GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) -The 43rd annual Glennville Sweet Onion Festival kicked off on Saturday morning with a parade in downtown Glennville and a trip to the farmers market.
The one day festival is expected to bring in between 5-7,000 people to the small town of Glennville.
Organizers say the festival was created to celebrate the start of onion season and to thank the onion farmers for what they do in the community. Co-director Shellie Smith the event gives a lot of local businesses a platform to showcase what their business offers to people who may not get the chance to stop in their store fronts.
This year they have 121 vendors, 10 more than last year. Smith says the festival celebrates onion season but also the summer business that stores hope to bring in.
“We have a thriving community," said Smith. "Our onion growers bring in so much commerce to our area during the festival and throughout the summer. So, all of our downtown businesses do really well throughout the summer because of the festival kicking it off and bringing in hundreds of people.”
The festival will wrap up on Saturday afternoon.