Monday, August 11, 2008

Stone Mountain Park Celebrates Forty Years of The Yellow Daisy Festival

Stone Mountain Park celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Yellow Daisy Festival Sept. 4-7. Thousands of shoppers, young and young at heart, are invited to experience 500 crafters from all over the United States and their works of art. The Yellow Daisy Festival is a former winner of the “Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events” and was named “The Nation’s #1 Arts & Crafts Show” five years in a row by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The four-day festival is free with $10 vehicle entry into the park.

The Yellow Daisy Festival hosts a number of unique artists including eighteen year-old Dylan Scott Pierce, a watercolorist from Douglasville, Ga. and the youngest artist participating in the festival. Other artists include Hurricane Katrina survivors Jeanine Nahra, a scratch artist from Gretna, La. and Dan Fineman, a woodworker from Diberville, Miss.

“Over the past forty years, the Yellow Daisy Festival has featured an extraordinary collection of artists from all types of backgrounds, “ said Jeanine Battle, special events manager for Stone Mountain Park. “These artists have influenced the hearts and minds of an estimated eight million shoppers which includes multiple generations of grandmothers, mothers and daughters.”

Additionally, the festival offers entertainment, an assortment of festival foods, a Men’s Den and a Children’s Corner. New this year, the festival is promoting environmental awareness by providing free reusable shopping bags made of biodegradable materials. Plus, recycling bins will be strategically placed through-out the festival grounds.

Shoppers can stop by the Burt’s Bee’s tent, a festival sponsor, to learn about their organic products and receive free massages and samples. Other sponsor displays include 104.7 The FISH, GMC, National Pork Council, Kroger and Comcast.

Tips for the Inexperienced (and Professional)
Yellow Daisy Shopper

The many shopping, food and entertainment options can be overwhelming to any shopper, whether a long time attendee or brand new to the festival. To minimize anxiety, tips on the best way to delight in the Yellow Daisy Festival are provided.

1. Gather your shopping posse. Whether it is your mother, grandmother, daughter or best friends you will want to make sure you experience the Yellow Daisy Festival with your best pals.

2. Prepare for your Yellow Daisy Festival shopping weekend by checking the weather forecast, and then choosing appropriate clothing. Clothing that is light and comfortable along with walking shoes will suffice.

3. Prepare a bag with essentials that you will need through-out the weekend. This bag should include: cash, credit card, check-book, sunscreen, lip gloss, compact and cell phone. Shoppers are welcome to bring their own shopping bags for purchases, or they can pick up a free biodegradable one at the Yellow Daisy Festival merchandise shop.

4. Plan your shopping route. With an estimated 200,000 shoppers over the four day festival, it is easy to miss artist booths. Blackberry Lane is the suggested beginning; a map can be found at

5. Arrive thirty minutes before the festival gates open. Hours are 10a.m.- 6p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 10a.m.- 7:30p.m.on Saturday.

6. Visit the featured artist, Vikki Mancil Weigel, at booth A35. Vikki is a self-taught artist and is recognized for her brilliant color palette and childlike spirit.

7. Send your husband, brother or father to the Men’s Den where they can relax in recliners while watching fall football games on a big screen TV.

8. Send your kids to the Children’s Corner where they can participate in crafts, rock walls, face painting and crazy hair.

9. Take a break from shopping and indulge in the fried candy bars, roasted corn and fresh cut fruit located at the many vendors. While on your break, enjoy the live bands providing entertainment at the Yellow Daisy Main stage.

10. End your weekend by taking inventory of all your purchases and plan next year’s Yellow Daisy Festival trip.

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