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Annual Atlanta Bear Fest comes out of hibernation

2012 Atlanta Bear Fest

Leave the lions and tigers at home July 6-9; it’s all about the bears at the 2012 Atlanta Bear Fest.

Pool parties, live music and bar nights are among the event’s highlights according to John Beck, president of Atlanta’s Southern Bears, who have held an Independence Day Weekend gathering for hirsute men and their admirers for “many years” now.

The event — a bigger, hairier version of the more mainstream circuit party, often called a “run” — was known as “Bear All,” before the Southern Bears took a hard look and a one year break before renaming it Atlanta Bear Fest in 2009.