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Family events
For the week of Sept. 17-23
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This week

Hobo supper and cake walk, Toccoa. Ham, pinto beans, slaw and cornbread. 5 to 8 p.m. today, Stephens County Senior Center, Rose Lane, Toccoa. $5. 706-886-4740.  

"Elmo's Green Thumb," Atlanta. Sesame Street Live. 7 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. $17-$87. Ticketmaster.

Mountaineer Festival, Clayton. Parade, street dance, old-fashioned contests and bluegrass music. 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, downtown Clayton. 706-982-2304 or 706-782-4512.

Suwanee Day, Suwanee. Parade, crafts, flag ceremony, Blessid Union of Souls concert and fireworks. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, with concert at 8 p.m. Town Center Park, intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee. Free.

Fall Fest 2009, Cleveland. Rides, games, face painting and Cabbage Patch Kids characters. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Babyland General Hospital, 73 W. Underwood St., Cleveland. Free. 706-865-2172, ext. 241.   

Antique tractor/equipment show, Clermont. North Hall FFA Alumni. Door prizes, food for sale. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, intersection of U.S. 129 and Clarks Bridge Road, Clermont. Free. Rain or shine. 770-534-2638.

Fall Festival, Cleveland. Games, craft vendors, food and pumpkin sale. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Mossy Creek Elementary School, 128 Horace Fitzpatrick Drive, Cleveland. Free. 770-865-5000.

Heritage Day, Dahlonega. Classes on blacksmithing and heirloom seeds and pass-along plants; tours of Vickery House. Georgia Appalachian Studies Center. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Vickery House, West Main Street and Vickery Drive, Dahlonega. $69 for blacksmithing class, $59 for heirloom seed class, tours free. Preregister for classes; no registration needed for tours. 706-864-1918.

Dahlonega 175th Birthday Celebration, Dahlonega. Farmers market, antique vendors, event re-enactments, gold mining demonstrations and birthday party. Saturday-Sunday, Hancock Park, off the Dahlonega square. 706-864-3711 or 706-864-5991.


Miss Hoschton Scarecrow Pageant, Hoschton. Sept. 24, Towne Center, Hoschton. Part of the Hoschton Fall Festival.

Pie bake-off and family movie night, Flowery Branch. Pie judging and tasting, 7 p.m.; outdoor movie, dusk Sept. 25. The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. 770-335-9073.  

Grace-Calvary Heritage Festival, Clarkesville. Scarecrow competition, parade, "Just a Taste" hors d'oeuvres reception, artists and live music. Sept. 25-27, Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church, 260 E. Green St., Clarkesville. $10 to enter a scarecrow. Benefits youth mission trips. 706-754-7114.

Foxfire Fall Heritage Festival, Dillard. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, games, live music. Benefits Foxfire's student programs in Rabun County. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26, Dillard City Hall, downtown Dillard. $4 adults, $2 ages 6-10, free for age 5 and younger. 706-746-5828 or

Cumming Country Fair and Festival, Cumming. Rides, Heritage Village and concerts. 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 8-18. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. $7 adults, $3 ages 5-18, free for age 4 and younger; advance tickets, $5 adults, $2 ages 5-18; $3 parking. 770-781-3491. 

Mule Camp Market, Gainesville. Vendors, artists, food and live music. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 11, downtown Gainesville square. Concerts 7-11 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10.

Cherokee in Northeast Georgia, Gainesville. Family Sunday. Learn what life was like for the Cherokee before the Trail of Tears. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville.  $5 per family for nonmembers, free for members. 770-297-5900 or

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, Georgia State Fiddlers' Convention and other live music. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9-17; Fiddlers' Convention, Oct. 17. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. $9 adults, age 9 and younger free; $2 parking. No pets allowed. 706-896-4191 or

Gold Rush Festival, Dahlonega. Arts and crafts, parade, hog calling and buck dancing contests, live music and children's activities. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17-18, downtown Dahlonega square. Free. 706-864-7247 or 800-231-5543.

Dawson County Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville. Crafts, food, live music, children's activities, parade and car show. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24-25, downtown Dawsonville square. Free. 877-302-9271.

Nightfall Halloween Festival, Gainesville. Kids can learn about nocturnal creatures, see live animals, do crafts and listen to stories. Oct. 24 and 30, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 Elachee members, $5 nonmembers. 770-535-1976.


Maize Quest, Alto. "Georgia grown"-themed cornfield maze. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 14. Flashlight nights, dusk to 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 12, Jaemor Farm, 5340 Ga. 365, Alto. $8 adults, $7 ages 4-7, free for children age 3 and younger. $5 hayride. 770-869-3999.

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Corn maze, hay rides, movie screenings and the Dungeon of Fear. Maze, 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22; Dungeon of Fear, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. various days Saturday-Nov. 7; movies throughout season each Friday and Saturday at dark. North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. Maze, $9-$10; Dungeon of Fear, $14-$15; hayride, $4-$5. 800-959-1874 or

"Tools for Living," Sautee. Exhibit of tools used to sustain early valley inhabitants. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association History Museum, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. 706-878-3300. 

Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.

"Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story," Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturdays, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 adults, $2 children ages 2-12, age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.