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Craft-lovers will convene at the new, expanded Crabapple Fest in Milton
by Nicole Dow
September 25, 2013 02:16 PM | 2744 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lara Dolan of BLO Vintage will be featuring her unique jewelry line at the upcoming Crabapple Fest on Oct. 5.
Lara Dolan of BLO Vintage will be featuring her unique jewelry line at the upcoming Crabapple Fest on Oct. 5.
Thousands of residents and visitors will crowd downtown Crabapple on Oct. 5 for arts, crafts, antiques, food, entertainment and more at the Crabapple Fest.

The free festival is a partnership between the city of Milton and the Crabapple Community Association and combines the 5,000-person Milton Roundup and the 10,000-person Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival.

“We expect more than 10,000 attendees in historic downtown Crabapple during the festival,” said Angela Thompson, Milton’s special events and project manager. “This year will be unlike any other … because we’re closing both Broadwell and Crabapple roads so crowds can safely roam the streets and enjoy not only the festival, but Crabapple’s many fine businesses.”

Artists and merchants from all over the southeast will man booths at the event. One such vendor is BLO Vintage, an Alpharetta-based custom jewelry business. Each handcrafted piece features vintage whistles or whimsical harmonicas.

“We have whistles from the early 1800s to the 1980s,” said Lara Dolan, co-owner of BLO Vintage.

She said the average price point for the jewelry ranges from $70 to $150. Though much of BLO Vintage’s business comes from having their products in retail stores across the country, Dolan said she enjoys festivals where she can watch reactions from potential customers who stop by her booth.

“To see people interact with [the jewelry pieces] live helps us design things that are on the cutting edge and what people are looking for,” she said. “We get a lot of feedback.”

Linda Searcy is another local artist vendor and will be displaying her collection of jack-o’-lantern pottery. Many are Halloween-themed, she said, and portray images of Draculas, Frankensteins, witches, ghosts, mummies, black cats and owls.

“They’re just entertaining and charming pieces of pottery,” Searcy said.

The pieces range in size and vary in price from $35 to $150.

Thompson said the arts and antique offerings will bring the atmosphere that patrons of the Milton Roundup and Crossroads at Crabapple have loved for years, but there will also be other aspects of the festival to enjoy.

“This year we’re bringing fresh elements — like children’s activities, rides and games and beer, wine and cocktails available throughout the festival,” she said.

There will be food from local eateries and food truck favorites. Music entertainment will include various local and touring acts on the main stage. Performers from the North Fulton School of Music will also entertain crowds from the young artist tent.

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