Clermont celebrated its 15th annual Clermont Days Festival on Saturday, and people from north Georgia gathered for the activities throughout the day.
The festival began with the Clermont Cupcake Challenge 1K and 5K road races and ended with an evening fireworks display.
Numerous vendors featured festival food favorites and arts and crafts. Community vendors engaged with the people they serve, as the festival had something for the entire family.
Throughout the day, live music was played by artists chosen for the event. Town council member Kristi Crumpton said all council members were particular during the selection process for vendors, artists and entertainment to guarantee plenty of variety for visitors.
“We’re really focusing on handcrafted items, we really want to feature people’s talents and draw an awareness to that and an appreciation for things that you can’t just go to the mall and get,” Crumpton said.
The town council worked with the city, the Lions Club, the North Hall FAA and many local organizations and businesses to make the festival a success. Planning for next year usually starting the day after the festival.
“It’s a great way to build that community,” Crumpton said. “We all just work together.”
Annual favorites like the parade and tractor show are scattered between cake walks, book sales and face painting sessions.
Having attended the festival every year since 2007, Michelle Wiley of Gainesville remembers buying her first house in downtown Clermont when the festival was the place to be.
“I think a lot of people outside of Clermont don’t really know about it,” Wiley said. “It’s just something we’ve always done and enjoyed and I think people should definitely check it out.”
Having watched the parade, she and her group made their way to the children’s area, the first stop for 5-year-olds Lexi and Emma being the bungee-jumping station.
“There’s a tight-knit community here in Clermont. (The festival is) fun, it’s a great family event; a time to get together and celebrate fall, and see people,” Wiley said.
With several targets set up, anyone with a few dollars could try their archery skills at the booth hosted by the Hall County 4-H Traditional Archery Club.
As Tabitha Weaver and her family from Murrayville made their way to the tractors, her 5-year-old son Zachary saw the archery booth and they had to stop.
“I think (the Clermont Days Festival is) great,” Weaver said.
When she asked Zachary if he enjoyed shooting the bow and arrows, he nodded vigorously with a big smile on his face.