Toccoa Hosting Harvest Festival this Weekend

November 1, 2013

Toccoa will host its annual Harvest Festival this weekend.

The 37th annual Toccoa Harvest Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday in downtown Toccoa.

Organizers said that the festival will include more than 160 craft and food vendors this year.

As always, the emphasis is on homemade, handmade, home baked, or home grown items at the Harvest Festival and Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said there will be some unique items as always.

Crosby went on to say that there will also be a number of new things, including some demonstrations that should be interesting for those who attend.

“One of things that I think a lot of people will be interested in is (that) we will be having a glass blowing demonstration and that is a little bit new,” said Crosby.  “They are from Georgia Southwestern State University and they will be coming up and doing demonstrations throughout the weekend.”

Not only does the Harvest Festival include lots of food and crafts to enjoy, but two stages will also be set up for entertainment throughout the festival.

Crosby said that people can look forward to a lot of great performances.

“We will have a couple of groups coming back that have been here,” said Crosby.  “The Chattahoochee Chain Gang will be here, as will the Georgia Highlanders.  Then of course, our local dance studios will be performing and we are very excited about that.  That always brings out a lot of family and friends to see those performances.”

Also performing on Saturday are the Plainsmen, an American Indian cultural performance.

In addition to the vendors, downtown shops and restaurants will be open and there will be lots of activities available for the children.

Crosby said it should all be a lot of fun.

“There will be lots of things to do,” said Crosby.  “The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Saturday and Sunday.  We encourage everybody to come out and have a good time.”

Hours for the Toccoa Harvest Festival are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in historic downtown Toccoa.

Meanwhile, Crosby also reminds people in town for the Harvest Festival to vote in the Scarecrow Contest.

She said the response to the contest has been great again this year and that voting has gone very well also.

“We had a great turnout, so we are excited to see who the winner is,” said Crosby.  “We encourage people to take an afternoon and ride around and see all of the very creative scarecrows we have.”

Voting ends this weekend.

People can vote for their favorite scarecrow online at mainstreettoccoa.com or in-person at a number of locations including WNEG Radio during business hours, Toccoa City Hall, and the Stephens County Courthouse.  People can also vote by scanning the QR located on each official orange Scarecrow Contest sign to access the online survey.

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