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Posted: September 29, 2010 12:30 a.m.

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The Friendship Festival

You can make a lot of friends in Social Circle this weekend.

About 4,000 visitors are expected in the city on Saturday for its 16th annual Friendship Festival.

The free event will be held downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature food vendors, entertainment, a kids’ zone and performers on two stages, according to Mike Miller of Social Circle Better Hometown.

A parade will be held at 10 a.m., with grand marshals this year drawn from the Social Circle City Schools: Superintendent Bettye Ray and teachers of the year, Julie Benkoski and Marty Burns.

There are about 60 vendors expected, including seven food vendors. Arts and crafts exhibitors include potter David Morgan, jewelry crafters, and photography.

Performances will be featured from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Performers include members of the Social Circle Theater staging excerpts from its upcoming production, Stories From The Well; the Brian Hoover Band, The Archmen, a performance troupe from Razzle Dazzle, a local arts school; the Mars Hill Youth Choir, the Adrian Sawyer Family from Corinth Missionary Baptist Church; Matt Daniel’s band performing pop and rock; gospel music with Gayle and Shelby Smith; vocalist Lisa Pearson; 13-year-old singer Kaylee Rouarke; bluegrass and gospel with the Joey Hancock Family and country singer Jordan Rager. There also will be a demonstration of Aikido karate.

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