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Area alive with autumn events Saturday

Photo by Nate McCullough

Photo by Nate McCullough

CONYERS -- Saturday will be one of the busiest days of the year for the community as festivals and other seasonal events are in full swing.

One could have a Saturday planned out like Vickie Stephenson, executive director of Project ReNeWal. At 8 a.m., she will be at the annual Race Against Violence 5K run and fun walk, followed by the Olde Town Conyers Fall Festival to oversee a scarecrow contest and then to a motorcycle ride in Loganville. All will benefit the tri-county shelter for victims of domestic violence.

"If you can see my office right now, it looks like a warehouse," she said. "And next week, we have our annual golf tournament, so it's been very hectic but worth it because it all benefits the shelter."

Same day registration will be available for the Race Against Violence for $20. All proceeds benefit Project ReNeWal and the Rockdale County Task Force Against Family Violence.

The 30th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival is the longest-running festival in Conyers and Rockdale County and offers fall fun with more than 90 arts and crafts vendors, food, children's activities and local entertainment.

The festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Commercial and Railroad streets in Olde Town Conyers. Admission is free.

The local Young Life organization will hold the "John Miles Chevrolet, Buick, GMC presents the Young Life Car and Cycle Show," from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Salem Square shopping center, located at the corner of Salem and Old Salem Roads.

They will have professionally judged categories including car awards sponsored by Rodfathers and cycle awards sponsored by Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson. Car and cycle entrants can pay $20 online or $25 the day of the show.

For a doggone good time, head to the Courthouse Square in Covington on Saturday. The annual Mutt Show sponsored by the Newton County Humane Society is taking place that day, with registration to begin at 9 a.m. and judging at 10 a.m.

The tongue-in-cheek competition includes the following categories: Most Beautiful; Most Handsome; Best Trick; Best Dressed; Owner/Dog Look-A-Like; Best Kisser; and Most Obedient. Ribbons will be given for first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. Proof of rabies inoculation is required and dogs must be at least 6 months old to enter.

Following the Mutt Show, at 11:30 a.m. on the Square, the Humane Society and Covington First United Methodist Church will hold a "Blessing of the Animals" service.

Also in Covington, residents can bring their antiques for expert evaluation at the Church Street Antique Market Appraisal Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1115 Church St., S.E.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Classic Family Film Festival will present "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on the Courthouse Square in Covington.