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Gray’s Daylily Festival to feature live music, games and – of course – flowers

Gray’s annual Daylily Festival is back this weekend for the 12th year, and festival organizer Hayley Watson is calling it the “best one yet.”

“It’s looking to be the best one yet, too. We currently have 86 vendors who are planning to turn out on Saturday to sell a variety of daylilies, as well as some other plants, and arts and crafts vendors selling things like handmade jewelry, quilts, jams and jellies and more,” said Watson, executive director for Main Street Gray.

The $1 entry fee is used by Main Street Gray to promote the city and events, and also for small grants for businesses and streetscapes projects such as benches and flowers.

“We also use it to help fund other fun events,” Watson said. “Last year, we had nearly 3,500 visitors and we have more vendors this year and hope to have a bigger event.”

The Daylily Festival kickoff happens from 6-10 p.m. Friday in front of the Knox Civic Center, 161 W. Clinton St., with Kaleigh Courson and Dixon Road performing.

“This is a free family-friendly event. Lawn chairs, coolers and picnics welcome. It will be a lot of fun,” she said.

The festival itself happens from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Pecan Orchard, 273 Railroad St.

“At 9:30 a.m., we encourage children 10 and younger to come out and walk in the Children’s Parade with “Lily” and the gang. There will be fun costumes and kids and parents can have a good time together. This will end with story time and cookies and drinks. The cookies actually have been decorated like lilies and are really cute,” Watson said. “There will be a huge section of children’s activities running all day including rock walls, train rides, bungee jumping and inflatables and water slides. This is definitely an event the kids won’t want to miss!”

Live entertainment Saturday includes Kaliegh Courson from noon-1:30 p.m., Lil George from 2-3:30 p.m. and Still Cruisin from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

“It’s going to be a really fun lineup,” Watson added.

There will be a Singing Talent Show from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday morning, as well as chainsaw carvings happening all day.

“If you’re feeling like games, we also will have a horseshoe tournament that starts at 10:30 a.m. called the Moore Horseshoe Tournament. It’s $5 per player and all proceeds benefit the Future Farmers of America in Gray. At 1 p.m., we will have a Cornhole Tournament. There is a $20 per team fee and all proceeds will benefit the 4H program in Gray,” Watson said. “This is a good way to have fun and give back to the future of our town.”

When: 6-10 p.m. June 5, Knox Civic Center, 161 W. Clinton St., Gray; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. June 6, Pecan Orchard, 273 Railroad St., Gray

Cost: $1

Information: www.mainstreetgray.org; 478-954-0247