Saturday, September 7, 2013


A Family Gathering In Georgia

By Doc Lawrence

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA-It’s named after a flower that can only be found here on and around the giant monolith just outside Atlanta. The Yellow Daisy Festival is in full swing at Georgia’s magnificent Stone Mountain Park. Blessed with near perfect weather, the parking lots were jammed, but with well-trained and courteous staff to help move things along, access was easy. And with so many displays, live music, good food and places to sit and rest, there was no need to hurry.

The Yellow Daisy Festival has been around for many years and it’s one of those that continue to grow and get better. In comparison, so many festivals including the plethora of wine and food events have lost star power with many becoming lame copycats. One stand-alone advantage with the Yellow Daisy Festival is the park itself. One of the cleanest, most orderly anywhere, security is in place, traffic controlled, litter is non-existent and the people are well behaved.

This is a gathering where you take the kids.

Along with the festival schedule-which includes a performance by the world-renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band-there’s the lake for fishing, hiking paths galore and the challenge of climbing mighty Stone Mountain to watch the sunset, see the Atlanta skyline or reach up and touch heaven.

Despite its growth from a small arts and crafts show to the four-day event that it has become today, the Yellow Daisy Festival continues to be a big show with a small-town feel. The mission of re-connecting families and friends with fun, shopping, live entertainment and good food has remained constant over the past forty-three years.

More than 400 artists and crafters from 38 States and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Daily live entertainment, Children's Corner activities, and crafter demonstrations throughout the event as well as fabulous festival foods

Voted one of the top three arts and crafts shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and winner of multiple awards by the Southeast Festival and Events Association, the festival continues through Sunday September 8.


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