ATLANTA - The streets of downtown Atlanta were blocked off over the weekend, but not because of lack of people. Instead, the roads were filled with vendors, contests, and people participating in the 28th annual Elk Fest. This year residents, vendors, and out-of-town visitors stopped in Atlanta over the weekend to celebrate the 2012 three day festival as a community.
"The community really comes together for this. It's something you should come and experience," Beth Gross of Atlanta said. "I've been coming here for over 20 years, ever since I was a kid and we'd vacation here. It's a great community-based festival."
Gross said she participated in a variety of Elk Fest activities throughout the weekend, but also volunteered, helping in the kids contest and wherever else someone was needed.
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Crowds were drawn to watch children attempt the greased pig contest, one of the highlights of Saturday’s Elk Fest.
Steve and Sharon Bowman of Redford Township, said although they live out of town, they try to come and do as many community events as possible and have enjoyed the Elk Fest for years.
"We would love to move to Lewiston, we've had a place there for 35 years now," Sharon Bowman said. "I love everything about Elk Fest and our community. The people are very friendly and it's a great fun day."
Barry Braun of Atlanta said his festival favorites include watching the children participate in the greased pig contest.
"I've been up here for 30 years, transplanted from Detroit. I'm very pleased," Braun said. "I've seen a lot of different people come from all over to take part in our festivals. We have the best ones around."
Phil LaMore, Atlanta chamber president, said this year's festival weather was the best within the last three years, and more vendors were drawn to the area.
"We had a lot of variety, and everybody seems to be sharing in the prosperity," LaMore said. "I think people came and really enjoyed it this year."
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