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Fall fun roars into South Hall towns

Gear up for Santa Car Show in Oakwood, festival in Flowery Branch

POSTED: October 4, 2012 12:30 a.m.

It wouldn’t be fall without a few festivals, and this weekend there are plenty.

Santa will be making an early stop in Oakwood again this year for the Secret Santa Car Show on Oct. 6. This is the third year of the event, an effort to provide children in the city with a brighter Christmas.

Participants and spectators are invited to the festival at Hayes Chrysler in Oakwood.

The Secret Santa Car Show is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the event will be used in a “Secret Santa” program for children of Oakwood.

In years past, more than 150 cars were registered, and event planners are hoping to have more sign up this year.

Awards will be up for grabs by car show participants and will include best in show, best paint, ladies choice and others.

In addition to the cars on display, participants can check out motorcycles, electric go-carts and rock crawlers.

The festivities will also include live music by The Martin Adams Band, featuring The Legacy Boys. Also this year is an artists’ row featuring local crafters.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at noon to visit with the crowd and help collect donations. Family activities are scheduled to keep the kids entertained throughout the day.

Car registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with judging at noon. There is a minimum $20 donation for participants who want to put their rides on display. The first 100 cars registered receive a dash plaque and goodie bags.

Oakwood city employees will be grilling hot dogs, with other food available. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, contact Tony Tankersley at 770-536-4985 or visit the website, www.secretsantacarshow.com.

And don’t let the fun stop there. Oakwood is just a hop and a skip from Flowery Branch where the Flowery Branch Fall Festival will be in full swing Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., local Boy Scout Troop No. 228 and The Springs Church will be offering hot dogs, barbecue pork sandwiches, chips, drinks, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating and face painting.

The family event is free to attend and full of fun activities like cake walks, bounce houses and games as well as arts and crafts. Rain or shine, the event will be held in the downtown area.

For more information on the Flowery Branch Fall Festival, visit www.troop228.info or www.thespringschurch.org.


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