The Oconee Chamber Fall Festival has secured more than 250 arts and crafts booths in and around Rocket Field in downtown Watkinsville this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Because of the amount of vendors who applied for the festival, there will be a new section for booths on Third Street next to Eagle Tavern. This section will include eight new booths that offer goods such as English toffee, clothing, specialty soda and favored popcorn. 

The KidZone will be next to OCAF. Included in the zone will be inflatables, bungee jumping, rock climbing and the Oconee Chamber’s agribusiness exhibit.

Inside OCAF’s Rocket Hall, Amateur historian Maria Caudill will treat families to a historical presentation while wearing period costuming. The hall will also have coloring stations.

The festival’s presenting sponsor is BankSouth. Oconee State Bank is this year’s KidZone sponsor. 

There will be numerous food options available to attendees the day of the festival. The Oconee Farmers Market will also set up in front of the Oconee Courthouse beginning at 8 a.m. 

Official fall festival T-shirts will be sold by Big Frog at booth No. 200 on Rocket Field. 

Oconee Fire Rescue and EMS personnel will be on standby at the festival. 

The following parking lots are available for a small donation:

n Bethel Baptist Church at 59 North Main Street

n Oconee State Bank at 35 North Main Street

n Ashford Memorial Methodist Church at 1 South Main Street

n Handicapped parking at Watkinsville First Christian Church at 4 North Main Street

Free parking will be offered at the following locations:

--Behind the Oconee County Courthouse and at the Water Street Comfort Station

-- Along North Main Street

-- Harris Shoals Park

-- The old Southwire plant on Barnett Shoals Road

The North Georgia Two-Cylinder Club will offer free hayrides to and from the festival offered to people who park at Harris Shoals Park and the former Southwire Plant. 

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