Remember the eclipse? It’s hard to believe that Blairsville-Union County got national news coverage and had thousands of people flock to our area for a once-in-a-lifetime lunar event, but here we are! For many of us, August 21 probably felt a little chaotic with all of the visitors and events going on. Now that the moon dust has settled and no one can find the eclipse glasses that they scrambled to buy at the last minute, we can take a step back and see just how big this experience was for our community. Here’s a quick look at the Blairsville Eclipse Experience by the numbers:
Over 15,000 visitors
18,655 Glasses Sold
2,820 Shirts Sold
4 events Hosted by the Chamber: Astronomy Night, Totality Tailgate, Moon Over Meeks & Viewing at the IP
Nearly $4,000 raised for Civic Clubs and the Recreation Department
Estimated economic Impact: $200,000+
Who knew that a couple of minutes in total darkness would have such a bright impact on our community?
This Thursday, September 21, Blairsville will host four heads of sovereign nations while commemorating their peoples as the original inhabitants of Union County and North Georgia. The focal point of the project is the unveiling of a bronze statue by nationally renowned Pawnee/Cherokee artist, Daniel Horsechief of Sallissaw, Oklahoma. The statue, a ten foot bronze of a stick ball player, will serve as a permanent memorial to the Native Peoples that once called north Georgia home and their descendants.
The We Are Still Here Committee, a community project that began under the auspices of Leadership Union, is working closely with the tribal officials of the United Keetoowah Band, the Cherokee Nation and the Muskogee-Creek Nations all of Oklahoma, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina. This unveiling is particularly historic as it marks the return of the descendants of the Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee Indians to the north Georgia Mountains since the signing of the Treaty of the Cherokee Agency at Calhoun, Georgia 200 years ago.
This event has attracted attention far and wide, as a full-length documentary about the project (and the fact that the Nations would return for the first time in 200 years) has been made, an all native nations singing group has pledged that they would be here for the unveiling, and stickball teams from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians would be coming for the event as well. You don’t want to miss this historic unveiling, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Meeks Park on Thursday, September 21.
We may be nearing the end of the season, but there are still a few weeks left to experience the Union County Farmers Market! Check out this awesome video about our fabulous Farmers Market:
Upcoming events at the Union County Farmers Market:
September 19th – Beans, Greens & Cornbread
September 23rd – Butternut Creek Vegetable contest
September 30th – Celebrate Youth & Agriculture
October 7th – Blue Ridge Sweetness
October 17th – Simply Soup Night
October 21st – Biscuits & Jam
October 28th – Pumpkin Carving Contest
Looking to hit the links in Blairsville? You’re in luck! Golfers of all skill levels can play a round at one of the exceptional courses in our area surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. Set your tee time today for an unforgettable 18-hole experience!
Butternut Creek Golf Course Located in Downtown Blairsville and owned and operated by the Union County Recreation Department, this unique course features rolling slopes and water challenges surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.
Brasstown Valley Golf Course This beautifully maintained course located in Young Harris winds through wildlife preserves, ponds, and streams. Five sets of tees make this course welcoming for players at every skill level.
Disc Golf at Meeks Park For those who prefer frisbees to a set of clubs, there is an amazing Disc Golf course in Meeks Park.
Ready to get out there? Contact the courses directly for more information about pricing and scheduling.