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Ellijay Stampede ProRodeo

September 2 – 3

Mark your calendar!

The Ellijay Stampede Pro Rodeo will on Labor Day Weekend September 2nd – 3rd at the Gilmer County Saddle Club which is located at 1727 South Main St., Ellijay, GA.

Don’t miss this action packed adrenaline pumping event brought to you by, for the first time ever, Twisted Horn Rodeo Company! 

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Feed Fannin’s First Annual Fashion Show & Silent Auction

September 8, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Feed Fannin is thrilled to be holding its first fashion show at the lovely Willow Creek Falls, with clothes provided by local boutiques, wine from local vineyards and food donated by local restaurants. This Ladies-Night-Out event will also feature a silent auction of items large and small donated by local merchants and individuals. 

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Dailey & Vincent’s American Made Music Fest

September 14 – 16

Presented by Springer Mountain Farms, is a 3-day festival bringing together the very best in American music – Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music! Click here for more information and the line-up of artists!

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Mountain Heritage & Music Festival

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

With over 60+ vendors, including arts & crafts galore, food that will make your mouth water, and live demonstrations that will leave you feeling like a bonafide Appalachian. There’s no better way to reminisce about our heritage than with some good ol’ fashioned wood whittling, chair weaving, gold panning, quilting, blacksmithing, and of course, the quintessential cooking over a dutch oven. 

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Annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

September 14 – 16 – 11:30 am –9:00 pm

Downtown Blue Ridge

The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event.

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Ellijay Bacon Fest

September 24
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

2nd annual Ellijay Bacon Fest!

Bacon themed dishes, live music, bacon eating contest, games & more. Benefitting Gilmer Community Food Pantry. A delicious, fun-filled day for the whole family.

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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

Let me know if I can help find your perfect Mountain Property this Labor Day!

Local Lender – Rebecca King!
SWBC Mortgage

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

Click here to go to her website

In The Kitchen

The Best BBQ Chicken Marinade


½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup balsamic vinegar or other vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce I use low sodium soy sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
⅛ cup lemon juice
¾ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard or Spicy Brown mustard
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoon garlic powder
6 chicken breasts or 3.5 lb chicken


Combine all marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Remove a half a cup of marinade and reserve for basting the chicken later.

Place chicken in a large resealable bag and pour marinade over the top. Gently massage chicken breasts and be sure to close bag securely. (If you have less time, consider poking holes in the chicken with a fork to allow the marinade to penetrate quickly.)

Refrigerate chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. I find 4 to 6 hours to be perfect.

To grill

Preheat grill to medium high heat and lightly oil the grates.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off. Grill chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Baste the chicken occasionally with the reserved marinade.

Once the chicken has reached 165°F, remove chicken from grill and tent with foil. Let chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

If you bring the reserved marinade up to a boil, let simmer until slightly reduced, it makes a wonderful sauce to go on top of the chicken.

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