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Fall sunshine bathes good family day at Flowery Branch festival
Proceeds from annual event benefit Boy Scout Troop
Cheyenne Fowler, 2, picks out her favorite nail polish color at the Paparazzi Jewelry booth during Saturday’s Fall Festival in Flowery Branch. - photo by Carly Sharec

Standing on the porch of the Flowery Branch Historic Train Depot, Michelle Harkins surveyed the crowd.

“It’s an awesome day,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier. There are a lot of people who have come out today, and we’ve got a lot of new vendors this time.

“It’s just really a good family day today.”

Harkins was one of the main organizers behind Saturday’s Flowery Branch Fall Festival, sponsored annually by Boy Scout Troop 228 and the city of Flowery Branch. Proceeds benefit the troop with funds helping offset participation costs for some of the boys.

Though windy at times, the crisp fall day brought people out to the downtown area, with both Railroad Avenue and Main Street packed with vendors and spectators.

“We are loving it,” said Lisa Johnson, who was at the event with her niece, Ellie Mumpower. “She has done some sand art ... We’re having a wonderful day.”

The packed downtown was also a boon to the vendors.

“It’s going very well,” Courtney Barrett of Crafty Cuzzins said. “Getting everything set up and all the cool stuff here. ... It’s great. It’s very busy.”

Along with helping some Troop 228 members out with participation costs, funds raised may also go to some of the troop’s larger projects.

“We built a Scout Hut through these funds and over the years it’s been a great facility,” Scott Jackson with the troop said prior to the event. “It really is a great thing to kind of give back to some boys.”

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