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Hampton to hold spring festival Saturday

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

The City of Hampton is putting the final touches on its spring festival.

The Second Annual Yellow Pollen Street Festival is planned for Saturday from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m. The festivities will take place in the city's downtown area, and the main thoroughfare -- East Main Street -- will be blocked off, according to City Council Member Arley Lowe, one of the festival's organizers. There is no admission fee for the festival.

Lowe said he came up with the name for the festival last year. Initially, other organizers laughed at the name, but it eventually stuck, he said.

"We decided to give it a try, and everybody loved it," Lowe said. "That's what spring in Georgia is all about. We decided to call it that to celebrate spring."

The festival will include bungee jumping, children's inflatables, jugglers, a school chorus, arts and craft vendors and food vendors, lining East Main Street, he said.

There will be a car display, trackless train rides on James Street and Cherry Street, and a silent auction. Hourly door prizes will be awarded, and the LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be on hand from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., Lowe continued. A local beekeeper's club will present information on bees, and Montessori school students will demonstrate how bee pollinators operate, he said.

Don Franklin, the husband of Hampton Main Street Director Candy Franklin and a physics instructor at Gordon College, will do physics demonstrations. "It's fun and educational," Lowe said.

The event is a fund-raiser to benefit the Hampton Downtown Development Authority, and its facade grant program, Lowe added. "We're hoping to make at least $2,000," he said.

The event will be held rain or shine.

"Last year, most of the comments were that people enjoyed being downtown," Lowe said. "It's one of the events held here in the spring to get over the winter time."