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Braselton to host antiques and artisans event April 22-24
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Donna Cannella is ready to get signs out for the Braselton Antique & Artisan Show, the largest spring show in the festival’s 13-year history. - photo by LeAnne Akin

Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival
When: 2-7 p.m. Friday, April 22; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24
Where: Downtown Braselton
Cost: Free
More info: www.countrysideantiques.net

The Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival has rebranded itself to better reflect its offerings.

Dealers from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida and all around Georgia will attend the event April 22-24 in downtown Braselton. The free festival will be from 2-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Handicapped parking is available at Henry and Harrison streets. Other parking is available on Henry Street in the Braselton Gym parking lot and the former location of West Jackson Primary School as well as Braselton Town Hall and the Braselton Police & Courtroom Facility. A Flea Antique will provide a pedestrian connection to the park.

It will be the biggest spring show in the festival’s 13-year history, Countryside Antiques owner Donna Cannella said.

She is coordinating the event with her wife, Peggy Kriegel.

“Peggy and I hand-selected the vendors after making trips to festivals, events and venues around Marietta, Ellijay, Blue Ridge and beyond,” Cannella said.

She noted donning festival T-shirts and handing out information about it has helped to build the festival’s participation and attendance. In 2008, more than 30 vendors participated. Now, it’s at nearly 150.

“When I asked Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees how big I could grow the festival, she asked how big I could grow it,” Cannella said. “It’s taken off from there. This is Peggy’s fourth show helping me and I couldn’t do it without her and her creative ideas.”

It was Kriegel’s idea to place signage near the Interstate 85 exits after learning some of the newcomers to the festival had been headed to the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain. The signs helped bring new attendees to the show.

“We’ll have half antiques and half artisan works this year,” Cannella said.

Pottery, folk art, textiles, jewelry and glassware will also be among the vendor offerings.

“We’ll have a lot of repeat vendors as well as new ones with repurposing very popular and showing how innovative and funky repurposed items can be,” Cannella said.

Vendors will showcase architectural pieces, ironworks, statuary and handcrafted items. Five plant nurseries will shine the springtime spotlight on the area by creating a more beautiful outdoor living space. Annuals and perennials, shrubs, trees and unusual plants will be available.

This year’s festival is also involving more local businesses, including some special sales during the festival.

A dozen food trucks will be on hand, providing burgers, crab and turkey sliders, jambalaya, ice cream, coffee and sno-cones to name a few. Jack’s will serve beer and spirits adjacent to the community center.

A kids’ section will include a bungee, monster water balls, karate fun and carnival games.

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