Staff file photo / The Prater's Mill Country Fair, one of the region's most enduring festivals, returns this weekend in Whitfield County, Ga.

Apples and pumpkins will share the spotlight this weekend as the latest lineup of festivals serves up the favorite fruits of fall. Other events offer a choice between Appalachian traditions and borrowed Bavarian customs.

Here's a look around the region.

Remember that the New Salem Mountain Festival, which would have been held this weekend, has been canceled.


— Chattanooga Oktoberfest: First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. A two-day Chattanooga Market celebration, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. German food, oompah bands, chicken dances, craft beers; new this year: Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Free.

— Craft/Bake Sale: Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Benefit for church's Golden Agers group, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 706-866-0164

— Fall Arts in the Park: City Park, 350 Gray St., Blue Ridge, Ga. Displays and demonstrations by 150-plus artists and crafters, food vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5, ages 12 and older.

— Finster Fest: Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, Ga. Sixty-plus folk and fine artists, live music, guest speakers, property tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5 admission; free parking for disabled visitors on site; others park at Walmart, 13427 Highway 27, and ride free shuttle.

— Fun Family Farm Festival: Sweet Dreams Farm arena, 935 Lawson Federal Road, Ball Ground, Ga. Hands-on horse experiences, Revelation Riders demonstrations, pumpkin chunkin', inflatables, petting zoo, hayrides and maze, festival games, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; charges for some activities.

— Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair: Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, traffic light No. 8 on Gatlinburg Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 24. Exhibit and demonstrations by 200-plus crafters, music at noon and 3 p.m. daily. $10, adults (unlimited returns).

— Georgia Apple Festival: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga. More than 300 arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, parade, antique car show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (repeats Oct. 16-17). $5, ages 10 and older; civic and school groups handle parking with requested donation.

— Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts vendors, holiday favorites cooking contest, country, classic rock and gospel artists, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Oct. 16. $12 day pass includes most concerts (2 and 7 p.m.); separate ticket required Oct. 9 ($40, Tracy Lawrence) and Oct. 16 ($35-$45, Ronnie Milsap and Mark Wills).

— Prater's Mill Country Fair: 5845 Highway 2, Dalton, Ga. Fair centered on functioning 1855 mill at Coahulla Creek, with 160-plus artists and crafters, traditional craft demonstrations, homemade Southern foods, live entertainment, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $7 per day ages 13 and older (free with military ID); free parking and shuttle service.

— Pumpkin Palooza: Greenway Park and Pavilion, 755 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Family festival with arts and crafts, product vendors, food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free.

— Pumpkintown: 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. More than 200 vendors, powwow, entertainment, children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

— Wooden Family Harvest Festival: Oren Wooden's Apple House, 6351 New Harmony Road, Pikeville, Tenn. Crafts, food, pumpkin patch, family activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT Friday and Saturday.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette File Photo / Tracy Lawrence will be in concert Saturday at the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival. Most of the daily concerts for the nine-day festival, Oct. 8-16, are included in the $12 day pass, but a separate $40 ticket is required for Lawrence, the country singer known for such hits as "Paint Me a Birmingham," "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" and "Alibis."


— Fall Festival: Mayfield Farm Park, 257 state Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip lines, Thursday-Sunday, through Oct. 31, plus daily Oct. 11-17; fireworks Fridays in October; Haunted Trail opens Saturday. $14.95 online, $16.95 at gate.

— Fun on the Farm: Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hayrides to pumpkin patch, animal petting barn, bounce pad, games, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. $15 ages 3 and up.

— Grandaddy's Farm: 454 Highland Ridge Road, Estill Springs, Tenn. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, pig races, animal corral, fall market, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 30. Activity area $13 ages 3 and up.

— Harvest Celebration on the Mountain: Flat Top Mountain Farm, 13100 Jones Gap Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze and pumpkin patch, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 31. $10 ages 4 and up. Family-friendly haunted maze Fridays and Saturdays in October, $15.

— Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights: Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Artistic sculptures, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal food, entertainment, through Oct. 30. $79 ages 10-61.

— National Storytelling Festival: Storytelling sessions from the virtual festival, held Oct. 1-2, will be available online for up to 14 days. $75 per household.

— Oktoberfest: Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, Ga. Traditional music, dancing, food and beer, daily through Nov. 7; doors open at 6 p.m. during the week, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8 during the week, $10 Saturdays, free on Sundays.

— The River Maze: 1371 Highway 64, Ocoee, Tenn. Corn and hay mazes, pumpkin patch, cow train, zip lines, 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-8 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. $8-$14 depending on activities.

— Rocktoberfest: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. German music, food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. $26.95 adults, $14.95 children 3-12. Reserved timed-entry tickets required.

— Rotary Club Craft Fair: Patriot Park, 186 Old Mill Ave., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Handmade arts and crafts show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Oct. 30. Free admission and parking; freewill donations distributed to local charities.

— Scarecrows in the Garden: Atlanta Botanical Garden, 345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. See scarecrows created by artists, crafters, youth groups and businesses, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through Oct. 31 (last entry at 8 p.m.; closed Mondays except for Columbus Day). $22.95 adults, $19.95 (ages 3-12) weekdays; $2 more on weekends; timed tickets required.

— Scarecrows on the Farm: Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Vote on a favorite scarecrow built by community supporters, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Oct. 30. Free admission. Pumpkin carving, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 9, 16, 23; $16 fee includes one pumpkin, carving knife to use and outdoor space you don't have to clean up; additional pumpkins $10; may bring additional carving tools from home; registration required.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.