Wednesday, September 7, 2011



By Doc Lawrence

STONE MOUNTAIN PARK, GA-Many claim that this particular yellow daisy is not only indigenous to this giant solid granite mountain but can be found nowhere else on earth. With that kind of advantage and exclusiveness, a festival was inevitable.
This weekend marks the 43rd edition of the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park, the largest outdoor arts and crafts show in the South held September 8 – 11. An end of summer chance to enjoy food, music, outdoor fun and shopping.

Featuring an army of artists, the Yellow Daisy Festival is consistently voted one of the nation’s top arts and crafts shows and remains unchallenged as one of America’s favorite and best attended park events.

The Yellow Daisy Festival features 425 crafters and artists from across the U.S. The artists are selected from a pool of applicants by the Yellow Daisy Jury to display their distinctive hand-made work in categories such as pottery, fabric, painting, jewelry, sculpture, dolls, photography, fine arts and crafts and traditional arts and crafts.

“One of the best things about the Yellow Daisy Festival is seeing the same shoppers year after year,” said Wendy Thomas, Stone Mountain Park Special Events Manager. “Generations of women come in groups to spend the day shopping and socializing; it is a unique aspect of this event.”

The annual celebration attracts an estimated 200,000 guests to the four-day event.

In remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, select Yellow Daisy Festival crafters are donating a piece of their artwork to be sold in a “We Remember” display. All proceeds from these sales will go to HeroBox, (, a non-profit organization that supports deployed American service members.

Climb the mountain; watch the flights at the International airport, marvel at Atlanta’s skyline and gaze at the Blue Ride Mountains. At night, count the falling stars. For fine dining, it’s a short distance to the elegant Marriott Evergreen Conference Resort.

I’ll be there, walking, interviewing, photographing and buying creations that will brighten the walls of my nearby home. I hope to meet many of you.

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