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Posted: September 30, 2009 12:01 a.m.

The Friendship Festival celebrates 15 years

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Plenty to see and do: Vendors sell all sorts of homemade goods, including wood carvings, jewelry, food and more.

The Social Circle Friendship Festival, sponsored by the Social Circle Better Hometown program, is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Saturday.

The Friendship Festival encourages everyone to come out to downtown Social Circle on Saturday morning for the festivities, which include vendors selling all sorts of homemade items, tasty foods cooked in front of you and live music on two different stages.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. with a parade through downtown Social Circle. It will conclude with a welcome from the mayor in front of the old Town Hall, and Social Circle ROTC cadets will kick off the ceremony with the raising of the American flag.

Jenny Mitcalf from the Better Hometown Promotions Committee said that more than 50 vendors would be present at the event and would be selling all manner of items.

"We’ve got children’s clothing, birdhouses, jewelry, handmade craft items and more," Mitcalf said.

She said there will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and airbrush tattoos.

For when the day wears on and shoppers become hungry, there will be more food available than one can shake a turkey leg on a stick at.

"There will be barbecue vendors, roasted corn, cotton candy, turkey legs and desserts," Mitcalf said. "We’ll also have funnel cakes, chicken tenders, smoothies, boiled peanuts, corn dogs, chili cheese fries, onion rings, Italian ice and New York style hot dogs."

Live music will also be playing throughout the day from two stages. The Social Circle Theatre Group will be performing songs from an upcoming play, and The Alcovy River band will also be performing. Other bands are also lined up to perform.

The festival will continue until the vendors all pack up to leave, City Manager Doug White said. The festival usually ends between 4 -5 p.m.

The festival promises to be a fun getaway after the heavy rains of the previous weekends.

"We’re hoping for good weather," White said. "We’re expecting cool weather and sunshine."

Vendors will be located on both sides of Hightower Trail and Cherokee Street in the main downtown area, and the parking spots on the street will be cordoned off to allow pedestrians more room to stroll. Parking will be available on the local side streets, at the Methodist Church and in the elementary school parking lot.

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