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5 Things To Know About the Decatur Arts Festival

You can take in a history of the arts festival, hear the music of Shawn Mullins, talk with two writers about the Mississippi Delta, laugh with comedians and stroll through town for ArtWalk.

The Decatur Arts Festival is a community-wide event that takes over Decatur on Saturday and Sunday. You should look at the festival website to see the full range of events, but here are five things to know.

1. Twenty-five years. That's how long the Decatur Arts Festival has been around. Artrospective is a collection of artifacts and memorabilia about the festival at the DeKalb History Center, aka the Old DeKalb Courthouse.

2. Shawn Mullins. The local favorite, a Grammy nominee, will perform 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Bandstand. Delta Moon closes out the music on Sunday afternoon.

3. The Mississippi Delta connection. Two writers with books about this storied region will appear at the Decatur Library in pre-festival activities. At 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Decatur resident Susan Puckett will talk about Eat Drink Delta. (Full disclosure: Puckett is the wife of Patch editor Ralph Ellis.) At 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Bill Cheng will discuss his highly touted debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog, about black childhood friends whose lives were changed by the Great Flood of 1927.

4. Just for laughs. Comedians and improv groups will peform Saturday and Sunday at the Theater and Literary Arts tent on the grounds of the Old DeKalb Courthouse. This program is called "Decatur LOL."

5. ArtWalk. Shops and galleries all around Decatur will sponsor free exhibitions from 5-10 p.m. Friday. Farmburger, for example, will host Emily Griffith, the official painter of UGA, the University of Georgia mascot bulldog.

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