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Autumn Extravaganza

by Ella Fast

Sky Valley offers all of the best of a Small Town American Fall Festival, featuring time-honored traditions and some modern, 21st Century twists.

There are plenty of reasons to head to Sky Valley, Georgia – the fresh mountain air, waterfalls, spectacular Autumn colors, the scent of Georgia pine.

October is a glorious month in Sky Valley and it’s especially fun at the Sixth Annual Sky Valley Fallfest.

From 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturday, October 19, visitors will be treated to hayrides, a car show, arts and crafts, live music, and the popular costume contest for pups. It’s a great day for all ages.

One of the most popular activities is the Hay Bale Trail, featuring whimsically-decorated hay bales scattered throughout the city. This is a time-honored tradition in Sky Valley since 1998 and a combined effort of the talented and imaginative people in the community.

There will be plenty of food and live music from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. featuring Derek Andrew. Kids of all ages will enjoy the pumpkin painting and inflatable games.

There will be a HOWL-O-Ween Costume Contest for your furry friends, to benefit PAWS 4 Life. Register anytime between 10:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. at the PAWS tent next to the pavilion. The contest begins at 1:30 at the pavilion and registration is $5 per category entry, with all proceeds benefiting Rabun PAWS 4 Life. Start planning Fido’s costume now for the Funniest, Scariest, Most Creative, and Most Photogenic categories. There’s even a category for the dog and owner combination costume. You’ll find some adoptable pets and a silent auction to benefit PAWS 4 Life.

Fallfest activities take place adjacent to the beautiful Sky Valley City Pavilion. Parking shuttles will be available from the posted event parking areas within the valley.

Admission is free and the photo opportunities are priceless. For more information call the Sky Valley offices at (706) 746-2204.