It’s getting close to autumn and that means apple harvest. As the apple houses are gearing up for the season, Gilmer County is gearing up for this year’s Apple Festival. The 39th annual Georgia Apple Festival will be going on the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October – October 9-10 and October 16-17, 2010. Over 300 vendors will be there this year with many crafts and demonstrations as well as good eats! There will also be a parade and antique car show. The car show will be held on Saturday, October 9 at the Civic Center located on Old Highway 5 next to the Lions Club Fairgrounds where the Apple Festival is held. The parade will begin at 10 AM on the following Saturday, October 16.
The festival opens at 9 AM and closes at 6 PM on Saturdays and 5 PM on Sundays. Admission for the festival is $5 for adults, children under 10 are free. Parking at the fairgrounds is limited but there will be free shuttle buses available to take you from the parking areas to the fairgrounds. The shuttle parking areas will be at Gilmer High and Middle Schools, Ellijay Primary and Elementary Schools, and Mountainview Elementary School.