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11th annual HemlockFest returns to Dahlonega Nov. 6-8
Ben LaChance, an Appalachian Outfitters employee, volunteers last year at the HemlockFest. He pulls in Jaiden Hillmann, 11, Avery Hillmann, 10, and Thad Hood, 13, from paddling around the lake in Murrayville.

One of the world’s largest grassroots groups for saving Hemlock trees is holding its 11th annual festival in Dahlonega this weekend.

Hosted by the Lumpkin Coalition, HemlockFest is an annual gathering that raises money to increase public awareness for Eastern and Carolina Hemlock tree problems, and provide financial support for area colleges and universities in their efforts to save the Hemlocks.

Hemlocks are a genus of evergreens that help purify area rivers and streams and offer shelter to local wildlife.

The event will be at Starbridge Sanctuary, seven miles from historic Dahlonega at 396 Starbridge Road, Murrayville. Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday, and the festival ends at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased at through midnight today. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate all weekend. The event is rain or shine.

For directions and other information, visit the website.

The HemlockFest started as a music festival and fundraiser at Three Sister’s Vineyard, but has since moved to Starbridge, a privately owned property close to Dahlonega and GA 400.

According to its website, the event will feature music, art, educational workshops, food, canoeing, camping, walking trails and other activities in a “comfortable and safe atmosphere for all ages and walks of life.”

According to The Lumpkin Coalition’s website, the organization is a diverse group of “wonderful folks united by a common commitment to preserving and enhancing the special quality of life here in North Georgia.”

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