The 20th annual Art in the Park festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hurricane Shoals Park.
Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30. The festival is sponsored by the Tumbling Waters Society.
A wide variety of food, including barbecue, hamburgers, bratwurst, fried pies, funnel cakes and boiled peanuts — will be for sale, along with craft items and plants. Twentieth anniversary memorabilia will also be for sale.
Tours will be given in the chapel and log cabins Saturday and Sunday in the Heritage Village.
The 18th GA Jackson County Volunteer Infantry and Cobb’s Legion (Civil War re-enactors) will be in the village both days with living history. Blacksmith Jason Hilley will be at his forge and there will be basket-weaving and quilting demonstrations. Old farm equipment will be on display on the grass.
James Mathis will display his arrowhead and Indian artifacts collection, and a video on Clyde Freeman will be on view in the Freemen Cabin.
Adults and kids alike can play on the 18-hole Spirit of the River miniature golf course, which details the history of the park and the people who lived on the land surrounding the shoals. All scorecards can be entered in a weekend tournament for which plaques will be awarded. The fee will be $3 per person.
Craftsman from all over North Georgia will be demonstrating their work and have hand-made items for sale. Children’s art will be hung in the Heritage Village Courthouse. The Kids Zone will include a moonwalk, obstacle course and slide, face painting, ponies, puppets and a petting zoo. “Splash,” the official mascot, will be at the festival to entertain the kids. Antique automobiles will be on display Saturday.
Fresh-ground cornmeal will be for sale at the grist mill. In the Pethal Cabin by the mill, TWS will cook “Richard’s Critters” - cornbread, tenderloin and sausage and serving bowls of beans. Bluegrass will be performed on the mill porch.
Ricky Fitzpatrick, a local singer and songwriter, will debut his song, “Down By the Water’s Edge,” at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The song includes guest vocals and instrumental work from John Berry, T. Graham Brown, Wayne Baird, Dustin Wilkes and the Bluebilly Grit band. The song will be given to Tumbling Waters, with all royalties going to Hurricane Shoals Park. The song will be dedicated as the official song for Hurricane Shoals.
Dugar Strickland and Crystal River, a bluegrass gospel band, will host a slate of musical entertainment. The East Jackson Comprehensive High School Jazz Band will perform Saturday.
The “Run and See Georgia” sanctioned Millrace, a 5K run, and a one-mile fun run/walk will kick off Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Duck Dash, a floating raffle featuring plastic ducks, will provide a grand finale at 5 p.m. with a number of prizes. Ducks can be sponsored for $5 apiece or five ducks/$20.
Admission and parking are free. No pets are allowed. All money raised will be used for improvements at the Park and the development of the Heritage Village.
Anyone interested in more information should contact Tumbling Waters Society by logging on to www.hurricaneshoalspark.org or contacting Becky Perry, 706-335-6723.