Chattanooga-area weekend fall festivals bring heritage, art and tacos to the fore

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Two of the oldest structures in Walker County, Georgia will be celebrated at festivals this weekend.

In Chickamauga, the Gordon-Lee Mansion, completed in 1847, will host the annual Blue & Gray BBQ, a contest said to be inspired by an 1889 party when veterans from both sides of the Civil War came together to make peace . In LaFayette, the Marsh House, built in 1836 and now a museum, will be at the heart of the heritage celebration which will take place on the lawn.

Meanwhile, a community festival is making its debut on Highway 58. Tracy Bush, event company organizer Vonzara Inc., said by phone she expects the event to draw about 30 vendors. in the large parking lot outside Mount Canaan Church. Food and bargain vendors will be on site, and kids can try inflatable games and coloring stations for free, among other activities.

“It’s small for now, but when it grows we’ll pick up the whole parking lot,” she said of the first edition.

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To note: These are among the closest events to Chattanooga. See more options in 2022 Fall Festival Guide.

— Blue and gray BBQ: Gordon Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. BBQ contest, plus food, craft and novelty vendors, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. FREE ENTRANCE; $5 to visit the mansion. amisofthegordonleemansion.org

Staff Photo / The Gordon Lee Mansion in Chickamauga, Georgia was photographed in 2013.

— Boom Days Heritage Celebration: Downtown Fort Payne, Ala. (main stage at 201 Fifth St. NE). Music, arts and heritage activities, with arts, crafts and food vendors, Depot Museum tours, train rides, miniature railway, wine tastings, headlining concerts by Billy Dean and Joe Nichols, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; kicking off with music from Dad Company and tribute band Creedence Clearwater Revival Midnight Special from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday (all times central). boomdays.com

— Nations Day: Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. Multicultural festival offering authentic cuisine, cultural entertainment, children’s area, market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. facebook.com/celebrationofthenations2019

–Chatanooga Taco Fest: Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Twenty-four food vendors, 100 merchandise and children’s activity vendors, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry and parking. 423-650-1388

— Festival of the favorite: Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, Ga. Grape stamping, wine tastings, winery tours, live music, arts, crafts and food vendors, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. sunday. $20 in advance, $25 same day. cartecayvineyards.com

— Autumn market: Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Crafts, home decor, local art, food trucks, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. shopbradleysquare.com

— Fall Plant Sale and Festival: Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Sale of fall gardens and landscaped gardens, fruit trees and shrubs, with local artists and vendors, children’s activities, live music, food trucks , from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. crabtreefarms.org

— Festival!: Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Outdoor Art Market, Indoor Patrons Exhibit, Self-Guided Sculpture Garden Tours, Live Performances, Multicultural Children’s Activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; FREE ENTRANCE. Opens with preview night and Taste of Dalton, 7 p.m. Friday; $55 ticket. creativeartsguild.org

— Celebration of the harvest in the mountains: Flat-Top Mountain Farm, 638 Cemetery Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze with “Tennessee Road Trip” design, hay rides, pumpkin patch, fall flowers, through October 30. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $10 from 4 years old. Facebook.com/flattopfarmTN

— Heritage Day : Marsh House Museum, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Heritage bake sale, gift shop, vintage garage sale, arts and crafts, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. FREE ENTRANCE; $5 for tours of the historic house. marshhouseoflafayette.org

— Highway 58 Community Festival: Mount Canaan Church, 4801 Highway 58. Includes food and bargain vendors, free inflatables, and other kids’ activities, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Register online for prizes. eventbrite.com

— Sequatchie County Fair: 103 Heard St., Dunlap, Tenn. Quilt Show, Crafts, and Farm Exhibits open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. through Saturday, Party Animals Petting Zoo through Saturday, Game Day by Community Organizations 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday (all hours from center ). FREE ENTRANCE. sequatchiecountyfair.com

— Barn Sale and Sunflower Stables Market: Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Upscale, vintage-inspired market with 60 vendors selling antiques, crafts, boutique clothing, jewelry, pottery, fresh produce, baked goods, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. FREE ENTRANCE. [email protected]

— Festival of the valley: Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene, 2853 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga. Craft fair, music, food vendors, and car show hosted by the church and the Chattanooga Valley Lions Club, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 423-521-0861

— Walker County Agricultural Festival: Walker County Ag Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Vendor booths, livestock shows, beekeeping classes, quilting, cooking, and wildflower demonstrations, free inflatables, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. . Free admission. walkercountyagfestival.com

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