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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.

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

Mtn Heritage

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.

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Fun Family Activities in Blairsville

When you hear the phrase “family fun”, what comes to mind may be the stress, long days, and lots of money. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Blairsville has activities for all ages that are free and don’t require detailed scheduling. We’ve compiled five free activities so you can spend less time thinking about time and money, and more time enjoying the beautiful North Georgia mountains with your family!

Outside adventure: Picnic and a hike
When planning a trip to North Georgia, take some time to enjoy all the picturesque nature sites. There are so many free activities waiting for you just outside your door. Helton Creek Falls is south of Blairsville off of Hwy 19/129. This hike is only 0.6 miles long, perfect for kids of any age. Be sure to pack a lunch because the falls offer a great site for a picnic. See more options at our spring hikes guide [insert link to spring hikes guide blog when available].

Learn something new: Alpaca Farms
Spend an afternoon getting to know an animal not common to North Georgia, Alpacas. At the Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm or Jerae’s Unity Alpacas you can do just that. Be sure to stop by the gift stores for a selection of handcrafted jewelry and products made from Alpaca fiber. Entrance is free to both farms, but donations are welcomed. For both locations, please call or email ahead to make an appointment.

Treasure hunt: Geocaching
Geocaching has become an international pastime for family fun. Using a GPS device, enter in coordinates and follow the clues to a hidden cache. This is a fun way to get to know a new area, or appreciate all that your own neighborhood has to offer. There are plenty of Geocaches to discover in Blairsville, including one that takes you in and around the Union County Public Library.

Relax on the water: Lake trip
Lake Nottely offers a breathtaking alpine experience for residents and visitors just northwest of Blairsville. Or stay on shore and have a picnic at one of the parks surrounding the lake. Another option is Lake Winfield Scott which offers hiking, swimming, boating, and camping year round.

Fun times at the festival
In a tight community like Blairsville, there are festivals all year round where you can enjoy local crafters, fair food, and activities for the whole family (though not everything at these festivals is free). Check out our Festivals page for more information on upcoming festivals.

 

Blairsville Connect

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Several months ago, I introduced the concept of podcasting in this weekly article. For those unfamiliar, a podcast is similar to a radio program in that it is a broadcast; however, they differ in that a podcast is an online, prerecorded radio program over the Internet that consists of audio or video files. The format can be anything from audiobooks and poetry to sports commentaries and more.   The topics are unlimited and can satisfy almost any inquisitive mind. It was also at that time that we introduced Blairsville Connect, a podcast forum dedicated to connecting listeners with today’s business and civic leaders in the Blairsville-Union County area.

Since the launch of Blairsville Connect in February of this year, almost 30 local businesses and organizations have had the opportunity to introduce themselves to our listeners. We have covered a wide range of topics including real estate, restaurants, festivals, and attractions. Listeners have learned about new businesses in the area and ones that they may not yet have discovered. They have also been given tips on accessorizing a wardrobe, how to select the best wine to pair with your meal, and the health benefits of reflexology. A lot is happening on Blairsville Connect. Are you listening?

You can hear past and future episodes by visiting www.BlairsvilleConnect.com or by liking the Chamber on facebook at www.facebook.com/blairsvillechamber. For the more tech savvy readers, our podcasts are also available on iTunes. No matter which way you choose to listen, we hope you will plan to join us each week and connect with the people who make our community so great.

Blairsville Connect is a collaborative effort of Ben Boykin with Emergent Interactive, Sammy Ensley with Double Knob Entertainment and the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to learn more about podcasting or have a particular topic you would like us to discuss, please contact the Chamber at 706-745-5789 or me directly at President@BlairsvilleChamber.com.