Homegrown music filled the air as the Lemon Bee Festival returned for the sixth year to Olde Town Conyers on Saturday. Adults and children from the surrounding counties showed up for music, fun and games.
Organizer Matthew Wilcox said the festival, which featured exclusively Rockdale bands and musical artists, has grown from its humble beginnings.
“It all started as my birthday party," said Wilcox, "and it's grown larger each year.” He hopes Lemon Bee will resonate with the current generation and blossom into “The Festival” for the young, music oriented generation, someday becoming as big or even bigger than the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Wilcox, a Rockdale resident, said “This celebration is a day about peace and music a time to come out and leave the stress behind."
It’s also about the community. Adults and children from surrounding counties came out for the day-long musical experience, concessions and specialty booths along with several grills serving barbecue. Couches were also provided to sit on and relax while enjoying the entertainment. There were activities for the younger crowd as well, the festival is designed for all ages. Kids games' and a kiddie pool, water cannons, frisbees and hula hoops were among the day's activities for party goers.
Tickets for the Lemon Bee were $10 and $2 from each sale will be donated to the Kimberly Chance Atkins Foundation for preventing breast cancer, honoring Kimberly Chance Atkins, who died in 1999 at the age of 32 after a battle with breast cancer.
“I’m very pleased with the turnout and support from Rockdale and surrounding communities this year. Now It’s time to focus on what’s up next for 2013," Wilcox said.