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City celebrates Peachtree Corners Festival

Staff Photo: John Bohn Elise Wilson, 8, of Suwanee, spins a hoop at the Peachtree Corners Festival held Saturday in Peachtree Corners. Food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and musicians entertained festival attendees.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Elise Wilson, 8, of Suwanee, spins a hoop at the Peachtree Corners Festival held Saturday in Peachtree Corners. Food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and musicians entertained festival attendees.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn John and Kim Kruger, of Suwanee, walk their Great Pyrenees dogs, AJ and Daphane at the Peachtree Corners Festival, held Saturday in Peachtree Corners. Food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and musicians entertained festival attendees.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Addison Finke, 6, gets a bit of assistance from her father Sean Finke, of Hoschton, as they ring a strong man bell game at the Peachtree Corners Festival, held Saturday in Peachtree Corners. Food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and musicians entertained festival attendees.

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- A year after Peachtree Corners became a city on the map, Jeanne Aulbach stood in front of a booth for the government and handed out brand new city maps.

"It's such a big hit," the councilwoman said at the third annual Peachtree Corners Festival. "People are coming up and they are so excited."

The event was staged the first year to notify residents about an impending cityhood vote and a year ago celebrated the city's birth. This year, residents were taking in the sights at the expanded festival, which included a car show.

"It's a perfect day and a nice mix of vendors and activities," Kris Rainey said, carrying a bag emblazoned with the city logo. "It's great to see people out and about now that we are our own city."

Steve Hamlet, who opened Peachtree Growler Co. two weeks ago, said the festival has been great for promoting his new business, located at Spalding Drive and Peachtree Parkway.

When a city leader approached him about the idea, he bought a tent, borrowed a table and set up a raffle for the company's first "party pack," featuring appetizers and, of course, beer. He is also a sponsor of the festival.

"This is my way to help the community too," he said.

And while the adults shopped, checked out the cars or danced to the band, the kids enjoyed a play area with bouncy houses and a train.

The train ride was a favorite for 8-year-old Christie Peng, and she liked the tree man, a man on stilts dressed as, well, a tree. But he scared her 2-and-a-half-year-old brother Richard.

"It's like what we saw in Disney World," father Michael Peng said. "It's a lot of fun."

The festival continues from noon until 5 p.m. today at the intersection of The Corners Parkway and Woodhill Drive.