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Fairy festival brings magic to local children

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

COVINGTON -- Fairies will once again come out to play at the annual Fairy House Festival at Chimney Park, scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

Children can use their imaginations to enter a magical land, where they can marvel at fairy houses and wander through the fairy tunnel, dance around the maypole, enjoy story time and make friends at the petting zoo. There will also be crafts, music and refreshments.

Fairy houses made from natural materials will be on display, and this year, a gnome home has been added.

"Gnomes are very popular now, so we've introduced gnomes this year," said Fairy Festival Chair Linda Shore, adding the diminutive little creatures will be scattered throughout the property.

Children will also be able to write their wishes and tie them to tree branches.

"The whole forest will be full of children's wishes," said Shore.

Children are encouraged to dress up as fairies and other mythical creatures and adults can get in on the fun, too. Fairy wings will be available on site for kids to decorate.

"Adults like (the festival) as much as kids do. It really brings out the child in you, no matter how old you are," Shore said.

The admission fee is $3. In the case of rain, the event will be postponed until May 14. Chimney Park is located behind Newton County Library at 7116 Floyd St. Friends of Newton Parks Inc. is hosting the event.

The nonprofit organization continues to raise funds and awareness about the 12-acre wooded area, which it hopes to turn into a passive play area for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The park will be built around the chimney remnants of a mansion that burned to the ground.