Chattanooga area weekend festivals include opportunities to celebrate apples, gardening, East Ridge

What do Big Wheels, apples and mulch have in common? They’ll all be talking points at the fall festivals in and around Chattanooga this weekend.

Ferris wheel races are part of an array of family-friendly activities as the town of East Ridge celebrates its 100th anniversary on Saturday with 90 vendors, six groups and five breweries offering concessions and entertainment.

Mulch is a mainstay of the Fall Garden Festival, also on Saturdays. Hamilton County Master Gardeners planned the fall event after a successful spring exhibit in May.

It will feature ‘a variety of vendors with plants [trees, shrubs and perennials], homemade food and yard art, as well as Master Gardener demonstrations and exhibits, and fun activities for kids, ”said group president Suzanne Ford. “People can learn about bees, bluebirds, composting, fall vegetables, growing buckets, grasses, mulching, native plants and pollinators, rain barrels, flower beds and raised trees. “

The show is also intended to mitigate the impact of the cancellation of the Hamilton County Fair, which is believed to have taken place this weekend, Ford said.

The Chattanooga Market Apple Festival takes place Sunday at the First Horizon Pavilion. This ode to apples promises products straight from the tree, but also cakes, pies, jellies, and even fruit-based candles.

Here is an overview of the region.

(READ MORE: Fall Festival Guide: Over 90 Events to Celebrate the Season in Chattanooga and Beyond)

SEVEN. 23-OCT. 3

– North Georgia State Fair: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, Ga. Carnival, live music, children’s barns, flower shows, blue ribbon contest, plus a lumberjack show, Jurassic Kingdom and an alligator show among new attractions, 4-11 Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Entry at the door of $ 10 from 11 years old; journey tickets cost extra. www.northgeorgiastatefair.com

SEVEN. 24-26

– Mistletoe vendors: Farm Bureau Expo Center, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tennessee. Over 100 merchants, silent auction, door prizes, as well as special shopping opportunities (Cupcakes & Cocktails, Muffins & Mimosas) with ticket upgrade, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday . $ 10 a day, $ 18 three days. www.midsouthmediagroup.com

SEVEN. 24-OCT. 30

– Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights: Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Artistic sculptures, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal cuisine, entertainment. $ 79 for 10-61 year olds, reductions for the youngest and the oldest. www.dollywood.com

SEVEN. 25

– Blue Ribbon Country Fair: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, Tenn. Pig Call, Rooster Crowing and Greased Pig, Lodge Ladies’ Pan Toss, Woodworking, Blacksmithing, Flint Carving, Foyer Cooking and Farm Shows, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $ 10 adults, $ 8 60 and over, $ 7 children 6-17. gsmheritagecenter.org

– East Ridge Centennial: Camp Jordan Park, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Community birthday party with music, beer garden, arts and crafts market, historic walk, food trucks, family activities, final fireworks display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastridge100.com

– Fall Garden Festival: Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle. Hamilton County Master Gardeners present exhibits and demonstrations, children’s activities, plant vendors, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $ 5 (free for children under 12); free parking. mghc.org

– Show & Sell: Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, GA, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft Kiosk, Food Trucks, Tractor Show, Kids’ Zone, Pony Rides, Live Music, Quilt raffle, quilt exhibit in the sanctuary, free hay rides. Free entry and parking. 706-810-8199

– Walker County Ag Festival: Walker County Ag Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Georgia.

SEVEN. 25-26

– Dancing Goats Folk Fest: 518 River St., Ellijay, Georgia. Popular art show with jury, crafts, mountain music, tales, traditional dishes, goat beauty contest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. dancinggoatsfolkfest.com

– Homesteads Apple Festival: Cumberland Homestead Tower and Museum, 96 Highway 68, Crossville, Tenn. Over 100 craft stalls, live music, French fries, antique tractors, storytelling, quilts, weaving, basketwork, woodcarving, jewelry makers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all Central hours), rain or shine. Admission $ 5 for ages 11 and up, valid for both days and includes a free visit to the Homesteads Tower Museum. cumberlandcountytn.gov

– Ride the Rails Festival: L&N Historic Depot, 150 Railroad Ave., Mineral Bluff, Ga. Tri-State Model Railroaders fundraiser with 5 mile ride to Murphy Junction and back, railroad cars, exhibition of model railroading, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both days. Motor car, $ 13 adults, $ 6 ages 2 to 17; extra car, $ 2 per person; mini hand car, free. www.tsmri.org

– Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival: Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, Georgia. Over 150 arts and crafts vendors, live music, children’s area, scarecrow exhibition, food concessions, 10 am-6pm Saturday, 10 am-5pm Sunday. $ 5 for ages 11 and up. serviceleague.net/fundraisers/riverfest

– Sandy Springs Artsapalooza Arts Festival: 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs, Georgia. The open-air festival features a children’s playground, local musicians, interactive art stations, up to 150 artists and artisans, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. sandspringsartsapalooza.com

SEVEN. 25-OCT 31

– Fall Festival: Mayfield Farm Park, 257 State Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin, zip lines, Thursday to Sunday and October 11 to 17 every day; fireworks on Fridays in October; Haunted Trail designated nights in October. $ 14.95 online, $ 16.95 at the door for all visitors aged 2 and over; season passes available. www.mayfieldfarmpark.com/fall-festival

– Fun on the farm: Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hay walks to the pumpkin patch, barn for animals, bounce mats, games, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $ 15 from 3 years old. guthriepumpkinfarm.com

SEVEN. 26

– Apple Festival: First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Apples, apple edibles, candles and other apple products, family activities, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Music by Redd & William at 12:30 p.m. and Lon Eldridge at 2 p.m. Release. chattanoogamarket.com


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Terri S. Tomasini