Thursday, October 15, 2009

This Weekend in Georgia

There's a lot going on this weekend; let's get right to it!

Dahlonega's Gold Rush Days
Saturday, October 17 - Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega's Gold Rush Days are held annually on the third weekend in October. The Dahlonega Jaycees, organizers of the event, tell us thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega's 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement. For more information, check out the website. The Georgia Traveler crew visited last year's festival; look for that episode to air later this October on Georgia Public Broadcasting as we launch our first season in HD!

Lockerly Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Milledgeville, Georgia

As the season changes, this event is a great opportunity to bring family and friends out to enjoy a Fall day of history, handcrafts and hospitality on the lovely lawns surrounding the arboretum’s circa 1839 Greek Revival mansion, Lockerly Hall. New this year is the Fall Plant Sale! Also don't miss the free horse-drawn wagon rides through the grounds, musical entertainment, Civil War encampment, tours of the mansion and ladies in period dress, basket weaving demonstrations, quilting, fabric weaving, or story telling! For more details, check out Lockerly Arboretum's website. Georgia Traveler visited Lockerly Hall during production of the upcoming third season. Keep an eye on GPB for air dates and times.

Georgia Peanut Festival
October 17, 2009
T.C. Jeffords Park, Sylvester, Georgia

Plains, Georgia is world-famous for both its peanut production and producing the Peanut President, Jimmy Carter! The Georgia Peanut Festival was created to celebrate this rich heritage, and to promote the peanut. This year's festival features a one mile fun run, a 5K road race, a parade, arts and crafts, a beauty contest, and much more! Here's the festival's website for more details.

And those are just a few of the ways you can get out there and enjoy Georgia! For more ideas, visit the Explore Georgia website operated by our production partners at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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