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Lula celebrates its crafty ways at annual festival
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Laura Nelson looks at baseball and football cards with her 10-year-old son Sean at Tony Strange’s booth Saturday at Lula’s fall festival downtown. Strange is an independent salesman who has a variety of collectable items including cards and Hot Wheels cars. - photo by Erin O. Smith

This year’s theme for Lula’s fall festival was “Arts, Crafts and Pottery,” and most vendors had one of those aspects to offer.

The Lula Belton Historical Society set up an area where volunteers could help paint a portrait of a train for free. There were also two face painting booths and numerous artists selling their works, including pottery.

Katie Grimes came out to the festival with her 2-year-old daughter, Gabby.

“We are having a great time at the festival,” Grimes said.

Gabby had insisted on riding Wayne’s Train, which was offering rides to festivalgoers.

“She said she has to ride it,” said Grimes of Loganville, who drove about an hour to visit the festival.

McKenzie Andrews and Staci Garrison didn’t have to drive far at all. Both women live in Lula and were attending their hometown festival.

Jaemor Farms also was on hand selling fall produce like pumpkins, apples, okra, beans, tomatoes and various pastries and bakery items.

“They are all homegrown,” said Lilly Lord, who has worked for the farm since age 12. She and her husband Jesse Lord were selling goods at a festival for the first time.

The festival had a lineup of bands playing at the downtown area’s amphitheater. Some performers included Titus Moss & Heaven’s Rhythm, Stanley Pierce and 11-year-old Mackenzee McDougald.

The festival also had plenty of food options, ranging from authentic Filipino lumpia to a tasting of what At The Tracks restaurant has to offer.

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