Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days introduces battle of the bands competition

Lemonade Days in Dunwoody is celebrating its 24h year (Photo supplied by Hope Follmer)

Along with the tried-and-true traditions that make Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days so special to the city, there will be a new competition this year – a battle between high school bands.

The five-day festival from April 17-21 hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust
along with presenting sponsor Fifth Third Bank, will again be held at Brook Run Park with the usual carnival rides, food-and-beverage vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, author booths, and for the ninth year, the Dunwoody Idol competition on Saturday night.

In addition, the first annual Battle of the Bands, the brainchild of Mark Gallegos, will be held right after the Dunwoody Idol competition concludes. Participating bands include Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School, Peachtree Charter Middle School, Dunwoody High School, and Atlanta Academy.

“We are very excited about this new contest for 2024,” Follmer said. “We always try to introduce something new each year, and this is going to be a fun contest.”

Ten singing finalists, accompanied by a live professional band, will compete for the title of 2024 Dunwoody Idol Winner, first runner-up and crowd favorite. The winner will receive a full-service session of professional recording time to produce one finished track, a featured appearance at a young artists’ musical review, and will perform the “Star- Spangled Banner” at the Dunwoody Homeowner Association’s Fourth of July Parade ceremony. 

The DPT also announced this year’s 2024 Honorary Ms. Lemonade Days Queen Sara
Massey, who has been recognized for working tirelessly as a volunteer for the DPT.

This year will feature an expanded selection of authors making appearances at the event with copies of their books available for purchase.

Festival goers may check in backpacks, bikes and other items free of charge at the lost & found tent located at the festival main entrance on North Peeler Road.

The festival will have the following hours of operation:

Wed., April 17, 4 p.m.- 10 pm
Thurs., April 18, 4 p.m.- 10 p,m.
Fri., April 19, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat., April 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sun., April 21, noon-6 p.m.

Entrance to the festival is free. Wristbands for unlimited rides can be purchased at the event for $20 on Family Nights (Wednesday and Thursday) and $30 (Friday – Sunday). Single tickets may be purchased for $1.25.

The Lemonade Days Festival is the only fundraiser for the DPT with the profits going to the continued  rehabilitation and maintenance of the historic 1870 Donaldson-Bannister  Farm, as well as numerous community events, educational programs for children and adults and Dunwoody’s only history camp for kids. 

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