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Weekend brings three more festivals to area

The season has officially changed to fall and the festivals to celebrate the cooler months are really kicking into high gear. This weekend, enjoy the crisp air with pumpkins, arts and crafts, and a parade around Gwinnett.

On Saturday, the Grayson Arts and History Center is hosting its inaugural Old Fashioned Fall Fair and Open House to teach attendees about the southeastern Gwinnett County town, which was once named Trip. The educational event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day will feature windchimes, handmade pillows, bird houses, crochet items, Christmas decor, jewelry and hand-painted windows, plus homemade baked goods for sale.

During the festival, copies of "From Trip to Grayson," an historical cookbook will be on sale.

The Grayson Arts and History Center is located at 2070 Rosebud Road in Grayson. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.cityofgrayson.com.

Across the county, the Duluth Fall Festival will be in full-swing on Saturday (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with a little something for everyone.

The event always begins on Saturday with the grand parade, which marches at 10 a.m. down North Peachtree Street to Duluth Highway, turns onto Buford Highway and ends at the intersection at Main Street. Afterward, people can look through vendor booths, eat fried food, ride a carnival attraction or watch live entertainment.

The event continues Sunday morning with a 5K road race through downtown Duluth and continuous activities throughout the rest of the afternoon, including Worship on the Green, a worship service led by a local church.

Admission is free. For more information and a complete list of the daily schedules, visit www.duluthfallfestival.com.

If you're looking for the "Great Pumpkin" or the perfect jack-o'-lantern for your front porch, Stone Mountain Park has you covered. Starting today, the 10th Pumpkin Festival returns to the park with everything embracing Halloween's favorite orange gourd.

Every Friday through Saturday, families can participate in scavenger hunts, pie eating contests, storytelling time and a costume party complete with lessons on how to master the Pumpkin Mash dance.

For some of the activities, families need to be signed up in advance to play. Sign ups are available on the day of your visit.

The admission into the park is $28 for adults, $22 for children and $10 to park. This attraction ends Oct. 28. For more information about activities and entertainment, visit festivals.stonemountainpark.com.