A big crowd turned out today on a picture-perfect fall Georgia Saturday to enjoy the Oconee County Fall Festival in downtown Watkinsville.
Vendors numbering 250 stretched from Main Street to beyond Thrasher Drive, with the heaviest concentration in Rocket Field opposite the old school gym.
Children could pet farm animals and ride ponies. Adults could adopt dogs and cats at the booth of Oconee County Animal Control.
With temperatures in the mid 70s, the crowed, expected to reach nearly 30,000, enjoyed strolling through what the Chamber of Commerce called a premier arts and crafts festival.
The heart of the city was clogged, and visitors could walk from remote parking sites or catch a ride on a wagon pulled by a variety of tractors.
The Oconee Farmers Market, in operation each Saturday in front of the courthouse, extended its hours from the usual 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the closing of the festival. The festival booths opened at 9 a.m.
The Chamber stopped taking applications for booths when the number reached 250.
The festival started in 1974, but the Chamber billed this as the 40th anniversary of the event.