“We had some goals when we had the idea of having these festivals,” Festival Planner Samantha Berry said. “They’re to showcase the community and to support the community.”
As part of that showcase, the festival will feature the Old Mill Road Band and Iambic Underground during a free concert on the first of its three days, Oct. 26. Admission to the concerts, as with parking and admission for the entire festival, will be free. A beverage tent will be on hand that night only, Berry added.
On Oct. 27 and 28 there will be a number of attractions that Berry said were designed to appeal to everyone. These attractions are to include art and crafts vendors, dance companies, children’s rides, the Woodland Middle School band, a pet and kid costume contest, gospel music, a car cruise in and a performance by the Woodland High School CATS, among the attractions offered Saturday and Sunday.
Berry said it was important for her and the city to offer a number of activities.
“We have something for everyone, all age groups. Whether they want to come out and see the middle school bands … whether they want to see the headlining concerts Friday night, Iambic and Old Mill Road Band. There’s attractions, there’s rides, for all age groups,” she said.
The newest edition to the festival comes in the form of the inaugural Covered Bridge 5K, which is sponsored by Georgia Power Plant Bowen.
“We were asked by Euharlee city hall to sponsor a race,” said Georgia Power representative Angie Barnett. “It’s something they want to make an annual event and they have beautiful drawings for the future of downtown Euharlee … they want to get the old mill working again and some shops. It’s just a beautiful rendition of what they want, so we want to make this an annual event and all the proceeds go toward that project.”
Registration for the 5K is scheduled at 7 a.m. Oct. 27, with the race scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Osborne Park will serve as both the start and finish line. For those who did not pre-register, the entry fee is set at $35.
Barnett said the event would be timed, with medals and pumpkins given to the winners. A T-shirt was designed for the race, she added, and there will be a new design for each year the race is held.
Another addition to the festival is the Euharlee Ghost Walk. While the event is in its third year, this is the first time it has been held at the same time as the city’s fall festival.
“Actually, they rolled it into me,” Ghost Walk Organizer Jill Mitchell said about the festival. “We’re working together to make a big event for Euharlee. It’s community [promotion], which is the whole intent behind it in the first place.”
Mirroring the festival’s larger size, the Ghost Walk has grown as well. Mitchell said there would be 12 different stops along the walk, with new stories added to keep the event fresh.
“We’ve been working on our city and we’re becoming a little, cute destination and we have a lot to offer. We have all these stories of Euharlee’s history come to life and we didn’t have to make anything up. These people, these colorful, colorful people, have been living out here for a long time,” she said.
The Ghost Walk takes visitors through a short tour of downtown Euharlee and at each stop an actor portraying a historic Euharlee resident gives an account of that person’s life. Admission is $5 for adults, while children 12 and younger are free. All the proceeds, Mitchell said, go to the Euharlee Historical Society.
While a chili cook-off and tasting was scheduled, Berry said it was canceled because there was little interest in the event. However, she added there would be a number of food vendors on hand to serve visitors.
Even though the festival is still one week away, Berry said there is already amount of interest in the event and its offerings.
“My phone is ringing off the hook. We’ve gotten so many calls from folks wanting to know information about it, the details, what’s going on, where they can find a list [of events]. So there’s a lot of interest. There’s a lot of preliminary interest from the community — local and surrounding community. I’m getting calls from all over northwest Georgia. There’s lots and lots of community support,” she said.
Additional information on the Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival can be found on the city’s website, www.euharlee.com, and on facebook under Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival and 5K.