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Taste biscuits, listen to sound of bluegrass in Sautee Nacoochee
Second annual festival set for March 26
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Second annual Blue Ribbon Biscuits and Bluegrass Festival
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26
Where: Sautee Nacoochee Center outdoor stage, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee
Cost: $10 for adults and free for children younger than 16
More info: snca.org

Easter weekend often brings family and friends together. But what is there to do before Easter Sunday?

The Sautee Nacoochee Center has the answer: the second annual Blue Ribbon Biscuits and Bluegrass Festival.

Centered on family-oriented fun, the festival will feature a variety of bluegrass performers, including Sweet Tea and the Bluegrass Boys, Good in the Kitchen, Shoal Creek, and award-winning singer-songwriter Jeanette Williams.

“All are top-notch bluegrass bands,” said DeDe Vogt, performing arts director at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.

The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Sautee Nacoochee Center outdoor stage, 283 Ga. 255 N, in Sautee Nacoochee. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to listen to the live music and enjoy the community atmosphere. The festival will move inside the SNC’s historic gym if it rains.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children younger than 16 may enter for free.

Along with bluegrass, biscuits will be a large focus, served fresh and hot from Sweetwater Coffeehouse and Cimmi’s Café from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“(Attendees can) get different kinds of biscuits. Biscuits with gravy, a plain buttered biscuit and even a chicken pot pie biscuit,” Vogt said.

A milk and jam bar will be full of condiments for every individually designed biscuit masterpiece.

Children can participate in a range of activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including a scavenger hunt, face painting and egg hunt.

“We will (also) have ... zucchini races,” Vogt said. “Children can build a racecar out of zucchini squash and race it.”

While the children challenge their creativity with the zucchini race cars, adults can test their culinary skills by entering the pickle and pie contests. Festival-goers can can bring pickles or pie to be judged by an area mayor from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Vogt said.

To enter, call the Sautee Nacoochee Center at 706-878-3300. Contest entry is free with admission.

Blue ribbon winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

Bakers, bluegrass enthusiasts and everyone in between can enjoy the Blue Ribbon Biscuit and Bluegrass Festival.

“We can’t think of anything more family-oriented than putting biscuits and bluegrass together in a day,” Vogt said.

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