Toccoa Harvest Festival
Name: Toccoa Harvest Festival
Date: November 2, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
It is time for the 37th Annual Toccoa Harvest Festival. This year it will be held November 2 - 3, 2013, in historic downtown Toccoa. Enjoy music and dancing while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of fall mingling with roasting peanuts, mulling spices, and regional and international foods! There will be more than 150 craft and food vendors. All crafts will be "homemade, home baked, or home grown", featuring jewelry, wind chimes, candles, soaps, hand crocheted items, wreaths, wooden birdhouses and much more. There will be a wide range of mouth-watering foods including homemade cakes and fried pies, funnel cakes, peanuts, Asian, Greek, and Cajun style entrees, Bar-B-Q and all American offerings as well!
There will be entertainment on two stages throughout the festival. The Chattahoochee Chain Gang will perform on Saturday at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. The group has quickly become one of the hottest new Americana-Bluegrass bands in the South. Their style incorporates traditional blue grass instrumentation, and infuses it with blues, Americana, folk, and country. CCG music features melodic mandolin run and soulful blues licks that are mixed with neo-traditional banjo, slap bass, and a variety of Americana style percussion. Chattahoochee Chain Gang has a remarkable way of making traditional bluegrass more appealing to the modern world. They will be performing at Stage One on Saturday, November 2 from 2:00 – 3:00.
Another popular bluegrass group is coming back this year: the Georgia Highlanders. This group started in 2010 with well-seasoned musicians: Mark WhiteHead on guitar and vocals, Gary Welborn on banjo and vocals, Zack Cash on upright bass and vocals, and Ken Ensley on the mandolin and vocals. The group is from Cleveland, Georgia. They will be performing from 4:00 – 5:00 on Saturday, November 2 at Stage One.
This year the Harvest Festival is pleased to welcome again the Plainsmen, an American Indian drum and dance group. The group often presents dances that are not even performed often at powwows! The Plainsmen specialize in the hoop dance and eagle dance. The Plainsmen will perform on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Browse the downtown antique market as well as an eclectic array of shops including antiques, gifts, art, collectibles, clothing, sportswear, and home accessories. See the Currahee Artist Guild show and sale on West Doyle Street. For children the festival will offer face painting, Atlanta Puppet, train rides, and free buggy rides as well as a rock-climbing wall, inflatables, and a mechanical bull.
The Toccoa Harvest Festival is from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and opens at 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Don't miss the fall fun at Toccoa Harvest Festival! For more information call the Toccoa Main Street office at 706-282-3309.