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BEAR Race 2018

Calling all adventure-seekers! The Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race (BEAR) is happening next Saturday, September 22! This 8-hour team race starts at Meeks Park and winds through the mountains, rivers, lakes, trails and beautiful woods surrounding Blairsville-Union County. This is a perfect race for sports or family teams to discover and explore The Greater Outdoors!

Easy to read and simple navigation will take you to some hidden spots around Blairsville. Distances are always based on your teams abilities and speed in adventure racing, but the race includes between 20-30 miles of mountain biking, 5-8 miles of trekking, and 4-8 miles of canoeing. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided, but teams may bring their own paddle gear if placed in paddle bags.

For more details and to sign up today, visit the AR Georgia website. Late Registration ends today, so don’t wait to register!

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Fall 2018 Bucket List

Fall is almost officially here, and there’s so much to do here in Blairsville-Union County! The cool mountain temps, amazing outdoor activities, family-friendly events, and welcoming community make our area the perfect place to experience autumn. There is truly something for everyone here, so here are a few suggestions for your Fall Bucket List this year…

Get Outside
The Greater Outdoors are calling! From hiking, camping, and outdoor fun at one of our amazing parks to corn mazes, hay rides, and even a Haunted History Tour, we’re the perfect destination for classic fall activities! We also have some of the most gorgeous fall foliage in the area, perfect for autumn leaf peeping that you won’t want to miss.

Celebrate!
Fall is Festival Season here in Blairsville-Union County, so come on and celebrate with us! Festivals like the Indian Summer Festival, Sorghum Festival, and the Fall Festival at Vogel State Park are great events for the whole family, so mark your calendars.

Eat Up
If you like to eat, you’ll love Blairsville! We have several incredible local restaurants to choose from, serving seasonal favorites from a wide variety of cuisines including Italian, Greek, Cuban, Farm-to-table, Traditional Southern Cooking, and much more!

There’s no better time to escape to the mountains, so check out our Autumn Activities page for more details and suggestions. Happy Fall, Y’all!

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Mountain Music Day Festival

You don’t want to miss celebrating the unique artistry of the mountains at Vogel State Park’s Mountain Music Day Festival! This fun event features fantastic live music, arts and crafts demonstrations, and delicious mountain food! There’s something for every member of the family to enjoy, so mark your calendars for September 15 from 10am – 6pm!

The Schedule of Performers Includes:

  • 10:00 AM – Alan Kendall
  • 11:00 AM – Rebels Quartet
  • 12:00 PM – Justin Terry
  • 1:00 PM – Wyatt Espalin
  • 2:00 PM – Bound to Ramble
  • 3:00 PM – Cold Water Bluegrass
  • 4:00 PM – Matt Sellars
  • 5:00 PM – Moonlight Street Folk

Learn more about this event and other Autumn Activities at http://ow.ly/VBIy30lvUyH.

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Mountain Heritage Festival 2018

Come and celebrate the history and mountain culture of Blairsville-Union County at the Mountain Heritage Festival, which takes place September 1st and 2nd at the Historic Mountain Life Museum. We’ll have music on the porch, collections of fine mountain-made arts & crafts, food vendors, as well as demonstrations of skills used by Union County’s earliest settlers.

Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE, and parking is FREE, too! What better way to celebrate your long Labor Day weekend than a trip to the mountains filled with fun, delicious food, and rich cultural history? Learn more about this event and other upcoming festivals at our Festivals page.

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Fall Festivals Preview 2018

Ready or not, Autumn will be here before you know it! The cooler temps and beautiful colors make it a great time to get out and have some fun, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season with the whole family here in Blairsville-Union County. Here’s a quick preview of some of the festivals and events coming up in the next few months.

Mountain Music Day Festival
September 15, 2018

BEAR Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race
September 22, 2018

Indian Summer Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018

Sorghum Festival
October 13 – 14 & 20 – 21, 2018

Fall Festival at Vogel State Park
October 28, 2018

Hometown Halloween on the Square
October 31, 2018

For a complete listing of everything happening in Blairsville-Union County this fall, check out our Autumn Activities page.

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Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville

Calling all Food-Lovers! The First Annual Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville on August 25th from 4pm-7pm the Butt-Mock House (located 1 block south of the Downtown Square). Take a taste from many of our incredible area restaurants and sample locally produced wine, beer & spirits. This family friendly event will feature live music from Steven Phillips & the Midnight Express, cooking demonstrations by the North Georgia Technical College Culinary Department & Amazing Grace Catering & Events, bounce houses for the kids, and some good old fashioned Southern Charm. The Blairsville Cruisers will also be there for the car-lovers in your family!

$20 admission will give you 20 tickets to sample food and beverages from area businesses. Children 12 and under are $10. Additional Taste tickets are available for $1 each. Parking is free. Alcohol only available for those age 21 and up. All proceeds go to the North Georgia Technical College Scholarship fund. What a fun and delicious way to support higher education in our area!

Learn more about Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville.

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Way to Go, Union County Schools!

Locals already know how great Union County Schools are, so it’s no surprise that the students and faculty are making waves and winning awards left and right! Very recently, Union County High School was not only honored by the Governor as one of the highest performing schools in the State of Georgia, but it was also named as an Advanced Placement (AP) Challenge School by the Georgia State Superintendent. We are so proud of the students, educators, and BOE in our community!

The community of Blairsville-Union County prides itself in investing in the quality of education that the children in our area receive, and we’re proud to see all of the improvements made in our schools in recent years, including the Fine Arts Center and Auditorium, Agriscience Center, new school busses, classroom additions and HVAC upgrades, technology upgrades, safety and security enhancements, and much more. We are also excited to see the progress made under the leadership of new Superintendent John Hill.

We love living in an area that values education and investing in the future of its students, and we’re very proud to see everything coming out of Union County Schools. Keep up the great work!

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Squeeze the Last Bit of Fun out of Summer!

Summer is drawing to a close and school starts back soon, but it’s not too late to squeeze in some family fun in Blairsville-Union County! From parks, lakes, and trails to fantastic food and excellent shopping, we’ve got something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Blairsville is the perfect place for getting outside and having an adventure or just relaxing and unplugging before the back to school blues set in. Check out our Summer Activities page for a complete listing of things to do in our area!

Explore The Greater Outdoors at Georgia’s Favorite State Park, Vogel State Park.

 

Visit Georgia’s Highest Peak at Brasstown Bald.

 

Get out on the water at one of our incredible area lakes.

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Butternut Creek Festival 2018

Celebrating and supporting local and regional artists and craftsmen is a big deal here in Blairsville. Around this time each year, you can find 80-85 of these artisans showcasing their work at the Butternut Creek Festival. The festival features works in a variety of categories, including basketry, candles & soap, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning.

While the Butternut Creek Festival is an excellent opportunity for these incredibly talented artisans to share and sell their works to the public, it’s also a fun and inviting event with something for everyone to enjoy. The festival also features fantastic musical entertainment, lots of great food available for purchase, and live art demonstrations. There are also a number of local nonprofits exhibiting that you can learn more about at the event.

The festival, which has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event since 2009, takes place on July 21 & 22 from 10 am to 5 pm at Meeks Park. Admission and parking are free and shuttles are available to get you from parking to the festival. Learn more at www.visitblairsvillega.com/festivals.