Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Full weekend ahead for Milton and Alpharetta Oct. 5.

September 30, 2013 by Madison Thorburn-Gundlach;

NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Milton and Alpharetta are both in for a busy weekend on Oct. 5-6. The near future holds the 8th annual Scarecrow Harvest, the Alpharetta Brew Moon Festival, Crabapple Fest and the annual Hembree Farm Flea Fling.

The Scarecrow Harvest will show off scarecrow creations submitted by elementary school classrooms on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Alpharetta City Hall at 2 South Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking will be available at City Hall, the Milton Center and the Old Roswell Street parking lot. Assorted activities and opportunities such as hay rides and face painting will be provided at the Scarecrow Harvest for free as well.

Crabapple Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in historic downtown Crabapple on the same day. The festival combines the Milton Roundup and the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival into one big destination festival.

"We expect more than 10,000 attendees in historic downtown Crabapple during the festival. This year will be unlike any other, however, because we're closing both Broadwell and Crabapple roads so crowds can safely roam the streets and enjoy not only the festival, but Crabapple's many fine businesses," said Milton Special Events Director Angela Thompson.

Antiques and art from hundreds of vendors, a music and entertainment stage with local and touring acts and rides and activities for the children will be featured. Beer and wine will also be available for the first time in the festival grounds. Free parking is available at Milton High School, Northwestern Middle School, Crabapple Crossing Elementary School and Crabapple Baptist Church. Three shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist with transportation from parking to the fun.

The third annual Alpharetta Brew Moon Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 5 as well from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in historic downtown Alpharetta around Milton Avenue. Listen to live music and buy brew, wine and food from some of Alpharetta's restaurants as the city comes together for one big street party.

Last but not least of the local festivals, the Roswell Historical Society will present the annual Hembree Farm Flea Fling at historic Hembree Farm. Gently used books, household goods, jewelry, sports, lawn and garden, furniture, toys, antiques and more have been collected and contributed. Free parking will be available on the grounds located at 775 Hembree Road in Roswell. All proceeds support the restoration of the 1835 Hembree Farm historic site.

For those looking to make a mini road trip out of the weekend, Stone Mountain will be kicking off its annual Pumpkin Festival, featuring a variety of pumpkin-themed games and events. If you're torn between staying in town or going to Stone Mountain, don't fret: the Pumpkin Festival will be happening every weekend at Stone Mountain Park until Oct. 28. Closer to home, in Cumming at the Cumming Fairgrounds is the Country Fair and Festival, which will have all the expected festival fare, plus a parade, bull riding and even a chainsaw carving performance.

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