The scene at last year's Lemonade Days in Dunwoody.
Photo: Courtesy of Dunwoody Preservation Trust
Photo: Courtesy of Dunwoody Preservation Trust

Festival that began in wake of tornado promises 30 carnival rides

A popular local festival that started as a fundraiser for tornado recovery is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The Lemonade Days Festival, which used to be the name of a small arts and crafts festival at Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park, was revived as a fundraiser in 1999 after a tornado in 1998 destroyed parts of Dunwoody.

Since then, it’s become a major event for the city, with tens of thousands of attendees. This year’s festival runs this Wednesday through Sunday, April 24-28.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend. (Courtesy of Dunwoody Preservation Trust)

It will features 30 carnival rides, food and drink options, a 5K run, craft vendors, a petting zoo and live performances.

The Atlanta-based band Lunar Vacation is set to headline the festival on Saturday.

The Dunwoody Preservation Trust puts on the festival, with profits going toward the rehabilitation and maintenance of the historic 1870 Donaldson-Bannister Farm.

The festival features carnival rides. (Courtesy of Dunwoody Preservation Trust/James Barker)
Photo: James Barker/JW Barker Photography


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