Mountain Merriment!

There’s nothing more all-American for summer fun than a country fair. And the mountains of Georgia are a hotbed for the good, old-fashioned activities that come with one. Through Saturday, July 31, the destination for a day trip is the 60th annual Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, a two-hour drive from Windsong’s active adult communities in Woodstock.

Perfect for baby boomers down to grand-babies, a trip to the fair on the historic fairgrounds has something for everyone. You’ll be more than rewarded by the time you spend in the car, the arts and crafts attractions, a recipe showcase, classic fair food, rides and traditional music.

A highlight this Saturday the 24th is the cloggers convention, followed by the fair parade, and live musical performances by two country greats: the Bellamy Brothers and Tommy Townsend & Waymore’s Outlaws.  Sunday will see an afternoon gospel show, which the adults should enjoy while the kids hop on carnival rides armed with cotton candy.

But amid the expected petting zoo (stocked with zebras, camels and llama) and bluegrass bands, there are some surprises, like Mal McEwen, a chainsaw artist. The artist title may sound dubious, but McEwen is known around the country for the detailed and actually beautiful wooden sculptures he creates with his trusty chainsaw.

It’s just one more reason to gather your family head to the hills this weekend!

Georgia Mountain Fair, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546. www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com, 706.896.4191. Tickets $9, parking $2.

-Kathryn Romeyn

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