Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stone Mountain Park Prepares to Host the South’s Largest Outdoor Arts & Crafts Show, Yellow Daisy Festival

Four Days of Nonstop Shopping Set for Sept. 9 – 12

Dates & Times: Sept. 9, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sept. 10, 10a.m.– 6 p.m.
Sept. 11, 10 a.m. –7:30 p.m.; Sept. 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Special Events Meadow at Stone Mountain Park
Price: Free; Vehicle entry into the park is $10 for one-day permit

Celebrating 42 years of arts and crafts, Stone Mountain Park’s Yellow Daisy Festival, is at the top in its game. The festival has grown to become one of the nation’s most prestigious venues for crafters and has been consistently voted one of the country’s top arts and crafts shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine’s Annual “200 Best” survey. This year’s show will be held September 9, 10, 11 and 12 at Stone Mountain Park’s Special Events Meadow.

The Yellow Daisy Festival includes 425 crafters and artists from across the U.S. These top artisans display their hand-made work, in categories such as pottery, fabric, painting, jewelry, sculpture, dolls, photography, fine arts & crafts and traditional arts & crafts.

The annual celebration draws an estimated 200,000 shopping enthusiasts out to the four day event. The event draws multi-generational shoppers from daughters, mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers as a family pilgrimage to shop for the hot craft item of the year. The event has also become a haven for girlfriend getaways. Packs of girlfriends show up ready to shop the crafter-lined wooded trails donned in the same color or identical shirts, so they can be easily spotted amongst the sea of shoppers.

“I am always surprised at the passion of the Yellow Daisy shoppers arriving as early as 8 am, even though the event doesn’t open until 10 am” said Wendy Thomas, special events manager for Stone Mountain Park. “Our crafters tell us this is the first event that they see shoppers purchasing for Christmas.”

In addition to the unique arts and crafts, the festival offers free entertainment and an assortment of festival foods to meet a variety of tastes. The Children’s Corner will provide crafts, entertainment, face painting and Fair Hair (a fun and funky hairdo vendor). The Men’s Den is a great venue for the gentlemen coming to the event that don’t want to miss the big game. The Men’s Den is outfitted with recliners and big screen TVs showing fall football.

Marian Baker was chosen as the 2010 Yellow Daisy Festival featured artist. Her original design “Daisy Chick” is featured on the festival’s promotional items. These items are for sale only during the festival. Baker, a contemporary folk artist from Oneonta, Ala., recycles everyday materials such as game boards and cigar boxes to use as her canvas. Each original piece is painted with oil pastels, acrylics and charcoal pencil on top of adhered vintage paper. Baker then begins a process where the piece is then painted, stamped, distressed and sealed with layers of wax. “Ninety-five percent of my materials are recycled” said Baker. “I find new value in discarded items.”

Shoppers can stop by the Humana tent, the festival’s presenting sponsor, for free giveaways and be entered for a chance to win a Stone Mountain Park Annual Pass Package good for four (4) Mountain Memberships.

Stone Mountain Park is listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See …” Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy. 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit 8 on Hwy. 78. More information on Stone Mountain Park attractions including hours of operation, is available at or at 770-498-5690. 
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