Hiawassee, GA – With its mild temperatures and colorful fall foliage the North Georgia Mountains provide a perfect fall escape, and from October 12-21, the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds will host an ideal family adventure. For 10 days, the Fairgrounds will be filled with arts & crafts, history, music and excitement during the annual Georgia Mountain Fall Festival. For a complete list of scheduled activities, discounted admission days and musical performances, visit www.GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com
Throughout each day of the Festival, visitors will be entertained with a wide range of musical performances including country, gospel and the popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention. Musicians such as Aaron Tippin, Bellamy Brothers, The Isaacs, Crystal River, Nelons, The Grascals, John Conlee, Connie Smith, Ronnie McDowell, The Quebe Sisters, The Talleys, Palmetto State Quartet and the Florida Boys will take the stage in the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds’ air-conditioned Anderson Music Hall on selected days of the event. In addition to the diverse group of musicians, the Festival will host a variety of other single acts.
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds will also play host to Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers Convention during the second weekend of the Fall Festival. Throughout this event, performers of all ages will compete in various musical categories such as senior fiddler, junior fiddler, bluegrass band, fingerstyle guitar, flat-pick guitar, banjo and mandolin. After initial competitions, a winner will be declared in each category. Then, the winner from both the junior and senior fiddling groups will compete in a “Fiddle Off,” where that winner will be declared the “Georgia Mountain Fiddle King.” This year, the Fiddler’s Convention will be held on October 19-20. A complete listing of rules and information on how to enter can be found on the Fairgrounds’ Web site.
Visitors will also feel as though they have traveled back in time during the Festival. Scattered throughout the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds’ Pioneer Village, locals hold “old ways” demonstrations for visitors to enjoy and experience the past. There, they can watch how moonshine was distilled, quilting demonstrations, corn milling and, perfect for a fall festival, an authentic apple cider press. After watching the demonstrations, attendees can stroll through the Village and enjoy the Fairgrounds’ replica of a quiet old mountain town. The Pioneer Village is home to a one-room schoolhouse; log home, a mercantile store and a smoke house, which guests are invited to tour.
These authentic structures were moved to the Fairgrounds to preserve the area’s rich history. Attendees will also enjoy the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival’s arts & crafts exhibits. Each day of the Festival artisans from around the country will display their work in covered booths throughout the Fairgrounds. Art enthusiasts will love strolling on the shaded and paved paths as they enjoy watching many of the crafters at work and the eclectic selection of items for purchase. Visitors can also tour the Festivals annual Flower Show in the Hiawassee Garden Club Building on the property. The show will be held each day of the event.
Special Attraction in 2012, The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival proudly welcomes “Fearless Flores Thrill Show” with the Globe of Death, Thrill Act and Aerial Act performing 2 shows on weekdays and 3 shows on weekends.
From tasty barbeque to hamburgers and hot dogs, no one will leave the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival hungry. With a wide range of festival favorites, there is something for every craving during the event. The food booths are run by local civic organizations and serve as a fundraising tool for non-profit groups in Towns County.
Event tickets for the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival are $5 Gates, $10 Music Shows and $2 parking, and children under 10 are admitted for free. No pets allowed. Festival hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For camping and lodging accommodations throughout the area, please visit the Towns County Chamber Web site at www.MountainTopGA.com The 2012 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is a project of the Towns County Lions Club.
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds are the home to several popular events throughout the year including the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Roots and Music Bluegrass Festival, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention. The Fairgrounds are located along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the north Georgia mountain community of Hiawassee and offer 189 beautiful camp and RV sites, most with lake views. Sites are equipped with modern conveniences and are available year round. For more information on the property and campsites as well as a complete listing of events, visit www.GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com