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Fairies invited to Chimney Park festival

Barbara Morgan shows off some of the photos taken at Chimney Park. Every year the Friends of Newton Parks hosts two events. The Fairy House Festival encourages adults and children to dress up as fairies, build fairy houses and enjoy other crafts at the park. This year’s event will take place from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 3. (Special photos)

Barbara Morgan shows off some of the photos taken at Chimney Park. Every year the Friends of Newton Parks hosts two events. The Fairy House Festival encourages adults and children to dress up as fairies, build fairy houses and enjoy other crafts at the park. This year’s event will take place from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 3. (Special photos)

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Fairy House Festival-goers Erik Oliver and his son, Lucas, enjoyed the outdoor festivities at Chimney Park.

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Little fairies gather around to hear a story at the annual Fairy House Festival at Chimney Park.

COVINGTON – Friends of Newton Parks is calling all fairies to Chimney Park to enjoy music, storytelling, crafts and food at the annual Fairy House Festival.

After rainy weather ruined last year’s event, Linda Shore plans to return the fun, family event to the park from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 3 with a make-up day on May 4 if inclement weather arrives.

“There are a lot of reasons why many love the Chimney Park Fairy House Festival,” she said. “It gets you out of the house, away from computers and televisions and into the woods. A child’s imagination and creativity are set free by seeing branches, leaves and berries become miniature houses with doors, ladders and swings. And it’s as much fun for adults as it is for children.”

The event features a village of handmade fairy houses and those who attend are encouraged to put on their wings and bring their own fairy houses.

Shore said participants can also use the natural materials found at the park on the day of the event. Chimney Park has received some new improvements including a brick and stone fire pit, paved pathways and a concrete porch, which was once part of the house that stood there until the 1980s.

More improvements to the park are on the way. Leadership Newton County picked Chimney Park as the site of the class’s annual graduation project. Friends of Newton Parks board member Scott Fuss said the class is building a permanent Gnome home meant to spur creative play and imagination.

Admission for the Fairy House Festival is $5 per person and free for children under 2 years old.

Volunteers are still needed to work various craft tables and serve refreshments. To volunteer, contact Linda Shore at linjshore@gmail.com or call 404-408-9366.

Friends of Newton Parks Inc., was incorporated as a nonprofit and won authority from the Newton County Board of Commissioners to develop Chimney Park. Its 16-member board sponsors two popular community events annually: Twilights at Chimney Park and the Fairy House Festival.