The annual event, billed as the South’s largest outdoor arts and crafts show, will run Sept. 6 through 9 at the park’s special events meadow.
Organizers expect it to hit its customary estimated attendance mark of 200,000 throughout the course of the four days.
The festival has become a tradition for multi-generational shoppers in search of unique works of art, said Jeanine Jones, Stone Mountain Park spokesperson.
“It’s a pilgrimage in a way for them to come together,” Jones said. “They plan all year for it. A lot of them come wearing something adorned with a yellow daisy … and they come in packs.”
The event is consistently voted one of the nation’s top arts and crafts shows by Sunshine Artist magazine.
Familiar faces there will not just belong to shoppers. Between 70 and 80 percent of the artists in the juried festival — who hail from around the U.S. — have become annual staples themselves, Jones said.
“It’s a very unique kind of person that thrives in the crafts business,” she said. “We hope that they do well at the Yellow Daisy Festival … for most of them, this represents their livelihood.” Organizers are breaking from tradition this year, tabbing two featured artists instead of one.
Decatur-based ingénue Rosa McMurtray — along with Mississippi’s Mamie Herron the other — has been honored with that distinction.
“I’ve lived in Atlanta on and off for 17 years and the Yellow Daisy festival has always been one of my favorite arts festivals — the variety of art and crafts is great,” said McMurtray.
The event honor marks the latest chapter in a banner year for the Spain native, known for textured paintings she characterizes as “colorful, intriguing and fun.”
“This has being a great year for me,” McMurtray said. “I’ve had several interviews for magazines, one of my paintings was selected for the Buckhead Festival and now the famous Yellow Daisy. Fantastic!”
The 2012 celebration will feature a “beefed up” live entertainment lineup. Although women roughly comprise 85 percent of the crowds there, a lot of men also tend to pop up. Organizers have tailored the amenities accordingly.
“It’s football season and we don’t want them to miss anything on Saturday and Sunday, so there will be large screen TVs and recliners available,” said Jones. “It’s the best of both worlds.”