HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The hot, humid weather didn’t discourage a strong turnout of visitors to watch a caravan of floats, vintage vehicles, horse-drawn wagons, and revellers celebrate the annual opening of the Georgia Mountain Fair. The parade route began at South State Bank at 11 am Saturday, July 20, near Hiawassee Town Square, and slowly made its way to the fairgrounds.
This year’s theme was “Making Memories since 1950.” Businesses, organizations, and government agencies participated in the fun, tossing candy to children along the way. Miss Georgia Mountain Fair, Katie Walsh, rode with her court on the Towns County Lions Club float. Towns County Historial Society created a float in honor of Fiddlin’ Howard Cunningham. Towns County GOP handed out 250 American flags, along with bottled water to thirsty spectators. The City of Hiawassee participated by riding the route in a pulled pontoon boat, with council members and Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales walking nearby.
The 69th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, runs through Saturday, July 27. “Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that the event has to offer,” the fair’s website reads. “With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family.”
Feature Image: Cloggers representing the Georgia Mountain Fair