Thousands braved the cool, windy weather this weekend for the two-day biannual Jonquil Festival, named for Smyrna’s signature yellow flower, which has become a mainstay in the city.
Boasting a 20-year history, the festival typically draws between 15,000 and 20,000 people.
Carole Hager has lived in Smyrna for 30 years and looks forward to the event each fall and spring.
“It keeps getting bigger and better,” Hager said, with her chocolate lab, Georgia, in tow.
As the city’s population has grown, the festival has gotten larger and more diverse, Hager said. She says the amount of vendors and quality of the food served increases each year.
And it doesn’t hurt, she said, that there’s no cost.
“How many things can you go to that are free?” Hager said.
The festival featured 125 arts and crafts vendors, selling things like handmade woodworking, clothing and paintings. Additionally, food vendors filled the city park with the smell of barbecue and funnel cakes.
Festivalgoers also enjoyed a puppet show and performances by local musicians and dancers.
Misty Hammers, of Smyrna, has brought her 2-year-old daughter to the event each year since she was born.
It’s a way to get to better know the community, Hammers said.
“We just like getting out and seeing all the vendors,” Hammers said.
Charlene Sibaja made the drive from Peachtree City to the festival selling her colorful landscape photography.
Typically, arts vendors don’t fare well at events that have a variety of craft booths, Sibaja said. But she still managed to unload a $450 photo.
“A friend of mine from one of the other shows told me this is one of the better festivals to do,” Sibaja said.
Marcia Finn, came down for the third year from Canton selling homemade hair bows and other clothing.
She points to the friendly people and good atmosphere for reasons that keep her coming back.
“Every year is good and some people seek us out from years before,” Finn said.