the Friendship Festival
Social Circle holds 14th annual event
The Social Circle Better Hometown program kicks off the 14th Annual Friendship Festival this weekend in downtown Social Circle with a food, floats and plenty of hometown fun.
This year’s festivities promise to be bigger and better than ever — with more than 100 arts and crafts vendors featuring a wide variety of handmade wares such as woodworking, purses, jewelry and metal work as well as several food vendors, said Lindsey Wood, director of the Social Circle Better Hometown pro- gram.
A highlight of the festival is the parade through the downtown area starting at 10 a.m. featuring family floats and a pet walk. Anyone can enter a float and prizes will be awarded for categories such as wackiest float, best designed float, and so on.
People can also bring their pets on leashes dressed in costumes for the much-loved pet walk portion of the parade.
To join the parade, participants are asked to meet at the Social Circle Elementary School at 9 a.m. for the line up.
After the parade until 5 p.m., there’ll be a wide variety of activities and entertainment.
Opening ceremonies with Mayor Jim Burgess and the Social Circle Theater cast will be at 10:45 a.m. Joanie Fitzgerald will sing the national anthem.
A Kid’s Corner is sure to keep the little ones occupied, with face painting, bubble machines, a magician and a build-a-bear machine.
A new feature at this year’s festival is the “End Zone,” an area that might be of particular interest to the contingent that’s not so interested in shopping, or for anyone looking to put their feet up for a spell.
“It’s for the men to be able to get away from their mothers and significant others to relax,” Wood said.
Along with recliners and big screen television sets, there will also be PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 set up for games and entertainment.
Bands such as The Archmen, the Alcovy River Band, Dave Fink, Jim Jones and Patricia Joiner will provide live music throughout the day.
The Social Circle Theater will perform individual acts at noon, and Mark the Magic Man will bring his act to the stage at 3:30 p.m.
After the festival, local performer Cindy Sawyers will provide a free concert with the Heart and Soul band, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wood, who helped run the Sweetwater Festival in Milledgeville before coming to the Better Hometown program in December, said she hopes for as big or a bigger turnout than last year’s festival, which saw about 5,000 attendees.