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Flowery Branch celebrating fall with fun festival
Boy Scouts host annual event in citys downtown
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2014 Flowery Branch Fall Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4

Where: Historic Downtown Flowery Branch

Cost: Free

More info: www.troop228.info

 

The crisp feel of fall in the air can mean only one thing: The 2014 Flowery Branch Fall Festival is near.

Hosted annually by Boy Scout Troop 228, the Oct. 4 festival features a variety of booths, food vendors and kid activities taking up the streets of downtown Flowery Branch.

“We’ve done this forever up here,” said Scott Jackson with Troop 228. “We do one in the spring and one in the fall. You’ve got local folks (who) have crafts. We’ve got somebody (who) makes jelly. There’s an apiary guy (who) comes from Flowery Branch (who) has honey. There’s also local businesses and local restaurants there advertising and doing their thing.”

Festival proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 228 of Flowery Branch; funds offset participation costs and provide for some of the larger troop projects.

“We do a lot of financial help to the boys whose families can’t afford to do some things,” Jackson said. “We sponsor a lot of boys through our fundraising. Both the fall and the spring festival is what drive this troop.

“We don’t ask for a lot of things. We get a lot of really cool things for our boys in the troop. We built a Scout Hut through these funds and over the years it’s been a great facility. It really is a great thing to kind of give back to some boys.”

A variety activities allows visitors to participate.

“We’ve got clowns and we’ve got face painting and bouncy houses for the kids,” Jackson said. “And we do old-school stuff like cake walks.”

The downtown Flowery Branch business owners will have their doors open for customers, too.

“We’ve got a lot of folks now with stores,” Jackson said. “We had a lot of empty stores a couple of years ago that are now filled up, and that’s awesome.”

Held rain or shine, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 with free parking and admission.

“People are rolling through there all day long,” Jackson said. “It’s just a full day of fun and fair food.”

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