Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2018 - 30
Georgia's Rock City hosts bagpipers at Shamrock City (upper left)
in March and features fall fun with Rocktoberfest. Watch for West
Virginia's Official Bridge Day (right), coming up in October.
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old-time mountain music (mtrogersvfd-rs.com).
In Georgia, the Indian Summer Festival arrives at Woody Gap
School in Union County on Oct.
6-7 with pottery, leather and folk art
(indiansummerfestival.org). The Fall
Arts in the Park at the city park in
Blue Ridge, Georgia, on Oct. 13-14
(blueridgearts.net) features food and
fall colors. A week later, the Paws
in the Park Festival features a pet
parade of cats, dogs, horses and llamas in the city park of Blue Ridge on
Oct. 20 (706-632-5224).
You can check out the Royston
Fall Festival for food, fireworks and
crafts on Oc. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., in
Royston, Georgia (706-245-7577).
In Virginia, on Oct. 13-14, you'll
find art and music at the Wise
County Famous Fall Fling near
the Virginia-Kentucky border at
Wise, Virginia (wisefallfling.com).
Mash the gas en route to LaFollette, Tennessee, to find the Big
Creek Fall ATV Festival on Oct.
Do you want to experience
Germany in Georgia? Well, the
Alpine-esque town of Helen holds
its biggest celebration, Oktoberfest, with German music, food and
drinks (helenchamber.com) on weekends in September then every day
from Sept. 27 to Oct. 28.
Down in Tennessee, Ober
Gatlinburg (865-436-5423) is also
hosting Oktoberfest, Oct. 1-30.
On the outskirts of Chattanooga,
you can even find Rocktoberfest
at Rock City atop Lookout Mountain, Georgia, on Saturdays and
Sundays in October (seerockcity.com).
Dollywood's Harvest Festival
runs Sept. 28 to Nov. 3 at Pigeon
Forge, Tennessee, with the Great
Pumpkin LumiNights (dollywood.
com) and a mix of Southern gospel
Also in Tennessee, enter Erwin
for its Unicoi County Apple Festival, held Oct. 5-6, with about 350
crafters amid a crowd that sometimes soars to 100,000 (unicoicounty.
org). Nearby, you can check out the
big tents of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough,
Tennessee, for unforgettable outdoor programs by various voices
plus late-night performances for
adults and ghost story concerts on
Oct. 5-7 (storytellingcenter.net).
Discover the Spartanburg International Festival for recognition of the diverse population of
Spartanburg, South Carolina, on
Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Barnet Park
In Elkins, West, Virginia, the
Mountain State Forest Festival
runs Sept. 29-Oct. 7 as a celebration
of prudent development and conservation (forestfestival.com).
Also in West Virginia: Taste of
Our Towns can be found at Lewisburg on Oct. 13 with live music and
culinary creations (carnegiehallwv.
At mid-October, it's time for
leaves to change. So, on Oct. 12-14,
look for the Autumn Leaves Festival at Mount Airy, North Carolina,
to see more than 200 craftsmen. You
can also Fall for Greenville-and
indulge in the flavors of more than
200 menu items-in South Carolina
on Oct. 12-14 (fallforgreenville.com).
About 100 creators of crafts line
the streets of historic Newbern, Virginia, in Pulaski County on Oct. 1314 for the Newbern Fall Festival