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Fall fun dodges the raindrops at YMCA festival
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Calah Willock, 6, hits Lauren Raper with a pie Saturday, October 28, 2017, at one of the booths inside the J.A. Walters Family YMCA gymnasium during its fall festival. - photo by Scott Rogers

Though gray and rainy outside, the inside of the Georgia Mountains YMCA was alive with fall festivities Saturday. About 300 people gathered in the J.A. Walters Family YMCA’s gymnasium to celebrate the season.

The two-hour event marked the second annual Fall Festival held by the Georgia Mountains YMCA Association.

“This event is a chance to offer the community something fun to do and is a great way to celebrate fall,” said Nicole Vernon, Georgia Mountains YMCA Marketing and Communications manager.

Free and open to the public, the event was held rain or shine for the community.

“We moved everything inside, but it is exciting to see everyone come out,” Vernon said.

Princesses, monsters, superheroes and book characters were among the many costumes. The YMCA held a costume contest up to age 18.

“It is exciting to see families come together as one,” Vernon said. “This offers everyone a pause in life. We all get busy with school and work, so this gives everyone a chance to come together and fellowship with other families in the community.”

At the event, there was also Trunk-or-Treat, food demonstrations provided by the UGA Extension and music by DJ J Prime. About five vendors also attended the event.

“We have a variety of vendors from Texas Roadhouse, a children’s clothing boutique and Safe Kids,” Vernon said.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children regardless of age, income or background. Their goal is to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. 

Georgia Mountain YMCA is located at 2455 Howard Road in Gainesville. For more information visit

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