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Gold Rush Festival This Weekend in Dahlonega

17 Oct

Gold Rush Days is happening this coming weekend.

We have a yurt available this weekend as well (2 night minimum).

Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Included in the two-day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food!

Saturday October 19th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – K.I.S.S. Club Performance (main stage)
10:15 – Old Timey Fashion Show (main stage)
10:45 – Chattanooga Choo-Choos from Tennessee Clogging Performance (main stage)
11:15 – Clogging Competition (main stage)
11:30 – Jesse Mariah Williams (main stage) [www.jessemariahwilliams.com]
12:00 – T.W. Holeman Gospel Singing Group (main stage)
1:00 – Cross Cut Saw Competition (main stage)
2:00 – King and Queen Coronation (main stage)
3:00-4:30 – Parade (street)
4:45 – Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac (main stage)
6:30-8:00 – Coal Mountain Band (main stage)
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – AliCats Dance Studio (main stage)
10:00 – Hog Calling Competition (main stage)
10:30 – The Highbeams (main stage)
11:00- Gold Panning Championships (Gold Museum Lawn, registration opens at 9:00, check with registration table for details on divisions, contests and times)
11:30 – Buck Dancing Competition (main stage)
12:00 – Destitute Way (main stage)
1:15 – Ryan Boss (main stage)
1:45 – Kayla Armstrong (main stage)
2:30-5:30 – Wrist Wrestling (main stage)
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
Gold Panning Championships
9:00 – Registration Opens
11:00- 1st Annual Gold Rush Open
1:00 – 51st Annual World Open Gold Panning Championship
Blind Fold Event to begin immediately after award presentations

Hemlockfest 11/4-6 Musical Line Up Announced

12 Aug

For the seventh annual HemlockFest, the Lumpkin Coalition has again assembled an array of the area’s most awesome talents. Headliners for this year’s event—which returns to Starbridge Sanctuary near Dahlonega this November 4th, 5th and 6th—include Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Pharaoh Gummitt, Saint Francis, and the Lefty Williams Band.

Sunday’s line-up will be highlighted by Steel String Session and their brand of cosmic blues rockabilly bluegrass.

Dahlonega’s own prized talents will abound this year, with Home Grown Revival, Emerald Rose, and the Pick & Bow Band returning as crowd favorites. Carly Gibson, a singer/songwriter prodigy from Lumpkin County who completed programs at the prestigious GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, will be a new local addition.

This year’s bill includes other first-time HemlockFest performers, including Caroline Aiken, often cited as one of the cornerstones of the Decatur folk movement; and The Reese Boyd Project, which is fronted by a 10-year-old prodigy guitarist. Insonnia, Mean Mary, BlueBilly Grit, and 710 South will also make their HemlockFest debuts. More returning HemlockFest performers include Veronika Jackson, Women of Heart, and Barry Bailey. Unifire Theatre will appear once again with their stunning fire arts show.

HemlockFest is an unparalleled musical experience in a peaceful and beautiful setting just outside of Dahlonega. This all-ages, eco-friendly event features three days of live music, primitive camping, educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a kid’s nature village, rustic living demonstrations, great food, and free canoeing. Both day and weekend passes will be available, and admission is free for kids (ages 15 and under with a supervising adult ticket holder).

HemlockFest proceeds aid efforts to minimize the impact of the non-native hemlock woolly adelgid parasite, which is devastating the hemlock trees of North Georgia at an alarming rate. HemlockFest has affected the raising of more than $100,000 to support predator beetle rearing labs at area colleges and universities. This effort to introduce predator beetles, which feed on hemlock woolly adelgids and are a safe and effective biological control, may help to save our native forests and preserve our quality-of-life.

Visit the website at http://www.hemlockfest.org or call the Hemlock Hotline at (706) 867-5157 for more information about HemlockFest, the hemlock crisis, or to volunteer. The Lumpkin Coalition, sponsor of the festival, is a 100% volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to facilitate projects that benefit North Georgia, Lumpkin County, its residents and visitors. The Lumpkin Coalition is dedicated to preserving quality of life for all those who share it. To this end, it supports the preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth.

Visit a Corn Maze

1 Oct

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Fall is in the air and a great time to visit the North Georgia mountains and Cedar House Inn. South of Dahlonega you can plan a visit to Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze which opened September 4th and is celebrating their 9th season. This years theme is Butterflies, Goats and Sunflowers. See the new Great Goat Trek area and play  “Farm Scene Investigation” whodunit game with each maze admission.

The Haunted Maze will operate every Friday and Saturday night (dusk to 10 p.m.) in October, as well as a special Sunday, Oct 10 “Haunt Night”. Regular admission prices are $9 per person for the maze. 

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located only 40 minutes from metro Atlanta and south of Dahlonega, just two miles west from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Highway 53.  For more information, visit http://www.uncleshucks.com, or follow the progress of the maze on Facebook.
Open Labor Day (Sept 6) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Haunted Maze (dark to close) – Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
November (final day is 21st)
Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Corn Maze’s Near Dahlonega

10 Sep

Fall is just around the corner in the North Georgia mountains. Come stay with us and attend one of the nearby corn maze’s.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze

Fall fun officially started Labor Day Weekend for Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Visit the 12-acre corn maze located in Dawsonville, Ga this fall for some southern fun. More than 40,000 visitors are expected to crisscross through the cornstalks this year.

Rates for Activities Per Person*
Corn Maze $9
Hayride (nights: includes bonfire & marshmallows!) $5
Value Combo: Corn Maze & Hayride $12
Corn Cannon (3 shots) $1
Haunted Maze (includes Corn Maze) $12
Value Combo: Haunted Maze & Hayride $15


Open Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Haunted Maze starts at Dark, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
Haunted Maze is only open on:
Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

November 1 through 22th
Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit http://www.uncleshucks.com for more details.

Hillbilly Cornmaze


Open Friday:6 – 10pm Saturday:10am – 10pm Sunday:10am- 6pm

From Atlanta go North on 19/400 to
Dahlonega. At stop light (just past
McDonalds) go left on truck route
South/West US9/US52 to
Dawsonville/Elljay. 1.5 miles
on the right across from Trammel Tire

OPEN Friday and Saturday
9 – 12 midnight
in October

274 Radio Road
Dahlonega, Georgia
706-867-0940 Fax 706-867-0087
email: info@hillbillycornmaze.com

Fall at Cedar House Inn and Yurts

21 Oct

Stay with us at Cedar House Inn and Yurts and enjoy the Fall.

The leaves are changing to their vivid Fall colors and the nights are crisp and cool. The night time sky is dark black with many stars. Here at the Inn the Sourwood Trees are the most colorful. We have not hit our peak with many trees on the property still having green leaves. Farther up the mountain along the Appalachian Trail the leaves are farther along.

Also check out a Leaf Watch web site at http://gastateparks.org/leafwatch/ that has a live web cam showing the leaves near Clayton, GA. It also explains why leaves change color.

For availability check our calendar on the web site or to the right of the blog entries.

Dahlonega Fall Colors at Peak

17 Nov

All around Cedar House Inn and Yurts the Fall colors are beautiful. Mountain vistas north of the inn are also spectacular. This time of year is ideal for a hike along the Appalachian Trail to Preachers Rock.

We have made the yurt beds in flannel sheets since the nights are turning colder. The night skies are typically clear with many stars.

Come stay with us and experience the mountains. The Fall season tourists have left and you can enjoy the area without the traffic and crowds. We also have availability during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays.

November at Cedar House Inn & Yurts Near Dahlonega

3 Nov

The leaves around Dahlonega have not yet reached their Fall color peak yet. There are many opportunities to enjoy the Fall colors.

The nights are turning cooler and the daytime temperatures are pleasant for those hiking or winery excursions.

The Cardinal Suite has been added to the inn that features a larger living area with simulated electric fireplace surrounded by an oak mantel. Also features a sitting area, queen bed, private bath with tiled shower and full breakfast.

There are also many things to do in the Dahlonega area in November. Some examples are as follows:

  • The Holly Theater is featuring “Annie”, November 30th at 8 pm. Call 706-864-3759 for tickets.
  • Wolf Mountain Winery is having their Wild Game, Mushroom and red Wine Festival on the 4th,11th,18th and 25th. Also they are having their 6 course Wild Game Dinner on 11/3 at 7pm. Call 706-867-9862.
  • Frogtown Winery is having Wine Tasters Sunday Brunches on 4,18,25 at 12:30 and 2:30pm. For reservations and information call 706.865.0687

Come visit us in November and enjoy the North Georgia mountains and wine country.


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