Discover Gold and Fall Fun At Dahlonega's 54th Annual Gold Rush Days Festival

DAHLONEGA, GA (September 30, 2011) – On October 15-16, 2011, Dahlonega’s historic public square will come alive for the 54th annual Golf Rush Days Festival. This two-day event, which celebrates the 1828 discovery of gold in Georgia’s “Golden City,” will feature live musical performances, more than 300 arts and crafts exhibits, children’s activities, delicious food, and a festive parade thrown downtown. This fun, fall event is a great opportunity for people to come together to experience Dahlonega’s amazing foliage while enjoying an art-filled festival.

“The Jaycees Gold Rush Days Festival truly kicks off the fall season in Dahlonega,” says the Dahlonega -Lumpkin County Visitors Center staff. “Each year around 200,000 people attend, and we expect the same this year. The festival offers a great mix of local art, music, and food, and it showcases all the town has to offer visitors. ”

The festivities will kick off around 9 a.m. each day and will include a number of special performances. On Saturday, October 15th, Scotsmen will start the festival off by playing tradition bagpipes on the square. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy a fashion show, treasure hunt, a hog calling contest, and a clogging contest. At 2 p.m., the king and queen of the clogging contested will be crowned. At 3 p.m., the Gold Rush Days Parade will wind through the historic square. Sunday’s activities include additional clogging contests and a wrist wrestling contest.

Throughout the weekend, local and regional musicians will take the stage. Visitors can expect to jam to the sounds of bluegrass, country, rock, and old school favorites. The following acts will be performing Lonesome Road Bluegrass Band, Kayla Armstrong, and Heather Faraday.

In additional to traditional arts, the culinary arts will be represented as well. Booths featuring cuisine from area restaurants and chefs will be stationed throughout the square. Visitors will also have access to all of Dahlonega’s great restaurants that are located in the heart of downtown.

For additional information about Gold Rush Days, please visit www.dahlonegajaycees.com and for Everything Dahlonega, Georgia please visit www.Dahlonega.org
or http://www.facebook.com/DestinationDahlonega.

Calendar Listing:
What: Gold Rush Days
Where: Historic Square in Dahlonega, Georgia
Date: October 15-16th
Time: Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
About the event: Celebrate fall and the 1828 discovery of gold in Georgia’s “Golden City,” Dahlonega. Gold Rush days is a two-day celebration on the Historic Square that includes a parade, children's activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, a clogging contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and delicious local cuisine. Gold Rush Days has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more information on Gold Rush Days please visit, www.DahlonegaJaycees.com.

About Dahlonega, GA:
Located about 70 miles north of Atlanta, Dahlonega is Georgia’s “Golden City” and the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains. Known for being the site of the first major U.S. gold rush, the historic downtown district is now home to The Gold Museum, gold mines, and gold panning facilities. Dahlonega has evolved into a center for the performing and visual arts in the North Georgia Mountains and hosts a number of artistic and cultural festivals each year. Many wineries have taken notice of Dahlonega’s prime growing conditions and have made the area their home. The rich, fertile hillsides and the favorable mountainous elevations make the area the perfect place to grow and ripen a wide variety of European, French hybrid, and American winegrapes. Recreational activities are available year round and include miles of hiking trails and the Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, camping, golf, horseback riding, cycling, trout fishing, and more than 30 waterfalls to explore. Quaint shops around the Square attract some of the region’s top artists and are filled with regional art, antiques, unique jewelry and collectibles. Delightful bed and breakfasts, country inns, mountain cabins and resorts offer a plethora of accommodation choices for every budget.
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