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Gold Rush floods downtown Dahlonega
Festival marks anniversary of discovery of gold in North Georgia mountains
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Gold Rush Days

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19-20

Where: Public Square in downtown Dahlonega

Cost: Free for festival, $20 for parade registration, cash only

The stage is almost set for the unique, hometown atmosphere at the Gold Rush Days festival in downtown Dahlonega this weekend.

Since it started in 1956, vendors, volunteers and the rest of the community look forward to festival.

The 200,000 people expected to flock to the Lumpkin County town will celebrate Georgia’s first discovery of gold in 1828, all while enjoying the arts and crafts of more than 300 local vendors during Dahlonega’s biggest weekend.

Featuring a parade, the king and queen coronation, 5K run and live music, the Public Square comes alive on the third weekend of October each year. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees, cultural events such as clogging, hog calling, gospel singing, wheelbarrow racing and a buck dancing competition will be going on. It was recently voted as one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Guests are invited to sport the oldest duds they can find for the Old Fashion Day Fashion Show.

The 5K run, although not sponsored by the Jaycees, will run through Dahlonega Saturday morning.

Those wishing to register in the parade should contact volunteers at the sheriff’s office from noon to 2 p.m. to join in the fun. A $20 cash entry fee is required. This parade will also feature contestants of the Little Miss Gold Rush Pageant.

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