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Jun. 16, 2019
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’Tis the season for festivals, harvest celebrations

By Jane Harrison
Lake Lanier communities and nearby mountain towns dive into the season this month with festivals and harvest rituals that celebrate the region’s cultural heritage. Here’s a round up of fests and farm fun this fall:
48th Annual Oktoberfest, Helen. Through Oct. 29,  6-10:30 p.m. weekdays, 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strauss. Bavarian-themed music, food, dancing, drinks. $8 Mon.-Fri., $10 Sat., free Sundays., 706-878-1908.
Flowery Branch Fall Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct.6, Railroad/Main St. Arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, games, food.
38th Annual Georgia Marble Festival, Jasper. 10 a.m.-6  p.m. Oct. 6 & 7, Lee Newton Park, 500 Stegall Dr. Crafts, food, music, marble sculpture contest, and Georgia Marble Company quarry tours. $5 adults, $3 children age 6-12, free to children 5 and younger, $3 veterans/seniors, $20 weekend pass. Extra for marble quarry tours, reservations recommended. No pets allowed. (706) 692-5600,
Fall Celebration Festival, Sautee Nacoochee. Vendors with carved wooden bowls, homespun yarn products, jams and jellies, old fashioned games and dinner on the grounds, plus first floor tour of historic mansion, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5 parking., 706-878-1077.
Foxfire Mountaineer Festival, Clayton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 6, Rabun County Civic Center, 201 W. Savannah St. Traditional music, greased pig chases, greased pole climbing, log sawing, corn hole and shucking contests, and demonstrations of rail splitting, team plowing, and quilting. $5, free to ages 5 and younger.
Woodland Ramble Arts & Craft Market, Gainesville. Nature themed art by local artists, food trucks, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct.6, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8 adults, $5 children 3-12, free to children younger than 3 and garden members.
• Craven Family October Pottery Festival, Gillsville. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 6, Craven Family Pottery, 6616 Hwy 52. Hand-made pottery, crafts, music, food.
Cumming Country Fair & Festival. Oct. 4-14, 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 4 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays; 12:30-9 p.m. Sundays; Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. Carnival rides, live music, bull-riding, petting zoo, doggie sports, and heritage village. $7 adults, free to ages 10 and younger; additional fee for ride tickets; $5 parking
• Mule Camp Market, Gainesville. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct.12-13, noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, Downtown Gainesville Square. Music, food, carnival rides, and art jamboree includes Friday night concert with beer and wine venders., 770-532-7714.
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee. Crafts and exhibits, food and music, Oct. 12-20 (schedule to be announced), Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Rd. Country and blue grass performers, pioneer village, flower show and crafts exhibits, plus Oct. 19 & 20 Fiddlers’ Convention with fiddle, banjo, dobro, dulcimer, harmonica, mandolin, acoustic guitar and buck dancing contests. $12 includes music shows, children 12 and younger free, $33 3-day pass.
• 46th Annual Sorghum Festival, Blairsville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14, 20-21 Meeks Park, 11 Pool Lane. Vintage mule-run sorghum mill, sorghum “biskits,” crafts, mountain music, pioneer demonstrations, biskit eating contest, and old timey games, plus 8 p.m. Oct. 13 & 20 square dance at middle school gym. $5 ages 13 and older; free to ages 12 and younger.
47th Annual Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays Oct. 13-14, 20-21 Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St. Apple treats, crafts, demonstrations, music. No pets or firearms allowed. $5, free to children younger than 10., (706) 636-4500.
Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega. Oct. 20 & 21, hours to be determined, Public Square/Downtown Historic District. Parade, crafts, food, plus panning for gold, hog calling, buck dancing, gospel singing, and blue grass music.
51st Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville. 8-5 p.m. Oct. 26-27, 8-3 p.m. Oct. 28, Downtown Square and Dawsonville Municipal Complex, 415 Hwy. 53 E. Huge car show, moonshine still, free moonshine samples, crafts, games, kids’ rides, music, and more. Free. (706) 265-6278.
Pumpkins in the Park Fall Festival, Helen. 3-9 p.m. Oct. 27, 1788 Hwy. 356. Unicoi State Park. Hayrides, music, games, trick or treating, pumpkin painting. $5 parking., 706-878-4727.
Vogel’s Fall Festival, Blairsville. Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 27, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. Hayrides, cake walk, rubber duck race, Halloween campsite decoration contest. $5., 706-745-2628.

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