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Community Events

Habersham County has a variety of festivals and events that are sure to please almost everyone. The Events Calendar contains the dates and times for many of the annual events listed below, as well as many other classes and activities (not listed below) that can provide hours of enjoyment for young and old alike. Plan your schedule today!

Information on any of these events may also be obtained by contacting:

Habersham County Chamber of Commerce
800-835-2559 or 706-778-4654
www.habershamchamber.com

April


Tallulah Falls Whitewater Festival: Watch boaters brave the cascading Tallulah River and enjoy the outdoor marketplace, live music, food, kids' activities, exotic animals, and arts and crafts show. This one-day festival is usually held on the first Saturday of the first white water (boater) release in April.

Tallulah Gorge State Park Boater Water Releases: The first two weekends in April are special for professional kayakers and nature lovers alike. Come watch kayakers as they negotiate the Tallulah River during these special water releases.

Tallulah Gorge State Park Aesthetic Water Releases: These water releases during the last two weekends in April enhance visitors' enjoyment of the gorge.

Georgia Cities' Week Celebration: Children's activities, such as games and contests, are part of the local festivities, along with food and having an all-around good time.

March of Dimes WalkAmerica: This fundraiser helps the March of Dimes continue with its mission of saving babies from birth defects and infant mortality.

May


Tallulah Gorge State Park Aesthetic Water Releases: Enjoy three more weekends of aesthetic water releases during this month.

Mountain Laurel Festival: Live entertainment, children's activities (rides and games), food, arts and crafts, antiques, parade, music, dancing.

Kids' Fishing Rodeo: Fishing fun for kids ages 2 to 15.

Franklin Farm Day: Old-fashioned farm day with demonstrations of farming methods and equipment and other fun activities.

June


Relay for Life: This fundraising event for the American Cancer Society includes food, fun and entertainment.

July


Demorest Fourth of July: An all-day celebration featuring a variety of music, kids' games in the park, horseshoe tournament, food, and parade.

August


Big E (Elvis Presley) Festival: This festival features Elvis impersonators, food, and a tour of the Elvis museum at the Loudermilk Boarding House Museum.

Antique Auto Show: This three-day show features a large flea market with antique car parts, arts and crafts, antique collectables, and a cruise-in, besides the vehicles on display. Trophies are awarded for different classes of vehicles.

September


Tallulah Gorge State Park Aesthetic Water Releases: The aesthetic water releases every weekend in September provide another opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Tallulah Gorge.

Chattahoochee Mountain Fair: Exhibits, livestock, carnival, food, fun--what more could you ask? Usually lasts a week or more.

Turnerville Reunion: New and former residents who have lived or have relatives who lived in Turnerville are invited to the Turnerville Reunion the third weekend in September.

October


Tallulah Gorge State Park Aesthetic Water Releases: The aesthetic water releases continue in October, twice a week on Wednesday and Friday and on the last weekend of the month.

Appalachian Harvest: Farming practices from a bygone era include plowing with draft horses and planting crops by way of early settlers. Honey harvesting, old-time food preservation, coal cooking, butter churning, cider pressing, mule-pulled buggy rides, and tractor-pulled hay rides also highlight this annual event.

Big Red Apple Festival: Arts and crafts and food, in a setting of fall colors and cool days, make the one-day Big Red Apple Festival an outdoor event not to be missed. Held on the first Saturday in October.

Historic Batesville Days: The third Saturday in October Batesville hosts festivities that include a cake walk, story-telling, bluegrass music, gifts, crafts, raffles, carriage rides, barbecue, and a turkey shoot! Man-made targets, not real birds, are used in the turkey shoot.

Trick or Treat on the Square: This family-oriented Halloween party on the Historic Downtown Square in Clarkesville features treats, a costume contest, music, food, and other activities geared towards providing a night of safe family fun.

November


Tallulah Gorge State Park Boater Water Releases: For three weekends in November Tallulah River's water levels are increased to provide hours of enjoyment for professional kayakers and sightseers alike.

Demorest Women's Club Christmas Tree Wonderland: Highlights (for 2002) include trees decorated by florists, a gift bazaar, and a silent auction for a Department 56 Christmas piece.

December


Demorest Christmas Tree Lighting: Singing by local church choirs, a narrated Christmas story, and a visit by Santa Claus, along with snacks, highlight this one-day event.

Tallulah Falls Christmas Celebration: A one-day celebration featuring a parade, live bluegrass band, refreshments, bake sale, bonfire, Santa Claus, and lighting of the Floating Christmas Tree.

Foothills Guild Art Show: Meet local artists and enjoy the refreshments provided during this tour of local art studios.

Christmas Parade: Alternating from year-to-year between Cornelia and Clarkesville, this parade features floats, fire trucks, horses, marching bands, and Santa Claus.

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