Weekend festivals in Chattanooga and beyond showcase cowpeas, fried green tomatoes, pioneer ways

File Photo / Vendors offering dishes made with the signature legume are a favorite stop for visitors to the International Cowpea Festival in Charleston, Tenn.

A dozen fairs and festivals beckon this weekend, with themes that range from cowpea cultivation to fried green tomato appreciation. Here's a look around the region.

- Cherokee Fall Festival: Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Highway 360, Vonore, Tennessee. Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance, blacksmithing, living-history demonstrations, Civil War encampment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 adults, $5 ages teens 13-18, $25 family rate. sequoyahmuseum.org

- Chickamauga anniversary: The city of Chickamauga, Georgia, celebrates 130 years Saturday with a car cruise-in, vendors and music by Eric & Eric at 1 p.m., with The Gravel Road Band at 5:30 p.m. and the movie "Scoob" at sunset. All events off Highway 27 downtown. cityofchickamauga.org

- Fall market: Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Arts, crafts, specialty products and food vendors, 10 a.m.-5