Since 1984, residents of Gwinnett and surrounding counties have turned out in droves for Suwanee Day, a celebration of the community and a “show and tell” for various churches, schools, vendors, and civic groups located in the area. In its first year, about 75 visitors attended the event. Now the festival, held in Suwanee’s Town Center on the third Saturday of September, draws about 40,000 people each year.

Suwanee Day 2011 was held on September 17 on a beautifully cloudy day and had a few more unique treats to Suwanee Day to help set it apart from previous years. Be sure to check out the Suwanee Day 2011 pictures below to get a good feel of what exactly a Suwanee Day is.

One of the biggest draws of Suwanee Day is the arts and crafts. Vendors from across the Southeast bring in pottery, paintings, jewelry, clothing, and lots more. In 2011, about 180 vendors came to Suwanee for the event.

Of course, Suwanee Day also has plenty of the main attraction to any festival — food. Old-fashioned treats, foreign cuisine and classic choices are sure to hit the spot no matter what you’re craving.

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained, as well. Many booths and vendors offer child-friendly crafts, and the green space of Town Center Park is transformed into a midway of carnival rides and attractions.

Some of the most unusual attractions come from the visitors themselves. You never know what kind of characters will show up for Suwanee Day — but they’re usually available for photo ops.

Suwanee Day almost always ends with a concert in the Town Center amphitheater from well-known performers, like Edwin McCain or Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame group The Lovin’ Spoonful. But the amphitheater is used all day to showcase local dance and music groups, as well.

Suwanee Day usually offers some surprises, as well. In 2011, it was the site of the largest flash mob in Suwanee history, with hundreds of dancers participating. Click here to see the official Suwanee Day flash mob video.

Suwanee Day 2011 had an impressive turnout and the community event continues to improve from year to year.  After some of the antics pulled this year, I’m looking forward to see who tries to top them next year.