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Halloween Safe Zone Trick or Treat ~ Blue Ridge

OCTOBER 31, 5 –8 PM

Free Parking in the Blue Ridge City-owned lots, Mountain Street, and BR City Hall beginning at 4 p.m.

Candy distribution starts at 5 pm, Costume Contest will begin at 5:30 pm. 

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Buck Bald Brewing Halloween Celebration

OCTOBER 31, 5 –8 PM

We’ll celebrate the Ozzy way with amazing music and fun Halloween contests. Eat bats. Bring your (costumed) pets—Howl at the moon. Dress as your favorite Buck Bald Brew. Prizes will be awarded, and fun will be had. 

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Pig Roast

Friday, November 3, 6 – 9 PM

Join in for a whole hog pig roast! Mike Spyker of Voodoo Daddy will be roasting a hog and dishing it out with amazing sides (mac & cheese, baked beans, jalapeño poppers, rolls)! Included with the meal, you get the choice of beverage. The price is $35/plate! Reservations are limited, so reserve now!

Included with this event:
Pulled Pork Dinner, Glass of wine, beer or wine cocktail, Live music by the BEMI trio, Fire pits to gather round. 

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Heartburn for Heartworms

Nov 4th, Noon to 5 PM

Cartecay River Brewing Company. Join our inaugural, chili cook off raise much-needed funds for heartworm treatment for the dogs of Gilmer County Animal Shelter. Register from October 4 to October 15. 15 contestants will be accepted to participate, entry fee of $25. $15 donation for 15 tastings. $10 donation per bowl + fixins. 

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Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Service

NOV 11, 11 AM – 1 PM

The day begins with a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for all veterans at St. Anthony Catholic Church on East Main Street in Blue Ridge. Lineup for the parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. The annual Veterans Day parade will follow at 11 a.m. 

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Bluegrass Festival

November 11–12, 2023 from 11 AM–5 PM

The festival features:
Bluegrass music, Local artisans and craft booths, Food, Games
Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older.
The festival is located at the Old Ducktown School, which is currently being renovated into a youth retreat and community event center. 

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Lets Go Trout Fishing

Don’t Delay: Visit A Delayed Harvest Trout Stream Beginning Nov. 1

Beginning November 1, don’t “delay” if you are planning a visit to a one of Georgia’s five Delayed Harvest trout streams.

Trout fishing on these streams provides some exceptional opportunities to land a good one, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

“While trout fishing can be found year-round in Georgia, there are five trout streams that are seasonally managed under special regulations called Delayed Harvest (DH) to increase angler success,” said John Lee Thompson, WRD Trout Stocking Coordinator. “These streams have catch-and-release regulations from November 1-May 14 and are stocked monthly by WRD and other partner agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and South Carolina DNR. This combination of stocking and catch/release allows for good trout catch rates and high angler satisfaction.” 

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View the Weekly Stocking Report

Additional Angler Resources:

Sign Up for Trout Stocking Updates, Buy a Fishing or Trout License!, Trout Fishing Information, Interactive Trout Map, Weekly Fishing Reports: Fishing Blog

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In The Kitchen

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats


5 Tbsp butter
10 ounces marshmallows
5 cups rice krispie cereal
1 tsp vanilla
10 ounce bag of caramels or caramel bites unwrapped
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
5 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 ounces milk chocolate chips
sea salt


Butter a 9 x13 baking dish. In a saucepan add 5 Tablespoons butter. Once the butter start to melt add the marshmallows. Stir continually until the marshmallows are completely melted and creamy. Then remove from heat. Add the vanilla and stir. In a bowl add the rice krispies then add the marshmallow mixture on top and mix very well. Then pour into the buttered baking dish. Press the rice krispies down and then set aside.

In a different saucepan add the sweetened condensed milk, 5 tablespoons butter and unwrapped caramels. Melt over medium heat until the butter is melted as well as the caramels. Once it is all melted remove from heat and pour directly over the rice krispies then spread evenly to cover it completely. Then sprinkle on some sea salt and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.

Then in saucepan add 1/2 cup heavy cream. Once it barely begins to boil remove from heat. Pour the milk chocolate chips in a cereal bowl. Slowly mix cream and chocolate by adding the heated heavy cream a tablespoon at a time while stirring the chocolate chips. Add a little at a time until it is at the right consistency to be drizzled. Then let it cool for a few minutes and then drizzle on top of the caramel layer on the rice krispie treats. Then sprinkle with more sea salt!

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