Euharlee to draw thousands with festival, Ghost Walk
by Marie Nesmith
Oct 18, 2013 | 2357 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Through a pair of unrelated events, Euharlee will take center stage over the next two weekends. Known for retaining the oldest covered bridge in the state, the town is expected to draw thousands of people with the upcoming Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival and Haunted Euharlee Historic Ghost Walk.

Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival

Presented by the city of Euharlee, the seventh annual Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival will be held tonight through Sunday in downtown Euharlee at Frankie Harris Park.

Babe’s Bayou Band will kick off the festival with a concert at 7:30 p.m. today. Along with more than 60 vendors and exhibitors, the festival — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. — will feature a variety of concessions, a corn hole tournament, hay ride, trackless train rides and live music in the pavilion. This year’s event also will feature a free Kids Corner with face painting and inflatables sponsored by Coosa Valley Credit Union.

“We’re offering such a diverse mix of things to do and see,” Festival Coordinator Samantha Berry said. “There are children’s attractions, lots of our sponsors are providing free children’s activities. We have an incredibly unique and eclectic mix of vendors this year.

“Several of our vendors come from juried art shows. We have pottery, photography, textiles, hand crafts. It’s just such a wide variety of arts and crafts — a wider variety than we have ever seen. Interest is really far-reaching. I have vendors coming from out of state that have gotten wind of the festival.”

Due to the level of inquiries to date, Berry anticipates the festival’s turnout will increase this year. Along with no parking fee, the event also will offer free admission to all attendees.

“The crowd grows year after year,” Berry said, adding last year’s festival attracted more than 3,000 people. “... Huge crowds are expected this year based on social media, phone calls to the city, phone calls to myself [and] vendors’ input.”

For more information, visit www.euharlee.com or call Berry at 404-277-9268.

Haunted Euharlee Historic Ghost Walk

On Oct. 26, the Euharlee Historical Society will feature its fourth annual Haunted Euharlee Historic Ghost Walk, where costumed performers will share tales of the city’s former residents.

“The overall purpose of the tour is to present a fun event that portrays our history. Euharlee is a unique town in Bartow County,” said Euharlee History Museum Director Katie Odom Gobbi, adding the event is sponsored by Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse with support from the city of Euharlee. “... [As far as the tour], the characters that I think are the most interesting are the Lowry sisters. We’ve had them on the tour for a couple of years and they’re always a big hit.

“The Lowry family owned much of the land that is now the city of Euharlee. People who are still alive today actually remember these women who very much loved the land that they lived on. So those are definitely some interesting characters, but we’ve [also] got some of the founding fathers. Our covered bridge is one of the highlights of our town in general and we have our bridge builder, Washington King, telling his story as well. So you get a piece of Euharlee’s history from [its] founding all the way up to relatively recent history with the Lowry sisters.”

Starting at the Granary, 114 Covered Bridge Road, the first tour will begin at 6 p.m., with the last tour departing at 8 p.m. Tickets will cost $5 for adults and be complimentary for children younger than 12.

“We hope that they’ll come away with a fun family experience and also just learn a little bit about our town,” Gobbi said. “Hopefully [they will] come back and see us again and see what else we have to offer.”

To secure a spot, those interested in the Ghost Walk are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse, 100 Covered Bridge Road, or the Euharlee History Museum, 118 Covered Bridge Road.

For more information, contact Jill Mitchell at 770-383-3383 or Gobbi at 770-607-2017 or kodom@euharlee.com.