Around Town

Arts in the Park

10 AM – 5 PM – Oct 14 & 15

Fine art, great food, and fall colors on the trees and the canvases.

This fall arts and crafts festival features hundreds of regional artists and craftsmen, Special events for the kids, and live musical performances. 

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Ellijay Apple Festival

October 14 – 15 & 21 – 22

For 52 fun-filled years, the Georgia Apple Festival has brought two exciting weekends in October to Gilmer County. Ellijay and East Ellijay hosts hundreds of vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, on-site demonstrations, live music, and delicious fair food. The festival is held at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay 

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John C. Campbell Folk Fest

October 7-8

Visit a wide variety of fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Watch more than 30 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with traditional roots music, and tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and other dance performances throughout the weekend. 

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Blairsville Sorghum Fest

October 14-15 & 21-22

This year is the 53rd anniversary of the Sorghum Festival. Held the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October, with a big parade the first weekend on Saturday, October 14th. The festival features demonstrations, sorghum making, contests, crafts, music and more! 

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Fall Fest in Hiwassee

Look forward to the 2023 Fall Festival October 6th – 14th from 11am-6pm.

The 9-day event features Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, and exciting music performances!

Enjoy carnival rides from Midway Rides Unlimited! Enjoy over a dozen rides including a carosel, ferris wheel, bumper cars & more! Rides for the adults & the kiddos! Plus fair food, games, and more! 

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Ellijay Bacon Fest

Our U-Pick events are popular with everybody in the family! It’s an opportunity to pick your own fruit in our family-owned and operated orchard here in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

During apple season, we offer U-Pick on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, between 10 AM and 4 PM. We generally do not offer orchard activities during the week, as we are a working farm.

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Blue Ridge Parade of Homes

This year’s parade of homes will take place over three days, beginning October 20th and ending October 22nd, 2023 from 10 AM – 5 PM each day. Attendees are invited to participate in any/all days of the parade. 

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Paws in the Park

October 21, 10 – 5 PM

Downtown Blue Ridge Park – sponsored by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Pet Parade, Costume Contest, Blessing of the Animals, Pet Photos, Rabies Clinic, Microchipping, and MORE!!! Dock Diving Sponsored by Ingles. 

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Blue Ridge Georgia Dining

Find out North Georgia’s Can’t-Miss Stops for Eats and Sweets

The mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia, beckon with adventure and countless opportunities for escape. 

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Live Music in Blue Ridge

Find live music at our breweries, wineries, small pubs, festivals, concert venues and more all happening in Blue Ridge.

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Lets Go Trout Fishing

Check Out the Latest Trout Stocking Report!

The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division (Fisheries Management Section) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stock streams with trout for anglers to enjoy.

The number of trout stocked and the stocking frequency depend on a stream’s fishing pressure, accessibility, and water conditions. View our weekly stocking report (link below) to see the most current stocking list!
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

Real Estate

153 INDIAN RIDGE RD – $659,000

This Inviting & Immaculate 3BR/3BA Log Sided Cabin located just around the bend from 1000s of acres of US Forest Service & access to Little Fightingtown Creek, offers picturesque year round mountain views & pretty seasonal sunsets from almost every room & porch. Experience true mountain relaxation on the open deck with built in benches & a firepit or grab an Adirondack on one of the 3 covered porches. 

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Local Lender – Rebecca King!
SWBC Mortgage

Phone: (706) 487-8003
Mobile: (706) 835-8112

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In The Kitchen

Best White Chicken Chili


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
1 jalapeno seeds removed and finely diced
4 garlic cloves minced
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces green chiles
4 cups shredded chicken see tips above
2 (15-ounce) cans white beans drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen or fresh corn
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, and cheese for garnishing


Blend one cup of the white beans with one cup of the chicken broth in food processor. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender or even mash the beans with a fork, and then stir them with the broth. Set this aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper to the pot. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the garlic and spices and stir for another minute, toasting the spices.
Add the chicken broth and pureed bean mixture and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Stir in the green chilies, chicken, corn, white beans, and chopped cilantro. Simmer for a couple of minutes, until it’s warmed through. Then add the lime juice and give it another stir.

Serve the white chicken chili and garnish with avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, and cheese before serving, if you’d like.

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