I wrote earlier this week about what to know before you go to the Yellow Daisy Festival. Now that I’ve wandered the grounds of Stone Mountain Park myself, I have a few things to add before the festival closes this evening.
Want to see more? Here are even more photos from the festival.
Weathervanes are big this year: Maybe people have always wanted to see the direction of the wind atop their homes? Perhaps it’s an extension of the urban chicken-raising phenom? I don’t know, but everyone seemed to be hauling one out of there.
Hand-made stuff is cooler: Unlike some craft shows I’ve seen, almost everything for sale at Yellow Daisy seemed to be home-made, stitched, dyed, welded, baked, cut, tied and painted — and the person who did it was usually sitting right there. It’s cooler than most of what you’ll buy at the store.
You need not worry about children being bored: I saw so very many children pulling their parents in the direction of shiny objects that have no rightful interest to a child. (Ooh, mommy, garden scupture!) Of course, there were plenty of toys, puppets and accessories specifically for children as well. My favorite way to keep the kiddos busy was the Fair Hair station in the children’s area. It’s a fund-raiser for a dance studio in Flowery Branch.
Weekend crowds are not the crazier crowds: They’re big crowds, but the truly intense craft shoppers have come and gone already. Sunday, the final day for Yellow Daisy, may have a wholly different tone than Saturday, but it seemed steadily busy and mostly chill.
If you want to stroll and see everything, it’ll take a couple hours: At a relatively focused clip, it took three for me to make it out with a few decent photos and conversations, including time to walk too and from the car. (You can catch a shuttle to the parking lots, if the distance or weight of your purchases is just killing you.)
$2 cake: Seriously, $2 home-baked goods for sale toward the front, no line. I noshed on some citrus cake on my way back to the car.
Kids love bubbles: Who am I kidding? ME, TOO. But the pack of children following the Bubbleman was entranced. It ranged in age from toddler to tween. Hours of entertainment.
Want to go? The Yellow Daisy Festival continues 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 13. The festival is free — parking is $10 for one day, or $35 for an annual pass. Stone Mountain Park Special Events Meadow, U.S. 78 East, Exit 8. 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com.