(PHOTOS) The big weekend of the Decatur festival – Decaturish

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By Dean Hesse, contributor

Decatur, Georgia – It was a big weekend in Decatur as a trio of festivals took over downtown.

The Amplify Decatur Music Festival featured a free concert on Friday October 1 and a ticketed event featured by the Indigo Girls on Saturday October 2, the proceeds of which were donated to the Decatur Co-operative Ministry.

The Decatur Artists’ Market on Saturday and Sunday showcased the work of a jury of 90 artists and the AJC Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University at the First Baptist Church in Decatur on Saturday October 2, including in-person and virtual events. COVID-19 protocols were in place for all three functions.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination was required to access indoor events during the AJC Decatur Book Festival at the First Baptist Church of Decatur on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

People browse the selection of reading materials from Charis Books & More during the AJC Decatur Book Festival at the First Baptist Church of Decatur on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Mia and Katie browse collectibles under the Eagle Eye Book Shop tent during the AJC Decatur Book Festival at the First Baptist Church of Decatur on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Literary fiction panelists Tiphanie Yanique “Monster in the Middle”, left, and Anjali Enjeti, “The Parted Earth” sign copies of their books in the Charis Books & More tent at the AJC Decatur book festival at the First Baptist Church in Decatur on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Her Majesty’s Request plays Beatles tunes from the rooftop during the Amplify Decatur music festival on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Michelle Malone performs with guitarist Doug Kees at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Yvonne Miller stands with her husband Stefan Hochhuber next to a piece of art at the Decatur Artists’ Market on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Darren Kilby shows off his T-shirt from a previous festival at the Decatur Artists Market on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Jennifer Lund reacts as the Blind Boys of Alabama perform at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The Blind Boys of Alabama perform at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Seven-year-old Mary Alice Norris dances at the Amplify Decatur music festival on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Anne Clarke reacts as the Blind Boys of Alabama perform at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Two-time Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell performs at the Amplify Decatur music festival on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

John Paul White performs at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Acoustic folk blues artist Veronika Jackson performs at the AJC Decatur Book Festival at First Baptist Church in Decatur on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Alia and her daughter Amelia, 9, examine the selection of reading materials from Brave + Kind bookstore during the AJC Decatur Book Festival at First Baptist Church in Decatur on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

George Jones, Jr. of George’s Broom Closet poses with some of his traditional handmade brooms at the Decatur Artists’ Market on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Melissa Rose and Susan Hyde came from Tennessee to hear the Indigo Girls perform at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Jenny Henley with her multimedia art at the Decatur Artists Market on Saturday October 2nd. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Morgan Rasmussen and Dylan Borst experience cigar guitars at John Kelly’s Havana Moon Music during the Decatur Artists Market on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Ben Richardson watches Blake Gore’s little art at the Decatur Artists’ Market on Saturday October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Noelle Campbell, 10, and her sister Allisandra, 7, take a look at Sheron Davis’ glass art at the Decatur Artists Market on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Jason Brueck watches people browse his digital art at the Decatur Artists’ Market on Saturday, October 2. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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