Festival to celebrate Heart of South DeKalb Sept. 28 and 29

Hundreds of residents will "Celebrate and Honor DeKalb Educators" at the 7th annual Heart of South DeKalb Festival taking place Sept. 27 and 28 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Center in Decatur.

The two-day festival, hosted by District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson will feature dozens of organizations, elected officials, and community leaders.  It will highlight and celebrate the impact of DeKalb's educators and school personnel in our community.

The festival, sponsored by DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court Debra DeBerry, Chapel Beauty, Kaiser Permanente, Macy's, and D&K Suit City, kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. with  a "Night Under the Stars" event at Rainbow Park, next door to the Porter Sanford Center. The event, which was free to attend, will feature live entertainment and food vendors. "The Ray Howard Trio" will perform Motown and R&B tunes. Participants should bring chairs and blankets.

On Saturday, the festivities kick  off at 9:30 a.m. with a parade featuring an electric Battle of the Bands showcase. The day’s events, which will highlight and honor educators, will include vendors, a kid's zone, health screenings, a job fair, car show, all-day stage entertainment  and performances, and give-a-ways and prizes.

The Porter Sanford Center is at 3181 Rainbow Drive.

For more information, visit www.heartofsouthdekalb.com or call 404-683-3599.