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Cherry Blossom Festival features food, music

Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Heather Williams of Conyers checks out one of the many face flower pots at the 'Ceramics By Cheryl' booth at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday afternoon. 'Ceramics By Cheryl' offer whimsical ceramics pieces that are made in Temple.

Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Heather Williams of Conyers checks out one of the many face flower pots at the 'Ceramics By Cheryl' booth at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday afternoon. 'Ceramics By Cheryl' offer whimsical ceramics pieces that are made in Temple.

CONYERS -- Spring has definitely sprung in Rockdale County as an extravaganza of food, performances, music and vendor booths drew families to enjoy this year's Cherry Blossom Festival.

Clear skies, cool breezes and plenty of sunshine prevailed Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park and brought event goers out in droves.

"The whole troop is out," Christina Corcorran said, while pushing a stroller and gesturing to other family members.

They were nibbling on chocolate fudge, pickles and boiled peanuts. The family had just watched a kids show and planned to move to the bouncy houses and had a list of other stops on the festival grounds they wanted to make.

Corcorran, a teacher at Salem High School and a Cherry Blossom Festival first-timer, said she heard about the event from one of her students. And it looked like the first-timer would be back next year.

"It's fantastic. I love it," Corcorran said of the festival. "It's kind of like the Yellow Daisy festival in Stone Mountain, (but) it's not so crowded. It's not so chaotic. And it's better laid out."

Besides the wafts of chili fries, funnel cakes and other festival food, event goers also had a lineup of various international performances to enjoy.

Tanner Martin, 3, just did not seem to want to look away from the performance of the Atlanta Puppet Show with Peter Hart around midday Saturday.

The youngster watched the marionettes with a big smile on his face from an adult's shoulders and clapped after the show.

Derrick Hodges of Lilburn watched a Japanese dance performance mid-day Saturday. Hodges said the various food at the festival was the main highlight for him, but enjoyed the performance.

"It looks culturally accurate," Hodges said.

Festival fun with performances, music and more than 200 vendor booths will continue today starting at 10 a.m. and will wrap up at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5.