If You Go
• What: Snellville Days
• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
• Where: Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Parkway, Snellville
• Cost: Free
• For more information: Visit www.snellvilleday...>
SNELLVILLE -- Lordy, lordy, look who's 40.
This weekend, the city of Snellville is getting ready for an over-the-hill party. Its annual Snellville Days Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates four decades.
This year's parade theme is "Happy 40th birthday, Snellville Days remembers our past, honoring our present and celebrating our future." The Saturday parade starts at 10 a.m. with grand marshal Louis Williams of the Atlanta Hawks leading the crowd from the K-Mart parking lot on Wisteria Drive to North Road to Oak Road. The parade ends in front of Snellville City Hall.
Some of the past grand marshals include "American Idol" star and Snellville resident Diana DeGarmo in 2005, David Greene, University of Georgia quarterback in 2003 and country music star Charlie Daniels in 1988.
During the two-day festival, there is live music and entertainment throughout its entirety. On the entertainment stage, Wildlife Wendy and Her Tropical Birds (with up-close looks at macaws, parrots and an African Turaco) and King BMX Bike Stunt Show (25- to 30-minute show with flatland and ramp stunts) are performing, plus a safety zone re-enactment.
For the other live performances, the variety runs the gamut. There is everything from Latino with Alma Mexicana Mexican Dance to music by Jordan Rager Band, Ashley Nicole and Blackfoot Daisy Band to a taste of East meets West with Cornerstone Martial Arts.
For those with the shopping bug, there are more than 150 craft, food, sponsor and civic vendors to be scattered about the park.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary, a Christmas ornament will be sold during the festival for $10.