TIFTON -- If the weather stays sunny and dry, more than 25,000 people are expected to attend the 2005 Love Affair festivities at Fulwood Park today and tomorrow. The event begins at 4 p.m. today.

City workers and community volunteers were busy in the park Thursday setting up tents and otherwise preparing the site for the crowd of visitors and vendors.

"The city folks have worked very hard and a number of community volunteers have come out today and we'll have more volunteers tomorrow," said Wayne Jones, director of ABAC's Arts Connection.

Jones said people are urged to support vendors who will have food, drinks and artwork available for sale.

"We have a lot of great entertainment and art and you need to bring your checkbook," Jones said. "You can redecorate your house with all the artwork you buy."

Entertainers will grace three different stages over the three-day festival. At 4 p.m. today, the TCHS Chorus will perform on the International stage; The Dappled Grays Duo on the Jubilee State; and Jim McGaw will play his hammered dulcimer on the Gallery Stage. Beginning at 5 p.m., Derrick Dove will perform on the Jubilee Stage and Nephtali Santiago, a guitarist, will perform on the Gallery Stage.

Also beginning at 5 p.m., various dance groups from Regina's School of Dance, Carolyn Ellis School of Dance, The Upper Room, Southwest Georgia Dance Academy, Dream-It Cheerleaders and Now Dance This will perform in a Dance Extravaganza in and around the International Stage.

Also on tap to perform between 6 and 10:30 p.m. are the ABAC Instrumental Ensembles, Jim Newton and Friends and Doctor, Doctor! "The Band that Makes House Calls."

The Swingin' Medallions will headline the annual picnic concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. Local favorite Twisted Pfister will open for the Medallions.

City officials are asking drivers and pedestrians to use patience and precaution during the two-day event. Festival-goers are urged to use public parking and asked not to block driveways or park in residents' yards or create parking spaces. Pedestrians are urged to cross the streets at the corners and not to run across the middle of a street.

No motorized vehicles, bikes, skateboards, scooters or skates will be allowed in the park because of the high pedestrian traffic expected.

To contact city editor Angie Thompson, call 382-4321.

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