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Hometown heroes to start Mountain Laurel Festival
55th annual event takes place May 20 in Clarkesville
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55th Mountain Laurel Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20;
Where: Clarkesville square and Pitts Park
Cost: Free
More info: www.clarkesvillega.com

Hometown Heroes will march through Clarkesville to launch the 55th annual Mountain Laurel Festival on Saturday, May 20.

Known as one of longest running arts and crafts festival in Georgia, the family-friendly event will begin with a

parade at 10 a.m.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Mountain Laurel Festival will feature fine art and craft vendors in and around the square. They will include original and handmade art and craft items such as pottery, woodwork, jewelry, clothing and accessories, needlework, photography, painting, sketches, basketweaving, floral arrangements, wreaths, metal work, candles, glass work, pet items and leather goods. Adults also may tour the Historic Mauldin House, Millinery Shop and Big Holly Cabin or listen to live entertainment throughout the day on the square.

Children will be entertained with plenty of activities such as rock climbing walls, hamster wheels and inflatables. And an outdoor food court will feed the expected crowds.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a duck race will take place at Pitts Park in Soque River. All activities will end at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.clarkesvillega.com.

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