published Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

The ultimate user's guide to Chattanooga-area fall festivals

Judah Holly, left, and John Shoemaker play with Hula Hoops during a concert at the Normal-Palooza arts and music festival. This year's festival will be Nov. 10.
Judah Holly, left, and John Shoemaker play with Hula Hoops during a concert at the Normal-Palooza arts and music festival. This year's festival will be Nov. 10.
Photo by Jake Daniels.
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    Melissa McFail turns alpaca wool into yarn outside the grist mill at a previous Ketner's Mill Country Art Fair. This year's festival will be Oct. 20-21.
    Photo by Jake Daniels.
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Festivalgoers will soon find the leaves aren't all that's changing this fall.

There are notable deletions and additions to this season's circuit of fall festivals and craft shows.

The YMCA Christmas Market, a 36-year holiday gift mart, will not be held, nor will the Fall Color Cruise at Hale's Bar Marina.

Connie Farrar, Y Market volunteer chairman, cited the increasing difficulty in scheduling quality vendors as one of the reasons for its demise. Management at Hale's Bar said there remains a chance the Color Cruise could return in 2013, but the property just came under new management and did not have time to sufficiently prepare an event this season.

Chattanooga Market is taking over the production of the annual Holiday Hodgepodge on Signal Mountain in October. In fact, the Market is a major player in this season's festival schedule, producing not only Hodgepodge but Monday's Arts in the Park in Collegedale as well as three other events under the Chattanooga Market umbrella.

Chattanooga Market's Paul Smith said the group that produced Hodgepodge had dissolved and there was no one to coordinate the benefit for the Mountain Arts Community Center.

"This is the 40th anniversary of Hodgepodge," said Smith. "Being a Signal Mountain resident, I wanted to make sure the festival continues, and we (the market) have the means to do it. Chattanooga Market will produce the event, and it will still be a fundraiser for the MACC."

New to fall's calendar is the Cowpea Festival in Charleston, Tenn., on Sept. 15. Cowpea is Southern slang for black-eyed peas, field peas, crowder peas, etc. So festival organizers have secured Bush's Beans as a festival sponsor. Included in the music and merriment will be a Cowpea Cook-off.

Festivalgoers may notice a burgeoning number of church bazaars this season. These and many more outings for fall fun are included in the 79 events in today's Fall Festival Guide.

Contact Susan Pierce at spierce@times freepress.com or 423-757-6284.

SAVE THE DATE: 2012 FALL FESTIVAL CALENDAR

TODAY

• Appalachian Celtic Festival and Highland Games: Ringgold Municipal Recreation Facility, 288 Emberson Drive, Ringgold, Ga., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-12. appalachiancelticconnection.org.

• Kids Fest: Knights of Columbus Hall, 7615 Lee Highway, 1-5 p.m., free family festival. www.kofc6099.org.

• Pioneer Days: Sam Smith Park at Milam Farm, 1155 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville, Ga., noon-11 p.m. today, noon-10 p.m. Monday, $5 ages 13 and older, $20 unlimited carnival rides. Take Exit 288 off I-75 onto Highway 113 South, heading west through Cartersville approximately 3 miles. Left onto Douthit Ferry, through traffic light, to four-way stop. 800-733-2280.

• Railfest: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Grand Junction Station, 4119 Cromwell Road, 51st anniversary celebration, live entertainment 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today, train rides, petting zoo, children's activities and railroad display, $20 adults, $15 children. www.tvrail.com.

• Running Water Powwow: Ridge Ferry Park, 501 Riverside Parkway, Rome, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $7 ages 13 and older, children 12 and under or ages 65 and older are free. Cherokee Homecoming and Ripe Corn Festival features Grand Entry at 1 p.m. 706-509-8119.

MONDAY

• Arts in the Park: Veterans Park on Apison Pike, Collegedale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. 402-9960.

• Mule Day: Ider Park, Ider, Ala., car show registration 8 a.m.-noon, $20 entry; parade 9:30 a.m., mule and horse show at 11 a.m., mule pull at 10:30 a.m., draft horse pull at 1 p.m., gospel singing 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and more. Ages 6 and older $2. 256-657-4184.

SEPT. 7-16

• Tennessee State Fair: Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday (all times Central). Advance tickets $5 online; at the gate $8 adults, $5 ages 3-18 or over 55; $3 discount with any nonwinning Tennessee lottery ticket. tnstatefair.org.

SEPT. 7-9

• Fall Festival: Apison Baptist Church, 11127 Old East Brainerd Road, Apison, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, free. 236-4291.

• Fried Green Tomato Festival: Niota Depot on Main Street, Niota, Tenn., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, free. www.niota-tn.org.

• Memories on Mulberry: Courthouse lawn, Highway 11, Loudon, Tenn., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, free. Held in conjunction with Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Festival at Legion Field in Loudon. 865-458-6433.

• Mountaineer Days Festival: Tracy City, Tenn., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. CDT Saturday, $2. 931-592-2277.

• Mountaineer Folk Festival: Fall Creek Falls Nature Center, 10821 Park Road, Pikeville, Tenn., 7-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $3 per day, $6 weekend pass. 881-5709.

• Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair: Pine Log United Methodist Church campground, Rydal, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $3 ages 12 and up. Juried arts and crafts fair in historic camp meeting site. Take Exit 293 off I-75, take Highway 411 north eight miles to Pine Log UMC, turn left by Exxon station. 800-733-2280.

• Yellow Daisy Festival: Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, $10 per vehicle. Outdoor show with 400 vendors. festivals.stonemountainpark.com.

• White Oak Crafts Fair: The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (all times Central), free, arts and crafts show on banks of East Fork Stones River. 615-563-2787.

SEPT. 14-16

• Arts Festival at Rose Lawn: Historic Rose Lawn mansion and museum, 224 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission to arts and crafts show, $5 admission to tour home. Take Exit 288 off I-75, go west 2.5 miles into downtown Cartersville, cross railroad, at second light turn right onto Bartow, at four-way stop turn left onto Cherokee Avenue. 800-733-2280.

• Art in the Garden Party: Bethlehem Gardens, 423 Appaloosa Drive, Dalton, Ga., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, plein air painters at work, sponsored by Dalton Civic Arts League Inc. 580-2270.

• Chickamauga Yesteryears/War Between the States Day: Events at Gordon Lee Mansion, Lee & Gordon's Mill and Chickamauga Coke Ovens Park in Chickamauga, Ga., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. 706-375-4438.

• Cowpea Festival and Cook-off: Charleston City Park, Worth Street, Charleston, Tenn., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, free admission, $5 parking. cowpeafestival.com.

• Fall Open House: Center Post Community Center, 8125 Highway 337, LaFayette, Ga., 2-6 p.m. Saturday, free. 706-638-1935.

• Festival 2012: Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free. 706-278-0168.

• Plateau Arts Festival: 451 Lakeview Drive, Exit 322 off I-40 Peavine Road exit, Fairfield Glade, Tenn., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday (all times Central), sponsored by the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade. 931-707-7104.

• Plein Air Festival: The Arts Center, 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, Ga., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, free. 706-632-2144.

SEPT. 15-NOV. 4

• Old McDonald's Farm Fall Festival: McDonald Farm, 16705 Coulterville Road, Sale Creek, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. each Saturday, noon-7 p.m. each Sunday; open Tuesday-Friday by appointment for school field trips, $11 ages 3 and older, fee includes free pumpkin. Weekend farm fun for the family includes hay maze, wagon rides, farm activities. 531-CORN.

SEPT. 20-OCT. 28

• Oktoberfest: Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, Ga., 6-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, 1-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday, $8 Monday-Friday, $9 Saturday, free on Sunday. Annual celebration of German food, music and dance. 706-878-1908.

SEPT. 21-23

• Homestead Apple Festival: Grounds of Homestead Tower Museum, junction of highways 127 and 68, four miles south of Crossville, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), $2 ages 7 and older. 931-456-9663.

• Polly Crockett Festival: Tennessee Avenue in Cowan, Tenn., 1-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free admission but nominal charges to register for contests. 931-967-6788.

SEPT. 28-30

• Arts and Crafts Fair: New Heights Baptist Church, 158 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, free.

• Hamilton County Fair: Chester Frost Park, catch shuttles at either Northgate Mall or Middle Valley Recreation Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Shuttle fare of $6 adults, $4 children ages 3-12 includes entry fee to fair. www.hamiltontn.gov/fair.

• National Muscadine Festival: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Tsali Notch Vineyard in Sweetwater, Tenn., and 7-10 p.m. in downtown Sweetwater, free. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. downtown Sweetwater, free admission, $5 Kids Zone armband. nationalmuscadinefestival.com.

• Rock Spring Show & Sell: Rock Spring United Methodist Church, corner of Highway 95 and Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free. 309-7249.

• TACA Fall Craft Fair: Centennial Park, 2600 West End Ave., Nashville, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free admission, sponsored by Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. 615-736-7600.

OCT. 3-NOV. 3

• Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, closed Thursday. One-day ticket $56 ages 12-59, $51 ages 60 and older, $44 ages 4-11. www.dollywood.com.

OCT. 5-7

• Autumn Children's Festival: Tennessee Riverpark, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission, activities require tickets that are 50 cents to $2. Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chattanooga. 443-7800.

• Boynton Craft Show: Boynton Church of God, 1956 Three Notch Road, Ringgold, Ga., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free. 706-935-6972.

• Fall Bazaar: First United Methodist Church, 3425 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, free; homemade soup/dessert lunch sold 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 423-476-4504.

• Fall Festival: John C. Campbell Folk School, 1 Folk School Road, Brasstown, N.C., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $5 adults, $3 ages 12-17. 828-837-2775.

• Go!Fest: Chattanooga Zoo, 1254 E. Third St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free day at the zoo for people of all ages and abilities. www.gofestchattanooga.org.

• Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Downtown Adairsville, Ga., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, $3 ages 6 and older, free on Sunday. Exit 306 off I-75, then west on Highway 140 through traffic light, left onto Main to downtown square. 800-733-2280.

• Heritage Day Festival: Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free admission, tours of historic house $1. 706-638-5187.

• Holiday Hodgepodge: Signal Mountain Community Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $3, benefits Mountain Arts Community Center, 40th anniversary show. 402-9960.

• Monteagle Homecoming and Civil War Days: 16 Dixie Ave., Monteagle, Tenn., 3-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. until dark Saturday (all times Central), free. 931-924-2265.

• Nillie Bipper Festival: Tri-State Exhibition Center, go west off Exit 20 off I-75 and continue straight to exhibit center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 75 vendors, $5 adults, $4 ages 60 and over. clevelandchamber.com.

• One Bridge Arts Festival: Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore parking lot, 40 Frazier Ave., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free. 413-8999.

• Sewanee Arts and Crafts Fall Fair: Shoup Park on University Avenue, campus of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Saturday, free, 40 exhibitors. 931-598-9059.

• Three Sisters Festival: Ross's Landing, downtown Chattanooga, 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, free bluegrass festival.

OCT. 5-14

• RiverRocks: Ten-day outdoor festival with 90 events to celebrate the area's natural beauty. Complete list of events at RiverRocksChattanooga.com.

OCT. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

• Rocktoberfest: Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Rock City square transformed with German food, music and dance, free with regular park admission. seerockcity.com/rocktoberfest.

OCT. 11-28

• Craftsmen's Fair: Gatlinburg Convention Center, 920 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $6 ages 13 and older. 865-436-7479.

OCT. 12-14

• Bark in the Park: Heritage Park, intersection of Jenkins and East Brainerd roads, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free community festival. chattbitp@gmail.com

• Ellijay Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 11 and older; antique car show in Civic Center Saturday. georgiaapplefestival.org.

• Fall Craft Fair: Front Street on the depot lawn, Spring City, Tenn., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free. springcitychamberof commerce.com.

• Harvest of Art Show & Sale: Rhea County Welcome Center, corner of highways 27 and 107, Dayton, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, free. 423-775-5122.

• New Salem Mountain Festival: New Salem Community Center, 12477 Highway 136, Lookout Mountain, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 12 and older. 706-398-1988.

• Oktoberfest: Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, free.

• Oktoberfest: Knights of Columbus grounds, 2892 Highway 70 East, three miles east of Crossville, Tenn., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday (all times Central), $7.50 ages 15 and older per day. 931-707-7291.

• Prater's Mill Country Fair: Prater's Mill, Highway 2, 10 miles north of Dalton, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $7 ages 13 and older. 706-694-MILL.

• Pumpkintown: Downtown square, Athens, Tenn., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, free, contests, mutt strut, crafts on streets around square. www.pumpkintownfestival.com.

OCT. 12-21

• Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, Ga., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, $5 gate without music shows, $10 in addition to gate with music shows, $2 parking. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

OCT. 18-21

• Alabama Gourd Festival: Cullman Civic Center, Cullman, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $3 ages 13 and older; all crafts made of gourds. www.alabamagourdsociety.org.

• Cleveland Apple Festival: Downtown Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Two-day pass $6 adults, $4 children; one-day ticket $4 adults, $3 children. clevelandapplefestival.org.

• Colorfest: Downtown Mentone, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free. 706-398-0858.

• Community Fall Festival: NHC Rossville, 1425 McFarland Ave., Rossville, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, free admission; chili supper $5 adults, $3 children. 706-861-00863.

• Ellijay Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 11 and older. georgiaapplefestival.org.

• Gordon County Antique Engine/Tractor Club Show: Cherokee Capital Fairgrounds, Highway 53 spur west, Calhoun, Ga., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, free admission. Pinto bean/cornbread dinner Saturday at 11 a.m. to benefit club's scholarship fund. 706-629-7227.

• Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair: Powell's Crossroads, between state highways 27 and 28 near Whitwell, Tenn., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, $5 ages 13 and older. www.ketnersmill.org

• Webb School Arts and Crafts Show: Webb School campus on Highway 82 and downtown Bell Buckle, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), 500 exhibitors. 931-389-9663.

OCT. 24

• Fall Festival: Soddy United Methodist Church, 255 Depot St., Soddy-Daisy, 6-8 p.m., free. 332-1148.

OCT. 26-28

• Fall Festival: Belvoir Christian Academy, 800 Belvoir Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free admission, $5 plate lunches. Rummage sale in school gymnasium opens at 8 a.m. 622-3755.

• Fall Festival: Burks United Methodist Church, 6429 Hixson Pike, 3-7 p.m. Sunday, free. www.burks.org.

• LVES-Toberfest: Lookout Valley Elementary School, 701 Browns Ferry Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, PTA carnival with barbecue, kids games. 314-6148.

NOV. 2-4

• Gingerbread Shoppe: Christ United Methodist Church, corner of Morris Hill and East Brainerd roads, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free. 618-4519.

NOV. 9-11

• Christmas Village: Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday (all times Central). $10 ages 10 and older, 250 vendors in four buildings. christmasvillage.org.

• Normal-Palooza: Normal Park Museum Magnet School, upper school at corner of Dallas Road and Mississippi Avenue, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free. Street fair with arts, music, children's activities to raise funds for school. normalparkmuseummagnet.com.

• Walker Farms Pioneer Days: Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, free. 892-1499.

NOV. 17-18

• Walker Farms Pioneer Days: Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, free. 892-1499.

NOV. 30-DEC. 2

• Holiday Market: Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free, final market in pavilion. 402-9960.

DEC. 8-9, 15-16, 21-23

• Holiday Market Too: Chattanooga Convention Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, free, indoor gift market sponsored by Chattanooga Market. 402-9960.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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