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This year’s festival theme, ‘Celebrating 185 years of Friendship’ Annual Friendship Festival preparations near complete for event

Festival | Over 128 vendors already signed up for event

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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:00 am

Social Circle’s annual Friendship Festival is back and members of the Social Circle Friendship Festival committee are hard at work to put the final touches on the big event.

This is the 23rd year the festival has been held and as the city’s biggest festival of the year — according to city officials — the city will host around 5,000 guests on the day of the event.

The festival is being held Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the downtown area and will feature a variety of vendors, children’s activities and fellowship with others.

So far, over 128 vendors have signed up to be a part of the festival.

From LulaRoe clothing to DoTerra essential oils and everything in between, visitors to the festival will have plenty to choose from and can begin their Christmas shopping early if so desired.

“This festival is already bigger than last year’s as we have already exceeded the number of vendors for this year,” Velinda Hardy, main street director said. “We hope to create a fun event to bring people to the downtown area and raise money for the city’s Main Street Commission.”

The Friendship Festival will have numerous vendors, arts and crafts, a quilt raffle and a chance to register and win a variety of prizes.

The day will feature a variety of entertainment with the schedule as follows:

• 11 a.m.: Welcome and National Anthem by the Walton Proud Choir.

• 11:30 a.m.: Kids in Step

• Noon: Chloe Pannell

•1 p.m.: Vintage Vixens

According to Nathan Boyd, a member of the festival committee, there will also be cash prize winners for first, second and third-place with the best-decorated floats in the day’s parade.

The committee is still looking for volunteers to help with the day’s event.

“If there are any students or civic groups who need volunteer hours, we would love to have them come out and help with the festival,” Hardy said. “We’re looking for people to help direct traffic, keep an eye on certain areas of the festival and help with other miscellaneous tasks.”

Those who are interested in volunteering should contact Hardy at 770-464-1866.

Social Circle’s downtown events offer the opportunity to see what the city has to offer, to celebrate the small-town feel amongst friends and learn what in the past occurred to set the city up for the successes it sees today.

Also, see socialcirclega.com for upcoming added events not yet scheduled.

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