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Mule Camp Market vendors heat up the square downtown
Festival runs through Sunday
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Lloyd Hendricks, owner of Mountain Park Forge, shows off his craftsmanship to onlookers Friday at Mule Camp in downtown Gainesville. Hendricks has been doing blacksmith work for more than 20 years. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Mule Camp Market

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Gainesville

Cost: Free

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Mule Camp Market 5K

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Gainesville

Cost: $35

More info: 770-297-9622 or

Breaking out from his day job, Lloyd Hendricks forged a new passion in a bygone profession.

Dressed in overalls on the downtown Gainesville square, Hendricks fashions some old horseshoes to make new napkin holders.

Hendricks is the owner of Mountain Park Forge, one of the dozens of vendors throughout the downtown square for Mule Camp Market this weekend. The fall festival runs from Friday through Sunday.

Before retiring, Hendricks worked making electronics. The hobby started 25 years ago as the Roswell man searched for a creative outlet away from a department of 35 people.

“After five days of them, I had to get rid of some tension, some frustration,” he said. “This was my out.”

Kids and their parents gawked at Hendricks as he hammered away at his creations, which range from the fist-sized napkin holders to 10-piece railings.

The blacksmith said the steel has to get up to 1,850 degrees to make it malleable for Hendricks to bend and twist.

“If it gets too cold and you hit it the wrong way, you run the risk of cracking it,” he said.

The festival marks Hendricks’ 21st appearance at the Mule Camp Market.

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