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Vendors, visitors return for annual Mule Camp Market festival
Drivin’ N Cryin’ to perform Saturday
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Food of all kinds beckons visitors Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, to the annual Mule Camp Market in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

About eight years ago, Don Wade was trying to find a way to take care of his baby chickens.

He originally used glue when putting his bird feeder together, but it wouldn’t hold.

“I decided to do a little research and I did some research on drilling glass,” he said.

After a while, he went around the area and attending craft shows. 

“One thing led to another, and now I’ve got a business,” he said.

Don and Becky Wade run D and B Crafts, one of many vendors out and about Friday during the first day of Mule Camp Market.

Around 160 vendors are expected for the weekend festival, which will feature Drivin’ N Cryin’ as the headliner at the Saturday concert.

The Atlanta-based rock band is set to play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with opening acts starting at 6 p.m.

The bird feeders have a rustic, Southern feel, as some use Mason jars, pie plates and even a Maker’s Mark whiskey bottle.

“People use Mason jars for everything,” Wade said

Across from Wade’s booth was Bradbury Honey, of Flowery Branch. The Bradburys carry a variety including raw wildflower honey, which they claimed helps “building up your immune system against the onslaught of allergies that can be so debilitating during the growing season,” according to their website.

In the middle of the square, Ray McDonald operated the mechanical bull for anyone ready to test their mettle. All would tumble seconds after the bull started to rotate.

The vendors said the Friday traffic was a bit slower and hoped for it to pick up Saturday and early Sunday.

Drivin’ N Cryin’ will perform in Roosevelt Square, which is between Gainesville City Hall and the Brenau Downtown Center.

Mule Camp Market

What: Fall festival around Gainesville’s downtown square

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

12-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

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