SANDERSVILLE, Ga. ( 41NBC/WMGT) -Thousands of people played in the clay at the 2013 International Kaolin Festival, held in Sandersville.
People came from all walks of life to stroll around Washington County's Courthouse Square, Saturday.
"We have a lot of variety going on here," said Washington County's Chamber of Commerce President, Charles Lee. "If you like one particular aspect over another, such as arts & crafts. There's plenty here to pick from. It's a good variety there. Perhaps, you just want to learn more about the industry of Kaolin and what it does here."
Lee is also the Washington County Development Authority Executive Director. Lee says Kaolin has been the mainstay for the county's economy for 70 years.
Keith Lindsey was among the food vendors at the festival this year. He says this is his third year selling apples at the annual event. Lindsey explained there is a connection between Kaolin and his apples.
"During the summer when the orchards are growing their apples, they spray the trees with Kaolin to keep the apples from sun burning," he said. "So the more apples we grow, the more Kaolin we sell. So eat more apples!"
There were a large variety of foods, jewelry, arts and crafts sold at the festival. But not every festival can boast of having a "Poultry Palace," which features a lesson on chicken species.
"We entertain and educate with chickens," Joseph Puiszis. "As a matter of fact we got chickens from around the world. I'm holding a, Japanese silky right here looks like he's got fur, but he's actually all feathers and it's one of our most unusual breeds."
Puiszis also has a Transylvania naked chicken which looks more like a turkey. But, the show stopper of the Poultry Palace is his eight-year-old daughter, Abby.
"I'm a chicken demonstrator," says Abby Puiszis. "I tell people about the chickens and carry them around so people, so they can pet them. This is my new friend Sarah. She loves to come with me, and she's a great friend too. That's all I have to say, bye."
The Kaolin Festival will conclude next weekend with "dancing in the streets" of downtown Tenn-ille along with a barbecue blast cook-off competition.
For more information call about upcoming 2013 Kaolin Festival events 552-32-88.