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Olde Town Fall Festival draws thousands

From left, 3-year-old Malikia Homes, Leonna Goolsby, 5, and Zackary Goolsby, 5, all of Conyers, enjoy the excitement of sitting in a firetruck at the 33rd Annual Olde Town Fall Festival on Saturday weekend. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

From left, 3-year-old Malikia Homes, Leonna Goolsby, 5, and Zackary Goolsby, 5, all of Conyers, enjoy the excitement of sitting in a firetruck at the 33rd Annual Olde Town Fall Festival on Saturday weekend. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

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Despite the chilly temperature, the Olde Town Fall Festival was a huge draw, bringing in an estimated 4,500 visitors to visit and shop among the 120 arts and crafts, food and other vendors. (Special photo: Jim Brack)

CONYERS — Despite cold temperatures, the streets of Olde Town Conyers were heating up Saturday for the 33rd annual Olde Town Fall Festival.

“We had a fabulous turnout,” said Jennifer Edwards, director of public relations and tourism with the city of Conyers. “I think people were a little slow coming out in the morning due to the chill in the air, but as the day wore on, people came and stayed.”

Edwards said the city estimates that the Fall Festival drew between 4,500 and 5,000 people who shopped and perused 120 booths set up by arts and crafts, food, business and nonprofit vendors.

“Most of the vendors said they had a really good day. It was a picture-perfect fall day and people came out and enjoyed it,” she said.

The Fall Festival was from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and featured crafts, food, live music and children’s activities along Commercial and Center streets in Olde Town. Edwards said even as the festival time drew to a close, many vendors were still attracting crowds to their booths.

“That’s the first time in recent memory that vendors were still selling at the end of the day and not ready to break down,” she said.

After the Fall Festival wrapped up, the public was invited to participate in “Zombie Walk 2013 Olde Town.” People dressed as zombies gathered around 6 p.m. at the Olde Town Pavilion and walked from Beasley’s Drug Company down Center and Railroad streets and up Commercial Street. Edwards Middle School students then led the crowd in a reenactment of the Michael Jackson video, “Thriller.”

The Zombie Walk wrapped up with a fashion show and costume contest inside the Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts black box theater, where a showing of George Romero’s 1978 horror classic, “Dawn of the Dead,” was held.

“It was a great day and a good thing to see a partnership among so many community organizations come together in such a positive way,” Edwards said.