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Gainesville square comes alive with Mule Camp Market
Annual fall festival set for this weekend with music, games, crafts and food
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Stephanie DeLong of DeLong's Designs hangs up a handmade purse for sale at last year's annual Mule Camp Market on the square in Gainesville.

Mule Camp Market Festival

What: Music, arts and crafts, mule rides, food, live entertainment

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: Downtown Gainesville square

More info: www.gainesvillejaycees.org

Gainesville’s most anticipated fall event, the Mule Camp Market Festival, returns this weekend with an expected 75,000 people visiting the downtown area.

Mule Camp features live music, arts and crafts, food and various other activities for the enjoyment of the whole family. Kids will enjoy a petting zoo and other fun activities.

And as usual, folks can get their fill of treats like barbecue and boiled peanuts.

Daytime entertainment will go on from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at various locations around the square.

There also will be a concert from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage featuring the Twisted Whiskey, River Street and Mid-life Crisis. This year the concert on the main stage is free.

While you are enjoying the funnel cake, stop to check out various civic groups.

Several area nonprofits will have their wares for sale and folks can make monetary donations as well.

Organized by the Gainesville Jaycees since 1993, the festival has become a regional fall festival, drawing large crowds to the city on the second weekend in October every year.

Mule Camp Market began several years back as a small farmers market. Eventually, it came to be known as the Corn Tassel Festival, welcoming local craft vendors, according to the Gainesville Jaycees’ website.

Around 1993, the Jaycees began organizing the event added the name Mule Creek Market, in honor of Gainesville’s previous name, Mule Creek Camp.

According to the Jaycees’ website, craft vendors from all parts of the U.S. and top quality country and bluegrass entertainment have turned the market into the single largest annual event hosted in Hall County each year.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 and continue through Oct. 14.