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Bear Creek festival marks 15 years
by Nneka M. Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
September 20, 2012 08:13 AM | 1226 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff/ Emily Barnes <br>
Sharon Tarpley, president of the Hampton Business Association and owner of Tan-A-Rama, is photographed with the T-shirts for the Hampton Bear Creek Festival, at her business in Hampton.
Staff/ Emily Barnes
Sharon Tarpley, president of the Hampton Business Association and owner of Tan-A-Rama, is photographed with the T-shirts for the Hampton Bear Creek Festival, at her business in Hampton.
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Hampton’s Bear Creek Festival is slated for Sept. 29 and 30 at Historic Hampton City Park.

The festival is free to all residents.

“We don’t charge an admission to get in,” said Sharon Tarpley, one of the event’s coordinators. “It gets everybody in the area and brings the community together.”

Featured elements of the festival include what Tarpley referred to as “lots of vendors”— sellers of crafted goods, handbags, T-shirts, jewelry and wood crafting, a total of more than 75.

The vendors market is Tarpley’s favorite part of the event, by far.

“I enjoy seeing all the different things people can do and make,” she said. “One year we had someone out there that could make birdhouses.”

For the younger ones, a children’s area will contain inflatables to play on and pony rides.

Food will be plentiful with numerous options and not just hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and slushies. Korean and Mexican offerings will also be among the mix.

Live music will also be at the festival, with confirmed performances from Grafted by Grace and 1-A Chord, both local acts.

There is also something in store for classic car lovers at Bear Creek festival: a classic car show.

This year will mark the fifth annual car show, to be held at Oak Street across from the entrance of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

On the final day of the festival, Sept. 30, registrants for the car show will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The registration fee is $15 per entrant.

Only cars older than 1987 can be entered into the competition.

From 2 to 3 p.m., festival attendees can vote for their favorite cars.

A total of 25 trophies will be awarded.

Overall, Tarpley said the event is an activity geared towards encouraging community members to interact with one another, an element that has kept her involved in planning the festival for the past 12 years.

“I just enjoy it because I can be with and meet people,” she said. “It’s nice to see a small town get together. It’s fun.”

Those interested in becoming vendors must fill out an application and pay either a $60 or $75 fee.

No public address systems, gas powered generators or sound exhibits are allowed in any booth area.

Historic Hampton City Park is at 19 Central Avenue in Hampton.

Information: (770) 946-5490 or www.bearcreekfestival.com.
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