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Thousands enjoy Snellville Days festivities

Olivia Fox, 5, of Snellville, enjoys the kids zone, one of the many attractions at the 41st Snellville Days Festival held at Briscoe Park in Snellville on Saturday. (Photo: Robin Reuter)

Olivia Fox, 5, of Snellville, enjoys the kids zone, one of the many attractions at the 41st Snellville Days Festival held at Briscoe Park in Snellville on Saturday. (Photo: Robin Reuter)

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Woven Pines String Band, consisting of Zac Denton, Alan Thornton and Bill Brady, is one of the many local bands performing to the crowd during the Snellville Days Festival held at Briscoe Park on Saturday. (Photo: Robin Reuter)

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Keith King, of King BMX Stunt Show in Greenville, NC, performs Flatland stunts with his BMX bike for the crowd at the 41st Snellville Day Festival held at Briscoe Park on Saturday. (Photo: Robin Reuter)

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Malia Coleman, 6, of Loganville, plays with a balloon at the 41st Snellville Days Festival held at Briscoe Park on Saturday. (Photo: Robin Reuter)

Kim Jones loves to pull out her hook and crochet while her daughter plays soccer.

On Saturday, she was selling her handiwork just a few hundred yards from the fields where she creates them, taking part in Snellville Days.

“It’s got such a community feel to it,” Jones said of the annual festival, which helps kick off a spring season of events. “It’s like hanging out on our front porch and talking to our neighbors.”

Jones, a Snellville resident who taught herself to crochet because she needed a break from electronics before starting a business with her mother, was one of hundreds of vendors, volunteers, entertainers and patrons spending Saturday in the sun at Briscoe Park.

The festival, which is in its 41st year, is a tradition in Snellville, said Tom Ewing, the president of the Snellville Historical Society, who set up a booth to show old photos and talk about history.

From its beginnings as a fundraiser to develop the park, Snellville Days means a lot to the community where everybody is somebody.

“It’s an opportunity to get together and share some time together,” Ewing said.

“We have a blast every time we come,” said Monica Coleman, as family and friends danced to the sounds of a local band. “It’s just fun.”

Anne Marie Schleier remembers marching in the parade with the South Gwinnett band as a teenager, so she was sure to bring her 2-year-old daughter out to enjoy a good time.

After the girl got a horseback ride, she rested in her stroller while her mom shopped.

“I love it all, but I did not bring my credit card for a reason,” Schleier said, collecting a card from a vendor so she could find his wares online.

Nearby, Dave Putnam was at work, etching a saying into wood, while his wife Charlene sold his creations and hers, from wood etchings to embroidery.

“It’s been really fun,” said Dave, who began making creations for his kids before the pair decided to start their own business Southern Creations N More out of their hobbies.

The Newnan couple said they were enjoying their first Snellville Days, loving the opportunity to sell hand-made creations and meet with people.

“It’s been an enjoyable adventure so far,” Putnam said.

Lucy Brawley spent the day greeting people and inviting them to a service at Canaan Land Church International, one of several churches represented at the event.

“This is a perfect place to reach out to people of all nationalities,” she said of the community gathering. “People are open and friendly. … This is a blessing.”

The festival will continue from noon to 5 p.m. today.