Lion Fest Attracts Habersham Community to Piedmont

On Saturday April 22 Piedmont University hosted LionFest in collaboration with Habersham Chamber of Commerce. The event was organized by Piedmont University Alumni Association. Featured at the event were a number of student vendors, who were given complementary booths in exchange for donating a percentage of their earnings to Piedmont University. Additionally the event welcomed the community to enjoy food from a variety of vendors and live music provided by Piedmont University Cantabile and The Nic Johnson Band.

Students were welcome to display and sell their crafts at the 2023 LionFest. Vendors ranged from handmade quilts, crocheted bandanas and handcrafted pottery.
Junior graphic design major Liz Carter appeared at the event selling stickers, buttons and tote bags, designed and printed by herself.
Graduating art major, Laura Dove, hosted a booth to sell her hand-made pottery pieces. Some featured pieces included hand painted dining sets from her capstone project.
Music performance major Edith Gonzalez hosted a booth at LionFest to sell her handmade crochet pieces. Gonzalez had no time for rest and continued creating new pieces at the event.
Products Gonzalez had available for purchase included beanies, bandanas, drink koozies and water bottle totes. Gonzalez hoped that the event would help spur buzz for her Etsy shop, where she sells similar products.
Gonzalez shared that her interest in crocheting sparked when she was much younger and she quickly fell in love with the craft. The bright skies provided the perfect setting to enjoy the company of the Piedmont and Habersham communities.
The event hosted a number of food vendors, including Chick-fil-A, Cowboy Bob’s Donuts & Coffee Shop and Fresco’s Restaurant. Picnic table were set up near-by so attendees could comfortably sit and enjoy their food in the perfect weather the day presented.
Fresco’s restaurant made their debut appearance at a Piedmont University event, with authentic street tacos. The food truck offered a wide range of meat options to appeal to the tastes of all potential customers.
The day was concluded with musical guests including Dr. Wallace Hinson leading Piedmont’s Cantabile and The Nic Johnson band.

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