Chattanooga-area weekend fall festivals focus on gardening, pumpkins and pickles

If you enjoy the bright palette of leaves and flowers that come in fall, Hamilton County’s Master Gardeners can show you how to incorporate the changing seasons into your home landscape at the Fall Garden Festival on Saturday.

“Our mission is ‘We Teach You How,’ and we look forward to meeting and educating the many interested gardeners in our area,” Festival President Lisa Clark said in a press release.

Clark said members of the volunteer organization will share their knowledge and expertise through a wide range of gardening and nature exhibits and demonstrations.

“In addition, there will be a selection of plant, tree and shrub vendors, as well as handmade foods, nature-inspired crafts and other items, and fun activities. and educational for children,” she said.

Also on Saturday is the Pick’n & Get’n Market at the Tennessee Riverpark. The gathering of vendors at the start of the day will be followed by a concert by Ringgold, Georgia-based country band Seth David Coley and the Rabbit Valley Boys.

Other events in the area this weekend feature fried pumpkins, apples and pickles. Meanwhile, the Lee University Campus Choir travels to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for the opening weekend of Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood. The set is one of six acts that will perform on Saturday.

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— DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair: VFW Hall, 151 18th St. NW, Fort Payne, Ala. Includes agricultural displays, livestock shows, midway carnival and music, Monday through October 1. Entertainment with The Sharps and Brian Free & Assurance on the final night; Incredible Wallenda family circus in two shows every night. Doors open at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday (all times central). $4 6 years and over; carnival supplement; $3 parking.

— Fall Festival: Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Three corn mazes, pumpkin patch, zip lines, pig races; new this year, obstacle course and rope mountain, Saturday-Oct 30. $17 online, $20 at the door all visitors ages 3 and up; Individual and family seasonal packages available.

— Autumn Garden Festival: Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle. Exhibits and demonstrations by Hamilton County Master Gardeners, children’s activities, plant vendors, yard art, food trucks, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 (free for children under 12); free parking.

–Finsterfest: Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, Ga. Over sixty folk, craft and fine artists, guest speakers, music on three stages, food, children’s activities, property tours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday . admission $5; free disabled parking on site; others park at Walmart, 13427 Highway 27, and take the free shuttle.

— Fried Pickles Festival: Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tenn. Arts, crafts, food and business vendors, music, pickle ice cream and pickle juice drinking contests, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, dog costume contests, 10 a.m. to 8 h pm saturday. FREE ENTRANCE.

— Fun on the farm: Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hay rides to the pumpkin patch, animal barn, bounce pad, games, Saturday through October 30. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 1 to 6 noon Sunday. $15 from 2 years old.

— Celebration of the harvest in the mountains: Flat-Top Mountain Farm, 638 Cemetery Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, fall flowers, until October 30. Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $10 from 4 years old.

— Pick’n & Get’n Market: Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Arts, crafts and wares vendors, Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free entry and parking. Followed by a concert by Seth David Coley and the Rabbit Valley Boys, 4-8 p.m., $5. [email protected]

— Display and sell: Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga. Arts and crafts stalls, food trucks, tractor show, inflatables, pony rides, live music, quilt raffle, quilt show in the sanctuary, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free entry and parking. 706-810-8199

Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.

Terri S. Tomasini