A potential future firefighter tests out the drivers seat in this historic engine displayed at the Olde Town Fall Festival in 2012. (Special Photo)
The streets of Conyers’ historic district will come alive Oct. 26 when the 33rd annual Olde Fall Festival brings crafts, food, live music and children’s activities to Commercial and Center streets.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is expected to draw thousands and features over 100 vendors and two stages of continuous entertaintment.
Festivalgoers can knock out some of their Christmas shopping by purchasing items such as handcrafted olive wood nativity scenes at Touch of Bethlehem, handmade pottery at Meacham Pottery, a pet gift set at BZ Pet Delights, bird feeders at D&B Crafts, knitted hats and scarves at Wolf’s Crafts, primitive dolls at Enchanted Hollow Primitives and handmade wreaths by Melissa Zachary.
Other items for sale include doll clothes at Handmade by Bethany, wooden guns, bows and arrows and slingshots at Murphy wood crafts, handmade wooden crucifixes at the booth of Bill and Sydena Evans natural soaps at Petals and Treats, stained glass suncatchers at JoAnn Merritt’s booth, handmade canes at JL’s Canes By Design and handmade jewelry sets from Chrissandra’s Boutique.
Kids will enjoy face painting, sand art projects, a motorized train ride around the festival and puppet shows.
A variety of food will also be available from African dishes to Asian cuisine to Southern cooking.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the display of the Dinky locomotive steam engine, which is located next to the railroad track in Olde Town, the Rockdale County Historical Society will have a booth selling T-shirts imprinted with a picture of the Dinky. There will also be train piggy banks and whistle key chains for kids.
The locomotive 104 Rogers steam engine, made between 1880 and 1900, is one of three remaining in the world and it operated in the Atlanta area and in Conyers until its retirement in 1962.
The historical society will also be giving tours of the Old Jail Museum on Milstead Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. during the festival.
Charlotte Jones, vice-president of the Rockdale County Historical Society, said this year is the first time in the last several years that the society has had a booth at the festival.
“We are really looking forward to it,” Jones said.
For more information about the festival, visit www.conyersmainstreet.com.