The third weekend of October means it's time for Ketner's Mill Country Fair.
One would be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend a beautiful, crisp fall day than browsing crafts, listening to bluegrass musicians and savoring a funnel cake at this outdoor fair in Powell's Crossroads.
The fair was established in 1977 by the late Frank W. McDonald to raise funds to help preserve the historic mill. He and his cousin, Clyde Ketner, introduced a new generation to Ketner's Mill. The fair is still run by family descendants and volunteers.
This weekend's 41st event will have more than 150 artists and craftsmen exhibiting on the mill grounds. Adults will enjoy browsing a variety of handmade work and listening to bluegrass and gospel musicians while kids will get a kick out of skipping rocks across the millstream or hopping on a wagon ride.
The historic mill is always open for tours, and visitors can purchase a bag of Ketner's self-rising cornmeal to take home.
Another festival worth taking note of is the new Big Gig Festival in Miller Park sponsored by EPB.
Because EPB is nearing its goal of serving 100,000 homes and businesses with its fiber-optic network, the company is celebrating with the Big Gig Community Festival on Saturday in Miller Park.
During the event, a portion of M.L. King Boulevard, 10th Street and Georgia Avenue will be closed to motorized traffic to accommodate activities that include a lumberjack show presented by Timberworks, college football on big-screen TVs complete with game-day food from Sticky Fingers, and demonstrations by chefs from 2 Sons Kitchen and Easy Bistro.
There will be music by The Beaters, Masseuse and Rare Coalition, food trucks on-site and lots of fun for kids, including a Halloween costume contest, obstacle course, Berry Go Round, free cotton candy and moon walk.
Free parking will be available in the EPB parking garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Those parking spots can be accessed through the 10th Street entrance from either Broad or Market Streets.
For more information and to see a full schedule: epb.com/BigGig.
FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND
* North Georgia Agricultural Fair: 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga., gates open weekdays at 5 p.m., 11 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, $2-$6; 70th annual agricultural fair with carnival rides, crafts, music, exhibits. 706-278-1712
* Big Gig Festival: Miller Park, 928 Market St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free; music, games, college football on big-screen tvs, lumberjack show, food trucks. epb.com/BigGig
* Black Bear Festival: City Park, 1400 N. Third Ave., Chatsworth, Ga., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $2 ages 11 and older. www.exploregeorgia.org
* Cleveland Apple Festival: Bradley County Courthouse Square, 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, $5 adults, $4 senior adults and children ages 4-12, $25 family pass for two adults and up to four children; craft and food vendors, music, free kids zone. www.clevelandapplefestival.org
* Colorfest: Brow Park, Lake Street at East River Road, Mentone, Ala., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; 5K, boat tours, children's area, craft and food vendors. MentoneColorfest@gmail.com
* Days of Yesteryear: 17900 Highway 127, Dunlap, Tenn., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free; food and craft vendors, kids contests, hay rides, tractor Olympics, tractor pulls. 423-554-3276
* Georgia 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; 47th annual fair with 300 vendors, car show in Civic Center on Saturday www.georgiaapplefestival.org.
* Gold Rush Days: Downtown Dahlonega, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday- Sunday, free; 300 vendors in festival sponsored by Dahlonega Jaycees. www.dahlonegajaycees.com
* Ketner's Mill Country Fair: Ketner's Mill, between Tennessee Highways 27 and 28 near Whitwell, Tenn., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday (all times Eastern), $7 ages 13 and older; 100 craft and food vendors, music, hayrides, tours of operational 1882 mill. www.ketnersmill.org
* Oktoberfest: Knights of Columbus Fairgrounds, 2892 U.S. 70, 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 14 and older; German food, Bavarian bands, beer and dancing. www.crossvilleoktoberfest.com
* Oktoberfest: Historic depot, 119 E. Washington St., Summerville, Ga., noon-7 p.m. Saturday, free, German food and music. 706-859-0900
* Webb School Art and Craft Show: Webb School campus, 319 Webb Road, and downtown Bell Buckle, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (all times Central), free, 700 crafts vendors with shuttle from campus to town. www.BellBuckleChamber.com
* Main Street Farmers Market Falltoberfest: 522 W. Main St., 4-6 p .m. Wednesday, free, sustainably produced vegetables, music, apple cider and hand pies, pumpkin carving and special-event vendors. Free event parking in Finley Stadium lot. mainstfarmersmarket.com