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Posted: May 2, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Fairy House Festival to return

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An example of one of the houses made at the annual Fairy House Festival, returning to Chimney Park Saturday.

Friends of Newton Parks is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Fairy House Festival at Chimney Park from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 4.

The park is located behind the Newton County Library at 7116 Floyd Street in Covington.

In the past, hundreds have always made an appearance for this enchanting experience in the park.

According to Fairy Festival chair Linda Shore of FONP, there will be several new exciting elements added to the event, along with the storytelling, crafts, games and other entertainment that children and families have been enjoying each spring since the festival began. There will be students from the Atlanta Irish Music School performing three sets of live music throughout the afternoon.

"Dancing is encouraged," said Shore.

Gufo the Owl will hang above the festivities alongside his fairy and gnome friends.

"Owls represent the concept of conservation which is part of the inspiration embodied in the development of Chimney Park as an urban woodland for exploration and quiet enjoyment," Shore said.

Attendees can plan on a visit to the new Fairy House Village where handmade fairy homes will line a trail for exploration, as if fairies and their friends chose Chimney Park as a place of permanent residency.

"Chimney Park exudes a magical aura where one might conjure up visions of fairies and gnomes," Shore said.

There will be a supply of all natural materials to make fairy homes and other creations at the festival.

In addition, individuals, schools, businesses and organizations are invited to make their own fairy houses, fairy shops, play areas and gardens to bring with them to the park on the morning of May 4.

The day will be full of events like storytelling by Carol Fulton, crafts for both boys and girls, visits to the Gnome Home, a toss game with prizes for participants, fairy wing decorating, rock painting, making fairy dust, and much more.

Costumes are always encouraged for those who attend, whether young or old, according to Shore.

This year, a company called "FairyWare" will be on site to dress festival goers in fanciful attire and invite them to pose for photographs.

Admission is $5 per person and children ages 2 and younger are free. Refreshments are included.

All proceeds will be used to support the development of Chimney Park, including paths to make the urban woodland accessible to special needs children and adults.

For more information, visit chimney-park.com or contact Linda Shore at linjshore@gmail.com.

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