Lake Acworth fest drawing crowds, continues today
by Marcus E. Howard
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Emma Bonner, 9, enjoys a cup of Hawaiian shaved ice with her mother, Michelle, not pictured, at the first day of the Love the Lake Festival in Acworth on Saturday. Impact Dance, where Emma takes dance classes, won first place for its float in Saturday morning's parade before the festival. <br> Photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan
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ACWORTH – The Labor Day weekend began with a splash in Acworth on Saturday as the city and Acworth Business Association hosted the fifth annual Love the Lake Festival at Cauble Park at Lake Acworth.

Organizers expected about 15,000 people to attend the two-day festival, which continues from noon to 6 p.m. today. Free shuttle service is provided from Acworth City Hall, Acworth Library, First Baptist Church Acworth and McCall Primary School.

Admission to the festival is free to the public.

The festival featured more than 15 food booths that served barbecue, hamburgers, hotdogs, polish sausages, ice cream, funnel cakes and other edible delights. Over 75 vendors from across the southeast have also come to town to sell their unique arts and crafts. Entertainment included live music, a puppet show by puppeteer Peter Hart and children’s activities.

James Albright, Acworth Parks and Recreation director, said the first day of the festival went smoothly.

The Warrior Way 5K kicked off the first day of the festival during the early morning hours. The race, which began and ended at Cauble Park, benefited the North Cobb High School Cross Country Team. Team member Oliver Williams, a junior, said he finished the race in stride.

Following the 5K was a parade down Main Street that included decorative floats, local school bands and civic organizations. The parade’s theme was: “Go for the Gold: Celebrating the Olympics.”

Acworth-based Impact Dance of Atlanta entered a parade float in the form of a giant blue, high top sneaker. Emma Bonner, 9, of Acworth, has been with the dance studio for three years and described it as “amazing,” with a quick hand flourish and body movement.

Returning this year on both days of the festival is the Pro Hydro-X Tour. The watercraft event is composed of six watercross racing competitions similar to motocross on the war. Racers speed across the lake at top speeds of more than 70 miles per hour.

Dave and Amanda Brewster walked the one mile between their Acworth home and the festival. They said they enjoy supporting such community events. Their two sons, Aiden, 8, and Jack, 7, members of Cub Scout Pack 611, of which Dave is cubmaster, enjoyed bungee jumping on Saturday.

“They were in the parade this morning, so my mom and I watched from our house,” Amanda said.

The third annual Acworth Community Magazine Cup, a high school obstacle competition, was won by the Allatoona High School Buccaneers. In second place were the North Cobb Christian School Eagles, followed by the North Cobb High School Warriors and Kennesaw Mountain High School Mustangs.
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