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Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival 2017

Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival 2017

This Memorial Day weekend, celebrate arts, crafts, and music from around our region at the annual Blairsville Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival! Taking place on Blairsville’s historic Town Square, there will be over 60 arts and crafts vendors to visit, yummy mountain fair food available for purchase, and lots of great bluegrass, gospel, and country music for you to enjoy. While you’re downtown, be sure to stop in the quaint shops and delicious restaurants on the square.

The Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival will take place from 10am to 5pm on May 27th and 28th. Learn more about the festival at www.visitblairsvillega.com/fun-things-to-do-in-blairsville-ga/festivals/.

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Spring Festival Season 2017

Spring has finally sprung and so has festival season in Blairsville-Union County! With the warmer weather upon us activities abound in these here hills. 

Make sure you don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th. Several restaurants around town will have specials so you can treat your Mom and make sure she knows how important she is to you. Later that week on Thursday, May 18th the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Buy Local Extravaganza! This is an opportunity for Union County businesses to showcase themselves and to remind residents how important it is to Buy Local. The event will be held at North Georgia Technical College with FREE parking, FREE admission, and something for every member of the family to enjoy from 4pm-7pm.

Saturday, May 20th features an Armed Forces Day celebration in Downtown Blairsville at 11am. In the afternoon, enjoy the sounds of the flamenco guitar as only Curtis Jones can play them at Paradise Hills Winery. End your day perusing classic cars at the Cruise In on the Square hosted by the Blairsville Cruisers. This is a great way to enjoy the Downtown Blairsville area dining around town, shopping at the stores, and enjoying music in a lively atmosphere!

May wraps up with the 2017 Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival! On Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th from 10am to 5pm, downtown Blairsville will be bustling with arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, an endless amount of musical performances, quaint shops to visit, restaurants to sample and the friendliest people in the mountains! Saturday morning there will be a Memorial Day Parade at 10am and immediately following will be the first annual North Georgia Bed Race benefiting Habitat for Humanity. It is going to be a hoot and a half, y’all!

For more outdoor fun consider exploring a waterfall, visiting Vogel State Park, or hiking up to Brasstown Bald – Georgia’s highest peak! The Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce is happy to help build you a custom itinerary. For local area information, lodging, and additional upcoming events please stop by The Welcome Center located in the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road, or call 706-745-5789, or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.

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Dream Big in 2017!

What are your goals and dreams for this year? Are you looking to spend more time with your family, get outside, or be more active? Are your goals more business oriented, like lowering your overhead, improving your workforce, or growing more overall? The good news is that you can achieve both your family and business goals right here in Blairsville!

Perfect for Families
Blairsville-Union County is perfect for families! Why not live in your dream location knowing that your family has access to everything they need to grow and thrive? We’ve got everything the suburbs can offer you and more! Our top-rated school system can provide your children with an education that will equip them for the future and our award-winning hospital can handle all of your medical needs.

Aside from the lakes, trails, and mountains perfect for outdoor play, our incredible parks provide more chances for playing in the greater outdoors than you would ever have in the “big city”! There’s always something to do here, with many festivals and special events perfect for every member of the family. Our fantastic food scene has options to please every palate, from down-home southern to farm-to-table sophistication. You’d be hard-pressed to find a higher quality of life for you and your family anywhere else!

Business Friendly
Blairsville-Union County’s business friendly environment makes it easy to start, relocate, or open a new location. We want your business to grow and succeed, so you’ll find a host of helpful individuals and tons of great resources from the city, county, and chamber of commerce to help you get up and running. From paperwork to ribbon cutting and beyond, we’re here for you.

Blairsville-Union County has the resources to help your business thrive! Looking for the perfect location? We have a wide variety of locations available – from business parks and build-from-scratch to beautiful and historic downtown spaces, we can accommodate businesses of all sizes and industries. Need the right staff? Our skilled and qualified workforce is ready to start whenever you are. Need top-notch internet speeds? Our world-class broadband can handle just about anything. Proximity to big cities a must? Blairsville is centrally located to several southeastern hubs. We’re just a couple hours from cities like Atlanta, Greenville, Chattanooga, Charlotte, and more!

Make those dreams and goals a reality this year! Contact us to get the ball rolling on making 2017 the best year yet for your family and business!

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Top 10 things to do in Blairsville-Union County for 2017

  1. Eat collard greens & black eyed peas
    After all, it’s a southern tradition. Eat these as your first meal for the New Year and you will increase your luck and prosperity for the year ahead. Let the Chamber connect you with local farmers so all your meals are sure to be fresh.
  2. Hike Brasstown Bald
    Experience the wonders of nature at 4,784 feet above sea level. Get your blood pumping and oxygen flowing through your lungs with this moderate difficulty 0.6 mile Summit hike.
  3. Wear a kilt at the Scottish Festival
    You don’t have to be Scottish to wear a kilt. Find out your tartan colors, enjoy the Highland Games and nosh on some Scottish delicacies the second weekend in June.
  4. Fly fish on the Nottely River
    Brown trout, rainbow trout, and native trout are abundant in our freshwater mountain streams. Stop by Southern Highroads Outfitter shop for some flies and a pole and head out to the headwaters of the Nottely River, Coopers Creek, or Rock Creek for premier trout fishing.
  5. Sip Moonshine
    You can’t visit the south without tasting our famous moonshine. Grandaddy Mimms’ moonshine recipe has been passed down through the generations since the days of prohibition. Swing by the moonshine museum and learn about the history of this beverage.
  6. Take a garden tour at GMREC
    Meander through a .25 mile loop of The Woodland Medicine Trail and discover numerous woodland wildflowers, herbs, fern and shrubs that were used extensively by Native Americans and early settlers. Then enjoy the Ethnobotanic Gardens containing plants that were harvested and often cultivated by early inhabitants of the region for medicinal, food, and craft uses.
  7. Get wet at Helton Creek Falls
    A rock slide for the kids and a veil of water to stand behind make Helton Creek Falls a must do activity for the young and young at heart. A short hike allows you to explore the beauty of both the upper and lower falls of Helton Creek.
  8. Enjoy some grits & boiled peanuts
    Highway 129 South hosts Logan Turnpike Mill and Sunrise Grocery, home to the best stone ground grits and world famous boiled peanuts, respectively. Grab a couple of bags of each and enjoy with your family and friends.
  9. Discover past & present ghosts
    History is alive in Union County. With abundant heritage tracking resources at the Union County Public Library, the Historic Courthouse on the Square, and a plethora of cemeteries, exploring your heritage back to the pre-Civil War era is a great way to connect with the past.
  10. Sop up some sorghum biscuits
    Nothing says Union County like the sweet smell of sorghum syrup cooking. Join the festivities of the Blairsville Sorghum Festival the second and third weekends in October for biscuit sopping, pole climbing, rock throwing, horseshoe throwing, and log sawing fun!

For more information about any of the above or various other activities available in Blairsville-Union County, please contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789, online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com, or by visiting the Welcome Center inside the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road.

 

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‘Twas the month before Christmas

‘Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the town
People were shopping and running around
The smart ones bought local, and others online
There were some amazing hot deals from the Chamber you see
Some are 50% off and some are Buy One, Get One Free!

Hometown Holiday Shopping is just before Thanksgiving
With 31 participating businesses, you’ll see how much you’re saving.
In early December there is a Stop and Shop at the Civic Center.
Get your coats and gloves out, because now it’s winter.
During that time, we are proud to say
The Kris Kringle Market will be under way.
From crafters and vendors and lots of live music,
enjoy a s’more, see Santa, it’s really therapeutic.

The Tour of Trees can be seen at the Union County Community Center
The doors are open 7 days a week so feel free to enter.
The Historical Courthouse has plenty to see
With an Open House, Christmas Parade and concerts for free!
Trees will be lit from Blairsville to Vogel
Christmas is simply a great time to be a Union County local.

Our favorite event of the year
is the Holly Jolly Christmas,
An event that is filled with cheer.
There will be games, refreshments and trees
but best of all is Mr. and Mrs. Claus
for all the big and little kids to see.

Festive and fun with savings galore
There’s even Caroling on the Square,
Blairsville-Union County has it all!
There is so much around you can’t even perceive it
Blairsville-Union County – Believe It!

Hometown Holiday Shopping – November 17th, 18th, & 19th
Three days of holiday shopping excitement and savings from your favorite Chamber member businesses! For more information, visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.

Tour of Trees – December 1-31, 9am-5pm, Union County Community Center
Over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths by local businesses on display throughout the Union County Community Center.

Blairsville Stop and Shop – Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd from 11am – 7pm at the Union County Civic Center.
There will be over 50 home-based business vendors there to cover all your shopping needs.  SANTA CLAUS WILL BE THERE FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 5PM – 7PM. For more information, contact Sharon Penner at 770-789-2044.

Kris Kringle Market – Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-3pm at the Union County Farmers Market.
Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, Children’s Area, more than 60 Vendors with Produce, Crafts, Art, Handmade Gifts & Delicious Food Creations, Roast Chestnuts, Sing Carols, Sit on Santa’s Lap, Warm up by a Bonfire with S’mores. For more information, visit www.UCFarmersMarket.com

Christmas Parade/Open House/Pictures with Santa – Saturday, December 3rd, Downtown Blairsville.
Restored Butt-Mock House (1906) at the Mountain Life Museum Center open house from 11am-4pm. Included in the Open House will be the Payne Cabin (1861) which represents Union County life in the mid-1800’s. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Enjoy cookies, cakes and drinks! All of the exhibits at The Old Courthouse will be open during the day. Pictures with Santa are from 1-3 in the Historic Courthouse, the Christmas Parade with the arrival of Santa Claus is at 4pm, the Tree Lighting Ceremony on The Square to follow the parade.

Concerts at the Courthouse:
Friday, December 2nd – North Georgia Symphony
Friday, December 9th – Christmas Handbell Ringing with The Valley River Ringers
Friday, December 16th – Special Christmas Concert with W. Gordon Graff
For more information, visit www.UnionCountyHistory.org

Holly Jolly Christmas – Saturday, December 10th, 3pm-6pm, Union County Community Center.
Beautiful decorated trees, face painting, storytelling, children’s crafts, Santa Claus, and refreshments. For more information, visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park – Saturday, December 10th, 4pm-7pm
Enjoy the tree lighting, caroling, hayrides, a bonfire, and Santa Clause!

Caroling on the Square – Tuesday, December 20th, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Downtown Blairsville.
Join us for some old-fashioned Christmas Caroling in downtown Blairsville. Sing with us or sit and enjoy the sounds of the season! For more information, visit www.downtownblairsville.com

For more ideas on winter activities and detailed local area information including dining, lodging, and upcoming event information please stop by The Welcome Center located in the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road, call 706-745-5789, email tourism@blairsvillechamber.com or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.

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Beautiful Downtown Blairsville!

Blairsville-Union County is widely known as an outdoor destination, and for good reason! There are countless opportunities for outdoor exploration, recreation, and relaxation. With that said, there’s far more to Blairsville than the great outdoors, like our beautiful downtown district. This inviting and thriving area of our town is host to many businesses, shops, restaurants, museums, attractions, and special events while preserving the character and heritage that makes Blairsville so special.

For locals, downtown is a central place in the community to get a coffee, grab a bite to eat, and do business – it’s easy to be on a first-name basis with just about everybody! For tourists, downtown Blairsville boasts fantastic local shops and restaurants as well as museums and historic places just ready to be explored. For businesses, it’s a picturesque centralized location with sites that would suit the needs of several types of businesses and lots of foot traffic. There are also lots of festivals and special events that take place on the Square, including the Downtown Spring Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival, the Memorial Day Parade, Corner Concerts, Outdoor Movie nights, the Sorghum Parade, Hometown Halloween on the Square, the Christmas Parade, and much more. There really is something for everyone!

The revitalization and resurgence of Downtown Blairsville has taken place largely due to the efforts of the Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville. Thanks to the hard work of Program Manager Darren Harper, the DDA Board of Directors, committee chairs, and many amazing community volunteers, Blairsville was recognized as a Georgia Better Hometown in 2007. That spirit of collaboration remains as many of the businesses inhabiting the area share a tight-knit kinship, feeding patronage and business to each other instead of engaging in bitter competition. While our gorgeous Downtown Square is certainly a wonderful area for businesses to thrive and for tourists and visitors to enjoy, it’s also a compelling reminder of how Blairsville-Union County is a community of dedicated individuals and organizations who work together to make our area a wonderful place to live, work, and visit.

Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer Festival

During the first full weekend of October, the Indian Summer Festival takes place in Suches, North Georgia, just 30 minutes from Blairsville. The festival is held at Woody Gap School – Georgia’s smallest public school. Over the weekend, attendees can enjoy all the family fun that the festival has to offer. Events include a 10k and 5k run, car show, crafts, music and dance performances, and other family activities.

Some notable events include the Run Above the Clouds 10k and 5k run on Saturday. Racers will run a challenging, but scenic, trail through the North Georgia mountains. There’s also a 1-mile fun run over a mostly flat course. There is also a Country Square Dance with a live band on Saturday evening starting at 8pm. Tickets for the dance are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Proceeds from the runs and dance will benefit the Woody Gap School and help provide educational resources. The elementary students also participate in the arts festival with performances.

The fun continues with the crowning of the King and Queen, clogging performances, an auction, and performances of North Georgia mountain music. Also, Mountain Rangers will give a thrilling demonstration of hand-to-hand combat, as well an an archery demonstration. In between performances, be sure to take time to browse the wonderful vendor booths set up on the grounds. There you can view and purchase handcrafted pottery, leather crafts, folk art, jewelry and more. Admission for the Indian Summer Festival is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and free for kids under six. Parking is free.

Don’t miss this weekend of family fun in Suches!

Location & Contact:
Woody Gap School
3736 GA Hwy 60
Suches, GA 30572
706-747-2401

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Fall, Festivals, and Fun!

The Autumnal Equinox, signifying the first day of fall, is this month on September 22 to be exact. The summer has just flown by and now Blairsville-Union County is gearing up for fresh autumn days, falling leaves, and FESTIVALS!

Here’s a quick rundown of upcoming events: The Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild will host their annual  on Saturday & Sunday, September 17th & 18th from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sunday at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville Campus. The Indian Summer Festival brings The Valley Above the Clouds alive in Suches. Arts, crafts, music and more await you on the first weekend in October, Saturday & Sunday, October 1st & 2nd from 9am-5pm. Georgia’s most beloved state park, Vogel State Park, will host the Fall Hoedown on October 15th from 12pm-7pm.

The 47th annual Sorghum Festival will be held in Blairsville at Meeks Park for two continuous weekends: October 8-9 and October 15-16 from 9am-5pm. Experience one of the most unique traditions in North Georgia – cookin’ sorghum syrup. Live demonstrations on how sorghum syrup was made years ago is the highlight of the festival, but you can also see how an old still makes White Lightening (moonshine). This popular festival will also showcase local arts and crafts, delicious treats and other assorted food vendors, a kids’ area, live music, and of course sorghum syrup.  All weekend you can enter a Biskit’ Eating contest and sop up as many sorghum drenched biscuits as possible. You can also participate in Pole Climbin’, Rock Throwin’, Horseshoe Pitchin’, and Log Sawin’.

Your family can’t ask for a more economical, fun weekend event. Sorghum Festival admission is $4 per person and kids under 12 are FREE. Free parking and shuttles will be available both weekends. Saturday, October 8th the Sorghum Festival Parade will roll through town at 11am with this year’s theme as “Bring Out the Kids…”. You may also choose to finish up your Saturday evenings (Oct. 8th & 15th) with traditional square dancing, an Appalachian tradition, at 8pm in the old middle school gym. Don’t worry, we’ll give you directions! Finally, for all you car lovers the Good Neighbors Car Show will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 8am¬4pm at United Community Bank. Enjoy more than 200 collector and antique cars.

For more information on all these great events, future upcoming events, dining, shopping, and lodging call the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789, email tourism@blairsvillechamber.com, or go online to www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.

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Ch ch ch changes…

The seasons change, the years change, the days change, and time changes. With the summer drawing to a close, we can look forward to the crisp autumn and its beautiful colors. And as Blairsville-Union County grows and changes there are many new and exciting things ahead. New restaurants are opening, new retail stores are coming and new tourism assets are being developed.

Listed below are many activities perfect for getting back outside with your friends and family this fall.

Lake Nottely Bike & Hike Trail
The Tennessee Valley Authority in conjunction with Union County have created a mountain biking and hiking trail along the banks of Lake Nottely. As the path develops, picnic spots will be created along with varied levels of difficulty on the 1- 1.5 mile bike/hike loops. The access point, if you are heading west, is just past Nottely Dam on the left.

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The new season brings a new crop of festivals and events to experience and enjoy. At this fall’s Mountain Heritage and Sorghum Festivals, you can find yourself fully immersed in arts, crafts, heritage, and music. These are only a few select highlights; there are many more great festivals and events to choose from. A complete listing is available under the Event Calendar on www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com or you can pick up a hard copy in the Welcome Center.

History Trail
The Union County History Trail is a newly developed trail that highlights seventeen of Union County’s oldest landmarks and businesses for you to explore. Whether you are interested in tracing your roots at the Historic Courthouse or sampling some of the deliciousness at Logan Turnpike Mill, the History Trail meanders through Union County with historic and educational locations along the way.

Outdoor wonders
We are fortunate to have the Appalachian Trail and a variety of hiking trails branching off from the AT right in our back yard. Before you know it, the lakes will be back to full pool offering all of your favorite watersports like boating, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Pack a picnic lunch and choose a new hike that you haven’t explored yet.

A full hiking trail guide and fishing guides are available for download on www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com or you can pick up a hard copy in the Welcome Center. Another great tool is to download the FREE North Georgia Waterfall app for IOS and Android. The app will let you search both waterfalls and points of interests in 9 North Georgia Mountain Communities including Blairsville-Union County.

North Georgia Farm Trail
This jewel of a trail allows visitors and residents to enjoy the agricultural aspects of not only Union County but also of our friends along the Georgia Mountain Parkway in Jasper, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Hiawassee, and of course beautiful Blairsville. From farm to table restaurants, farmers markets, u-pick vineyards, alpaca farms and more, the North Georgia Farm Trail has stops for everyone to enjoy. You can pick up your copy of the North Georgia Farm Trail in any of the Welcome Centers along Highway 76 or flip through the digital guide at www.gafarmtrail.com.

Playtime
Blairsville-Union County has a new playground including swings at Meeks Park for the youngsters to enjoy along with a new splash pad for the toddlers to play in by the community swimming pool. Poteete Creek Campground has a new playground for the young campers or daytime swimmers to frolic on. Very soon Union County will have our very own shooting range for the rifle team and BB gun teams along with the general public to target practice in a safe and controlled environment.

One thing that never changes is the beauty of this humble town. As a mecca for outdoor lovers, a sanctuary for retirees, a strong business environment for established and up and coming businesses, and the most ideal place to raise a family; Blairsville-Union County has it all. Believe It.

For more ideas on activities and events or detailed local area information including dining, lodging, and shopping information, please stop by The Welcome Center located in the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road, call 706-745-5789, email tourism@blairsvillechamber.com, or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.

 

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Mountain Heritage Festival

The Mountain Heritage Festival brings together both natural and cultural heritage in the beautiful town of Blairsville, Georgia. Natural heritage is depicted through resources like the mountain laurel growing through the woods, farmers sowing their land, and the variety of animals that thrive in the beautiful mountain landscape. The cultural roots run deep through Union County and are showcased through music, quilting, and the native’s way of life.

The Union County Historical Society is the number one resource to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Blairsville-Union County. Ran solely through the dedication of volunteers and funded only by donations, their four museums – the Historical Courthouse, the Mock-Butt House, the Payne Cabin, and the Haralson/Carr Law Office contain documentations, artifacts, and tons of genealogy. You can learn more about the Union County Historical Society by visiting their website at www.UnionCountyHistory.org or by visiting in person Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm and Saturdays from 11am-3pm.

On Labor Day weekend, a great mountain arts and crafts festival that showcases living history activities and demonstrations for the young and the young at heart alike will take place in the Mountain Life Museum, located just one block south of the Blairsville Square. On both Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th from 9am to 5pm you can enjoy many different musical performances both on stage at the Mock House and at the Historic Courthouse, the children can pet farm animals and participate in gold panning activities, and everyone can enjoy some of the best mountain food while you shop for handcrafted treasures.

For local area information including dining, lodging, and upcoming event information please stop by The Welcome Center located in the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road, call 706-745-5789, or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.