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Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!
Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!

SUWANEE, Ga. -- For the 30th time, the Suwanee community – and several thousand others – will gather to celebrate Suwanee Day. Part art festival, part music/entertainment festival, and partly a fun-for-all-ages event, Suwanee’s annual “celebration of community” will be held Saturday, September 21, at Town Center Park. The day’s festivities also include a parade, yummy festival food, inflatable rides, free Fastball concert, and fireworks.

“We like to say that Suwanee Day is the best one-day festival around,” says Events Manager Amy Doherty, noting that this year’s Suwanee Day is a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 event. “We pack an awful lot into 13 hours. Thanks to our generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers, each festival seems to get just a little bit better.”

This year’s festival will feature about 200 vendors, more than 100 of them offering a variety of fine art, arts and crafts, and jewelry.

This year’s Suwanee Day planning committee had to be more selective than ever as the festival received almost twice the number of exhibitor applications as there are spaces, says Doherty. “We really feel that the quality of craftsmanship and creativity are going to be better than ever,” she says. “The 2013 festival will offer a fabulous, eclectic array of everything handmade from soaps to signs and edibles to earrings. I can’t wait to shop myself!”

In addition, the City of Suwanee will officially celebrate the launch of its new logo at Suwanee Day with branded give-aways and t-shirts for purchase.

Suwanee Day festivities will begin as they always do – with a parade. The parade will start at 9 a.m., but participants will be marching this year to a different route. The parade will begin on Main Street at Stonecypher Road heading north to Suwanee Dam and then south on Buford Highway, passing in front of Town Center Park and ending at Chicago Avenue.

The Suwanee Day entertainment line-up includes creatures that slither and fly as well as sing and dance. Irish dancers and belly dancers, bands playing rhythm and blues and traditional island music will be among those performing on the main stage. Western

Trails and a Reptile Wagon will provide entertainment for the young-at-heart in the children’s area.

The day’s festivities will close with a free concert by Fastball, interactive dance performance, and fireworks display. Fastball will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. Formed in Austin, Texas, Fastball skyrocketed up the Billboard music charts in 1998 with its second album, All the Pain Money Can Buy. The album went platinum in just six months, and hits included “The Way,” “Out of My Head,” and “Fire Escape.” The Grammy-nominated alternative rock band released its latest single, “Love Comes in Waves,” earlier this year.

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