Lovejoy’s Fall Fest set for Saturday

Food, games, music and vendors are just a few of the things Lovejoy residents, and those from surrounding communities, will be able to enjoy this Saturday, said Lovejoy’s City Manager Sebastian Jackson.

The city will host its fourth annual, free “Fall Fest” on Sept. 10, from 1 to 9 p.m., at the Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road. The event will be located in the parking lot between the Mayor’s Park and the Community Center, Jackson said.

This is Lovejoy’s largest event of the year, he added. “This is just for the community; something to give back to the community,” he said.

Lovejoy resident, Sylvia Pearman-Pullen, said she has never missed a Fall Fest event since it began in 2007. She keeps coming back every year because of the family atmosphere, and she enjoys meeting new people.

“It was really entertaining,” she said of last year’s event. “People from different parts of the state came. Some people came all the way from DeKalb County ... to hear the music.”

City Manager Jackson said performers will include: Anthony David, a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter; Mike Delaney, a Blues, Funk and Soul artist; and 4-IZE, a rapper, all of whom reside in Atlanta.

He said the city introduces new artists to the stage every year, to provide musicians an opportunity to showcase their talent.

This year, the event is also highlighting children’s acts, he said, such as Lovejoy Middle School’s Dancin’ Divas, and returning act, Ivan Kelley, also known as “Lil Man.” Kelley’s performance was a real crowd pleaser, and he will do an encore performance, according to Jackson.

There will also be a children’s area equipped with inflatables, and a clown will provide face painting. A variety of vendors will sell items such as handbags and jewelry, and participants will be able to purchase food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, pork skins, funnel cakes and pizza.

People should expect to spend from $3 to $6 on items, Jackson said. “If you come out there with $40 in your pocket, you are going to [feel] full,” he said, referring to food purchases.

He said the city is not accepting anymore vendors for the event, but those interested can hold a spot for next year by contacting the City of Lovejoy.

Jackson said the city expects between 3,000 and 5,000 people to attend Saturday’s festivities. The event was created because there was a need in the community for a fun, family activity, he said. “It really came from the community asking for it.”

He added, however, that alcohol and pets will not be allowed at the event.

For more information, contact the City of Lovejoy at (770) 471-2304.