Posted: Sunday, July 22nd 2012 at 11:18am
62nd Georgia Mountain Fair under way in Hiawassee
By Rob Moore Editor
A line of antique vehicles stretched all the way through Hiawassee Saturday morning. (Photo/Rob Moore)
HIAWASSEE – Thousands lined Highway 76 from downtown Hiawassee to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Saturday morning for the annual Georgia Mountain Fair Parade.
The event featured floats, a variety of antique automobiles, entries from local businesses, politicians, emergency vehicles, and numerous equestrian entries.
Grand marshals for the event were area veterans, who filled a variety of vehicles for the event.
The parade is held on opening weekend of the annual fair, which continues daily through July 29.
In addition to a juried arts and crafts show, carnival rides, and nationally-known country and Gospel music performers, the fair features demonstrations of old-time skills, such as blacksmithing, soap making, moonshine making, and hominy making.
The fairgrounds also feature a heritage village, which includes the following restored buildings: a general store, blacksmith shop, a repair shop, a one-room schoolhouse, and an “old mountain home.”
New this year is the Paris/Anderson Park, located inside the fairgrounds. The new facility was built in honor of Elois Anderson and Dick Paris for their dedication to the city of Hiawassee for many years. The park includes a new stage and will feature musical performers throughout the fair’s duration.
Tickets for the Georgia Mountain Fair are $5 gate admission (music shows not included), $10 music show tickets (gate admission required), $2 parking. Children under 10 are admitted in the gates for free. No pets allowed.
The fair is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, log on to www.GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com or call (706) 896-4191.
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