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Dahlonega's Gold Rush Days festival celebrates 60 years
Jacob and Anna Riggs of Cumming shop at one of the many booths at last year’s Gold Rush Days in downtown Dahlonega. The 2014 festival will kick off next weekend. - photo by Get Out file photo

Gold Rush Days

What: 60th Gold Rush Days fall festival with music, entertainment, vendors and food

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18-19

Where: Downtown Dahlonega

Cost: $10 parking per car; cash for vendor purchases

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Gold Rush Days celebrating Dahlonega’s history during a boom era have been a tradition for ages. And the popular festival invites North Georgians to the annual party next weekend.

Sponsored by the Jaycees, the two-day event features live music, favorite foods and vendors ranging from homemade candles to knives, T-shirts and wood carvings.

The festival kicks off at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 on the downtown Dahlonega square. The Dahlonega Jaycees will begin the celebration by selling a limited number of “60 Years of Gold Rush” T-shirts.

Entertainment begins early with a performance by K.I.S.S. Club and a beard-growing contest.

“We got a couple of really popular groups performing, like Caryn Womack, Radford Windham and Step Back Cadillac, Coal Mountain Band, and T.W. Holeman,” said Jaycees’ communications officer Josh Haynes.

A parade will launch Saturday’s festivities along with a cross-cutting saw contest. More competitions will follow Oct. 19 such as clogging and a fashion show.

“Sunday is a more relaxed day for us,” Haynes said. “Most of the performances happen on Saturday.”

In addition to the music, Gold Rush Days features vendors galore. Attendees can check the Dahlonega Jaycees’ Facebook page for timely updates on vendors throughout the weekend.

“A lot of our local charities will be there, and this is one of the years where everyone is really excited,” Haynes said.

Haynes noted those planning to make purchases should bring cash, as most vendors do not have the ability to accept credit or debit cards.

Radio station Thunder 104.3 FM will be at the events all weekend with music and interviews.

Parking for Gold Rush Days will be on the University of North Georgia campus and at the campus parking deck for $10.

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