings.

It was a good day for the event, said Courtney Young of Gwinnett County.

"We brought the kids, and we made a day of it," Young said. "The rain looks like it's going to cut it a little short, but it was a nice morning anyway."

Shane King and wife, Yolanda, said they've been to every event since its inaugural date four years ago.

"It's close to home, it's fun and the kids love it," King said. "It's just a good, small town fair. They've got everything you'd want here ... cotton candy, corn dogs, fried pies, arts and crafts."

Patricia Reilly said it was the festival fare that brought her out.

"I let myself eat junk food once a year and once a year only," Reilly said. "My favorite is the ribbon fries ... with sour cream, cheese and scallions. It's hard to beat."

Money raised during Saturday's Fair on the Square went to the Central Gwinnett Cluster Foundation, an organization that aims to provide financial support to teachers and schools.

Formed in 2010 to offset "considerable reductions from government funding in education," the foundation supports 10 schools within the Gwinnett County Public Schools District.

For more information, visit www.centralgwinnettclusterfoundation.org.