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Festival visitors paint the town in Lula
Annual fall event welcomes North Georgia artisans
Helping children like Aleigha Sorrows, 8, of Buford, Mark Lusink of the Lula Belton Historical Society manned the painting station at the second annual Lula Fall Festival on Saturday at the Lula Train Depot. - photo by ELISE PERKINS

Ten-year-old Austin Turner and 8-year-old Aleigha Sorrows, both of Buford, used stepladders to reach the top corners as they helped paint one of two panels to be completed during the second annual Lula Fall Festival on Saturday.

“I like it,” said Turner. They both agreed not only was it their favorite part of the festival but it was the only festival they’ve been to that let them paint like that outside of school.

Children and adults were invited to pick up a paintbrush and help complete the two panels named “Pottery in Lula,” to be hung somewhere around Lula after they are completed.

Chris Lusink, president of the Lula Belton Historical Society, was thankful for all the vendors who came out on such a blustery day.

“I think it’s going well considering the weather. All of our vendors are here and I think they’re doing a great job,” Lusink said, adding that it may not have been what they were anticipating but there was still a steady flow of people.

The festival’s pottery theme was chosen based on the amount of artists in the surrounding area.

“Most of the potters in this area are in a 25-mile radius of Lula, so we have a lot of potters,” Lusink said.

Mark Lusink of the Lula Belton Historical Society spent Saturday manning the mural painting area.

“We’re trying to differentiate ourselves from other festivals by sponsoring pottery and artisans,” he said.

At the Yonah Candle booth run by Becky Hill, of Cleveland, Sarah Belton and her 3-year-old daughter purchased one of the all-natural soy based candles.

“We were heading to town to run errands and we saw it,” Belton said. “Of course she always wants to stop when she sees something going on.”

Rusty and Angel Cribbs steered their children past the activities first so they could see what the vendors had to offer, but loved the atmosphere as walked around for the first time.

“I like to get involved in the community,” Rusty said. “It’s a good area, they have trains, and you can do activities with the kids.”

Scot Evans and Jordan Schenck were trying to get their business, Feathers and Antlers Outdoors, out there for people. Evans crafting wooden duck calls on site.

“We like doing the smalltown local stuff, that’s who we like to sell to,” Evans said.

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