Holding on to the traditions of years past, Clermont will host its annual two-day festival where the community can enjoy live music, a parade, food vendors and a variety of artisans.
The 16th annual Clermont Days Festival will open 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15. Before that, the North Hall FFA Tractor Show will be at 8 a.m. Live music will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Clermont Days Festival
Where: 639 Main St., Clermont
When: 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept.16
How much: Free
“We will have 90 vendors coming. We have a lot of handmade crafts and this year. … They will be outside in the festival area,” said Kristi Crumpton, Clermont Town Council member. “We are adding commercial vendors with things like Scentsy, Cotton Britches, Lula Roe and Clermont Trading Company; they will be inside the Chattahoochee Center.”
The local Christian rock band Dirt Road Disciples will be on stage first, followed by rock, country and original artist Scott Brantley.
“We average about 3,000 to 4,000 people over the two-day period,” Crumpton said. “We have been spending the day cleaning the park and the town from all the storm damage. We are hoping people will come out and take a break from all their cleanup and have some fun for a little bit. Hopefully it will be a nice reprieve from all the stress everyone has been under.”
The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 16, with the Clermont Cupcake Challenge. Opening ceremonies at the flagpole, vendor openings, children’s activities and the tractor show all start at 9 a.m.
“It is very family friendly, which is one of the things Clermont prides itself on. It is a lot of fun, laid back and there is good food, music and neat handmade items. It is a good time,” Crumpton said. “We have a lot of kid’s activities — the entire ballfield is filled with children’s activities and games.”
For the second year in a row, the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 and head down Main Street.
“The parade — there are a lot of tractors and horses. It is a lot of fun, and we want people to enjoy the small town a lot of people grew up in. … We are trying to preserve that for us and for other people,” Crumpton said.
The festival organizers pride themselves on providing traditional fun for all ages including a horseshoe-throwing competition and a cakewalk hosted by the Historical Society.
“It is an old-timey cakewalk. We are going to have it twice this year, at noon and 3 p.m. inside the Chattahoochee Center,” Crumpton said. “It is a lot of fun, and people can dance to music while it’s going around. Everyone really enjoys that.”
Crumpton said the traditional items of the day “match our town.”
“We are a town that really appreciates its history and heritage, and we want other people to enjoy that,” she said. “Our T-shirt this year features the Griffin Brothers Store, which is one of the three original buildings still up in Clermont. We are trying to educate people about the store.”
On Sept. 16, live entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. with clogging, followed by Sweet Tea and The Bluegrass Boys, Old As Dirt, Cherry Cherry and The Larry Scroggs Band.
Fireworks will conclude the festival at 9 p.m. Sept. 16.
“The fact that we are such a small town, we put on a really good fireworks show. It is amazing,” Crumpton said.
For more information, visit www.clermontdays.net. Clermont Days Festival will be located at 639 Main St. in Clermont.