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Mountain fun returns
Georgia Mountain Fair reopens in Hiawassee for 59th year
Last year’s Georgia Mountain Fair featured food, carnival rides and family fun. Now in its 59th year, the Hiawassee-based attraction will run through July 25 — culminating with a concert by the Bellamy Brothers.

The gates for the annual Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee swung open Wednesday, welcoming attendees to enjoy music, food and old-time crafts.

This is the 59th year for the fair. The event, which wraps up July 25, includes the Miss Georgia Mountain Fair pageant, demonstrations in blacksmithing, soap making and corn grinding and a midway with carnival-style rides.

The fair is also known for its country and bluegrass performances, and wraps up with the Bellamy Brothers performing July 25. Other performers include Jimmy Wayne, Ronnie McDowell and Gene Watson.

The fair is also a good spot to grab a bite to eat, whether it’s North Georgia-grown trout, corn dogs or even some homemade jam or jelly available for sale in the exhibit halls.

All the proceeds from the fair benefit the Towns County Lions, which puts the money toward community service projects.