McDONOUGH — Hometown families found their way to the Square Saturday afternoon, partially guided by the aroma of festive foods and fall-inspired colors and decorations that dotted the area.

They were celebrating the annual Fall Festival hosted by the city of McDonough and Main Street to bring a diverse community together and build a greater awareness of the diverse merchants in the vicinity.

“Our merchants were happy,” said Kristin Callaway, who is serving her first six weeks as Main Street manager. “We were all happy, the merchants, vendors and our staff, especially since we had a delightful day after hearing about the dreary weather that could have have come our way.”

She added that the size of the crowd that participated in the event, despite reports of dismal weather, was gratifying. “The crowd turnout was great.”

Some 16 arts and craft vendors were on hand. They displayed their wares in tents and open booths set up on and around the Square. They were joined by five food vendors peddling hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue ribs and other meats, fries, funnel cakes, baked pastries and other foods containing spices that were meant to arouse the senses.

Activities for the young and the young at heart included an art class, pumpkin decorations, face painting artists, arts and crafts, an artist drawing caricatures, a clothing re-designer, bounce houses, a car show, DJ music entertainer, and booths throughout the venue filled with small toys, candy and gifts for children.

Onstage entertainment was provided by Giselle Diblasi’s School of Ballet,Taekwondo Center, a magician with live animals, and Ola High School Orchestra. A disc jockey team played music of various genres throughout the afternoon.

Winners of a Scarecrow Decorating Contest were announced, and top awards were presented to the following companies: Southern Grace, Southern Roots, Gritz family Restaurant and Pregnancy Resource Center. A total of $4,000 in prize money was awarded to 15 contest winners.

“We were happy to support our merchants,” Callaway said. “It was a pleasure to see everyone pitching in to assist with this project. This support gave us a genuine small-town feeling.”

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