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Fiddlers, flowers and fun at the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
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HIAWASSEE — The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival will bring fiddlers, a flower show, crafts, country music and even hog races to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Friday through Oct. 21.

"There will be music in the music hall every night, and then the second weekend is the Georgia State Fiddlers’ Convention and it goes for two nights," said Jan Graves, an office assistant at the fairgrounds.

The convention brings musicians from across the state, ready to compete with harmonicas, dulcimers, dobros, banjos, fiddles and other bluegrass instruments.

Even buck-dancers can find a place to compete at the convention.

A variety of country, bluegrass and gospel singers also will perform nightly at the festival, including Crystal Gayle, Earl Thomas Conley and Fiddlin’ Howard Cunningham.

Arts and crafts will be exhibited, along with old-fashioned demonstrations in the Pioneer Village, an "authentically recreated town," according to Graves.

The village includes a mercantile store, a one-room schoolhouse, a smokehouse and other old-time exhibits.

Logan Turnpike Mill of Blairsville will share how to grind corn and some samples of food created with stone-ground grains.

The Hiawassee Garden Club will hold a flower show starting at noon on Friday. Participants can bring flowers to be judged, and visitors can stroll through the garden building and view the blooms.

Kids can root for their favorite pig while watching the "Hambone Express," a pig race featured at the festival.

"What they do is they set up a little track, and they have three shows daily. And the little pigs will race around the track," Graves said.

Entry to the festival is $8 per person daily, with the exception of Wednesday, when admission will be $7. Parking at the fairgrounds is $2 per car.