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Did you know?

Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

Brasstown Bald Mountain is the highest point in Georgia. It has an elevation of 4,784.

Fall will be here soon and bring with it cool weather and beautiful fall colors. Georgia is ready with everything from pumpkin patches to festivals on the coast, great barbeque to FoxFire history celebrations. So vist the Georgia Events Calendar at to get more ideas of great things to do. Please forward our newsletter to your family and friends and share the fun. Together, we can accomplish amazing things!

Atlanta Metro

You Talkin' to Me?

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself talking with the South’s largest talking pumpkin tree at the 4th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain October 1st-30th!

Come join the fun and there is definitely something for everyone. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, great food, live entertainment, pumpkin express train ride, scarecrow show, the South's largest talking pumpkin Tree, pumpkin pie eating contests, pumpkin patch, pumpkin sculpting and much more! There is even something called “Pumpkinpalooza” which is fun competition for kids and adults and promises to “leave you in a pumpkin frame of mind”!

Admission is included in the One-Day All Attractions Pass - $20 (plus tax) and $17 (plus tax) children ages 3-11, parking fee $8. For more information contact Stone Mountain Park at 800-317-2006 or visit .

Georgia Coast

11th Annual CoastFest

Get ready.....Get set.....GO! Go To COASTFEST 2006!

On Saturday, October 7th, COASTFEST 2006 brings together over 80 interactive environmental, educational and resource organizations from around the Southeast. COASTFEST is a family-oriented environmental festival where participants learn about Georgia's coastal resources and have some fun at the same time! Each year between 6,000-7,000 excited visitors enjoy the day at COASTFEST!

COASTFEST 2006 promises something for everyone. Explore a Creek Indian encampment, walk inside WeeBee, the DNR giant 70 foot whale, put your hands into the sea creature touch tank, learn about Georgia archaeology, conduct scientific experiments, learn about tabby making, take part in living history demonstrations, tour a DNR Research Vessel, watch cannon firings, create “make it take it” projects, discover the secrets of our natural world, get your face painted, have lunch, learn about dolphins, whales, sea turtles and manatees, check out live local beach critters, gaze at the hundreds of COASTFEST student art contest entries, bring fossils to be identified, bring your own camera for new & fun photo opportunities, see live snakes, learn about coastal scientific projects, lots of giveaways, and much, much more!

The COASTFEST tradition of excellence continues with exciting programs including: snakes, reptiles and coastal critters with DNR Wildlife Biologist John Evans; Creek Indian Legend and Lore with Creek Indian Jim Sawgrass and family; and back again this year “The Puppet People,” a nationally recognized group of professional puppeteers, singers, actors, artists and musicians who have taken the art of puppetry far beyond the realm of children’s entertainment. All can be seen “under the big tent” at COASTFEST 2006! Programs run at scheduled times throughout the day.

COASTFEST is located at the Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick at One Conservation Way on Highway 17 South (just North of the Sidney Lanier bridge) and is made possible by the Georgia Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For more COASTFEST information call DNR/CRD at (912) 264-7218 or check out the COASTFEST web site at Or visit the direct link to page on CRD web site. Held rain or shine at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Brunswick, Georgia, the day-long festival lasts from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and is FREE! Due to the presence of wild animals and for visitor safety, NO PETS ALLOWED.

COASTFEST will be held rain or shine!

Article written by Lea King

Historic South

32nd Annual Possum Hollow Arts and Crafts Fair

The 32nd Annual Possum Hollow Arts and Crafts Fair kicks off in Dexter, Georgia on September 29th and 30th. Two days of great food, games, arts and crafts fair, pony and train rides, a giant slide, live entertainment, a classic antique car show, and more!

The fair kicks off on September 29th with a Friday night country music show that has included in the past such local groups as Coley Station Blue Grass, Rocky Creek Band, Lee Jessup Band and Y’all Boys (Rusty Bridges). Saturday will begin at 10:00 with the Southern Shufflers, Dance Explosion, Radical Fire, Dexter Assembly, Sybil Pruett, Southern Sassafras, Rocky Creek Band, Ronnie Mullis, Ya’ll Boys (Rusty Bridges) Lee Jessup Band, and the Rocky Creek Band.

The arts and crafts fair will have more than 275 vendors selling everything from furniture to pottery to “possum stew”.

Started in 1975 as a fundraiser for Buckhorn United Methodist Church, the fair is now attended by over 18,000 visitors. The proceeds from the fair are used to fund community projects. Last year, $1,000 was donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Admission to the Fair is $4.00 for adults and children under the age of six are admitted for FREE. Be sure to join us at the Possum Hollow Arts and Crafts Fair visit Dexter this September for this fun family fair! For more information contact Cecil Passmore at (478) 875-3200.

Article submitted by Katy Edwards of the Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.

Georgia Mountains

FoxFire Fall Heritage Festival

Enjoy the heritage of the mountains—Foxfire style! The Foxfire Fall Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary, September 30 at the Old Dillard School in Dillard, Georgia, from 10am until 4pm.

Join us for a fun-filled day of live bluegrass and gospel music, good food, and traditional crafters who keep the skills and charm of Southern Appalachia alive through their works.

The highlight of this year’s event is the official release and book-signing of the New "The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book: Faith, Family, and the Land." The new issue includes direct quotes carefully chosen from the thousands of interviews conducted by 40 years’ worth of Foxfire students. Our new book is a tribute to 40 years of contacts who shared their lives, the students who gathered the stories, and the readers around the world who appreciate the simple, steadfast, and unique charm of Southern Appalachia. Meet the editors and chat with several of the contacts featured in the anniversary book.

There will also be raffles with many dozens of items donated by area businesses. Last year well over 100 items were raffled last year and every year it continues to grow!

Foxfire’s 40th anniversary quilt, made from squares sent in from all over the country will be on display. Try your hand at quilting by adding your stitches to our 40th anniversary quilt or donate $1 and have your name added to our fund-raising album quilt.

Our complete series of commemorative anniversary goods will also be available for purchase, including the limited-edition Steve Turpin plates and Case XX knives. Over 25 exhibitors featuring woodworkers, textile crafters, book authors, metal smiths, and more including potters too, including Steve Turpin, maker of our limited-edition anniversary plates. Watch our traditional Appalachian crafters demonstrate their skills and trades and see “how things used to be,” or find one of our contacts who isn’t busy signing books and ask them to share a tale or two.

Sing and dance along with bluegrass and Gospel music throughout the day from The Foxfire Boys, Jim Green & Soldiers of the Cross, Hank Belew & Friends, Delbert McCall with Joyce & Dean Green, and more!

There will be games for kids, great music, and food available until it’s all sold out.

The event is produced by Foxfire’s Community Board and funded in part by donations from local businesses. All proceeds from the event are used to fund Foxfire’s student programs for local students here in Rabun County. So join us and help support the students of Rabun County and the ongoing preservation of the heritage of Southern Appalachia. Admission is $4 for adults and children 10 & under free admission. For more information contact Foxfire at (706) 746-5828 or visit their website

Article submitted by Lee Carpenter of the Fox Fire Museum.

Georgia Southern Rivers

Big Pig Jig

If you like great barbeque, parades, and entertainment and more; then you won’t want to miss the Big Pig Jig on October 6th and 7th in Vienna Georgia.

The Big Pig Jig is the southeast’s largest and Georgia's oldest and OFFICIAL barbecue cooking contest and is presented by the Dooly County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Vienna, Georgia.

This great festival includes a parade, sidewalk art contest, crafts and collectibles, 5K Hog Jog, QuizFest academic scholarship competition, a scholarship golf tournament, local, regional, and national entertainment, plus a People's Choice contest where visitors choose the best barbecue of the day!

This contest is considered the “Cadillac of Barbecue contests,” and teams from all over the Southeastern United States compete to create the most mouth-watering pork barbecue, one of the most exquisite, treasured and relished foods in Georgia. Big Pig Jig was also named the Discovery Travel Channel's top ten list of "World's Best Barbecue Contests" for the past four years and in 2004 the National Barbecue News named the Big Pig Jig the Spirit of Barbecue Event of the Year.

The contest grows larger every year and has become one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the state of Georgia

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event. If you are interested in helping, please call the chamber at 273-1668.

The event attracted over 20,000 spectators and required more than 300 judges, 300 volunteers, plus countless pounds of pork!

For more information contact Rhonda Lamb-Heath, Special Events Coordinator at (229)268-8275 or by email at

Georgia Charity Profile

BlazeSports America

In August of 1996, the city of Atlanta welcomed athletes from around the world with physical disabilities to participate in the Atlanta Paralympic Games. After the close of the games BlazeSports Georgia was founded to offer sports to children and adults in the state of Georgia with physical disabilities and to keep the spirit of those games alive.

Two of those programs that happen annually here in Georgia are the Prudential Blaze Tennis Run/Roll Challenge and AllSports Camp.

The Prudential Blaze Tennis Run/Roll Challenge, a national wheelchair tennis tournament sponsored by Prudential and presented by BlazeSports America in collaboration with the USTA, will be played Saturday, October 14th at Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Georgia. Play begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 5 pm. The public is invited and official entry forms are available by contacting Georgia Event Coordinator, Karin Korb at

Up to 25 run/roll doubles teams will compete for the trophy. Run/Roll also known as One Up/One Down is a doubles format in which one person is in a wheelchair and one person is on foot. The teams competing in the Prudential Blaze Tennis Run/Roll Challenge are composed of seasoned tournament players and the event offers an exciting spectator opportunity and community support.

The Blaze Tennis Challenge, which began in 2000 as The Governor's Cup in Atlanta, Georgia, has grown into a national event. This year Prudential Blaze Tennis Run/Roll Challenges are being held from coast to coast in such cities as San Antonio, Texas, San Diego, California and Atlanta, Georgia. The competition has spun off year round community-based BlazeSports tennis programs across the country.

The Prudential Blaze Tennis Run/Roll Challenge is a program of the BlazeSports America, Inc. in partnership with USTA.

AllSports Camp which is a collaborative event presented by BlazeSports Georgia and the Shepherd Center is a three day multi-sports camp that introduces adults ages 18 and older to adapted sports. Held October 20th -22nd on the campus of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation this camp hosts adults with mobility impairments including but not limited to spinal cord injuries/diseases, amputations, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, post-polio syndrome, Transverse Myelitis and Guillain Barre’ Syndrome. BlazeSports Georgia Program manager Brandi Crowe says, “AllSports Camp gives the opportunity for adults with physical disability to experience sports, many for the first time. Through our community programs they are able to return home and take part in weekly swim, tennis, or basketball programs using the skills they learned at this camp.”

To register or for more information on these and other BlazeSports events and programs across the state visit

Article submitted by Maria Portgee, BlazeSports America.