Thousands flocked to downtown Kennesaw for the 36th annual event.
Sunny skies and the promise of food, live entertainment, Civil War reenactments and more than 250 booths featuring homemade crafts lured thousands of people to downtown Kennesaw over the weekend for the 2012 Big Shanty Festival. Watch the attached videos and click through the photo gallery for highlights from the 36th annual event, which drew 55,000 visitors last year and event organizers estimated would attract 70,000 people this year. Check the following articles for more Patch coverage of the weekend festivities: For more Kennesaw news, subscribe to our free email newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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An expected 60,000 to 70,000 visitors will fill the streets of downtown Kennesaw this weekend for the city's 36th annual Big Shanty Festival. Festivities will include an opening parade, a flash mob performance, food vendors, more than 250 booths featuring homemade crafts, and live entertainment on two stages. The Big Shanty Festival is a collaborative effort between the city, the Kennesaw Business Association, JRM Management and an extensive team of individuals, businesses and organizations. This year's festival is presented by Superior Plumbing. As one of north Georgia's largest events, the Big Shanty Festival has grown since its humble beginnings in 1975. According to Robert Jones of the Kennesaw Historical Society, the event was …