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Kirkwood Spring Fling, Tour of Homes happening Saturday

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Kirkwood Spring Fling, Tour of Homes happening Saturday

Kirkwood Spring Fling 2014. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Kirkwood Spring Fling 2014. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The 13th annual Kirkwood Spring Fling is happening this Saturday at Kirkwood’s Bessie Branham Park.

The free festival includes a 5K, an artists market, live music, food trucks, and a BBQ cook-off. There’s also a Tour of Homes happening Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for that are $20.

The 5K road race kicks things off Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Kirkwood Station.

The music starts at 11 a.m. at Bessie Branham Park, and the BBQ competition fires up at noon.

Buzz Burton, chair of this year’s Spring Fling, said, “I’d probably highlight the music, which is always good. We have some good local bands.” Burton said neighborhood favorite Rust will be playing Saturday afternoon.

“In the Kids Area, we always have our bounce houses, and the Bubble Man is a big draw,” said Burton. The Georgia Bubble Man is just that — a man who creates giant bubbles and demonstrates how to make them. “The kids just love that guy,” he said.

Burton said there will be a new event in the Kids Area this year. “The Braves are coming up this year and setting up a home-run derby – a portable plastic thing for the kids – an air stream blows the balls in the air and the kids can hit the ball into a plastic baseball field,” said Burton.

Burton said this year’s artists market will be bigger than ever. “Usually we have 70, this year, we’re closer to 90. We have a lot more artists and more of a selection.”

The Spring Fling is a fundraiser for the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization, a non-profit focused on community improvement. Previous proceeds have been used to build a park playground and maintain bike baths.

The Spring Fling is also asking for volunteers. You get a free T-shirt and a drink ticket if you volunteer your time.

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.