The city of Gray celebrates its 10th annual Daylily Festival this weekend with a few new events and plenty of entertainment for visitors of all ages.
The festival starts Friday with a competitive 5K run at 7 p.m. followed by live music, including FreeLance Ruckus, a DJ and Zumba.
Most of our vendors come Friday, too. We have a little bit of everything, and of course we have lots of daylilies to sell, said Jennifer Baggarly, Gray Station Better Hometown manager. There will be some growing in pots, and we also have one vendor who sells bare root daylilies that she can only sell every five years.
The Georgia Farm Bureau will have a milking cow at the festival Friday evening for kids to try dairy farming.
The festival opens Saturday at 9 a.m. with more entertainment, food and activities for kids. Registration for the car show will be from 9 a.m.-noon, with judging and an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
Kids will enjoy a bungee trampoline, face painting, henna tattoos, pony rides and a trackless train. Wet and dry inflatables will be set up, with a wristband available for $10 for multiple turns.
Weve added a mobile climate-controlled video game trailer this year. Twenty-six people can play games like Xbox and PlayStation; its a 4-D experience, Baggarly said, adding that sessions will be $5 for 20 minutes.
Parents can get some playtime with a corn hole tournament thats been added this year.
Musical entertainment will include the Fresh Heat Band, Macon Nite Life, Little George and Last Call, Terry Wiggins, Snow in Sunlight, Second to Silver, Voice of Truth and 3rd Verse.
Arts and crafts vendors will include childrens clothing and wooden toys such as pop guns and bows and arrows, garden tools and jewelry. Food vendors will include honey and boiled peanuts as well as traditional festival fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cake and turkey legs.
My personal favorite is called the Coral Reef; they have coconut shrimp and rice bowls, all in a really neat setup, Baggarly said. And one vendor sells souvenir metal cups of sweet tea that stay really, really cold.
More information on the festival and registration for the race, car show and corn hole tournament are available at www.gsbht.com/daylilyfestival.htm.
When: 5-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pecan orchard adjacent to Gray Elementary School, 273 Railroad St., Gray
Cost: $1 donation
Phone: (478) 986-5199