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Fall Family Festival in Johns Creek combines with farmers market, Touch-a-Truck
by Nicole Dow
August 14, 2013 12:19 PM | 1375 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Committee members prepare for the Fall Family Festival at Newtown Park.
Committee members prepare for the Fall Family Festival at Newtown Park.
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Thousands are expected to come to Newtown Park on Sept. 7 for the annual Johns Creek Fall Family Festival.

The final farmers market for the year and the public works department’s Touch-a-Truck event will also be held at the park the same day.

“Having [Touch-a-Truck] in the park this year [with the festival], I’m sure we’re going to have some record-hitting attendance,” said Sunnie McWalters, recreation coordinator for the city of Johns Creek. “It is definitely going to be awesome.”

The festival was originally started in 2000 — before Johns Creek became a city — as Newtown Recreation’s celebratory kick-off of the fall sports season, said director Brandon Allen.

McWalters said the festival still serves as a fundraiser for Newtown Recreation. Though it is free to attend, games, special activities and food come at a cost.

The money raised will go towards park improvements and new equipment for the kids, Allen said. Youth baseball, tee ball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, tennis and a girls’ running group use the park throughout the year.

“We want everybody to just have a good time and see Newtown Park,” Allen said. “I’m not sure everybody knows what great things not only the park has itself like our dog park and our nice facilities, but what we offer as far as our sports.”

He said the event is also an opportunity for local businesses, which register as vendors, to get their name and products in front of thousands of potential customers.

McWalters expects about 50 vendors will be at the event, in addition to the 25 to 30 regular farmers market vendors. Interested vendors can register for the event at www.johnscreekga.gov.

The festival will also include music, food, contests, a petting zoo, face painting, a rock climbing wall, a bounce house, a bungee run, carnival games, a giant slide and more. McWalters said the event fosters a sense of community, where residents can come together in a fun atmosphere.

The public work department’s Touch-a-Truck event was originally scheduled for earlier this year, but got rescheduled due to weather, she said.

Touch-a-Truck allows children an up-close view of public safety vehicles and equipment used for park renovations and city construction projects. The event also includes games, activities and demonstrations by public works professionals.

If you go
 What: Johns Creek Fall Family Festival and Touch-a-Truck
 Where: Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek
 When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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