UNG Corps of Cadets on parade during Gold Rush Days Festival in Dahlonega.
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – There are fall festivals in north Georgia and then there are fall festivals. But there is something extra special about Gold Rush Days in this scenic little mountain community. It marks the celebration of one of the state’s most important historic events, the discovery of gold in 1828 and the gold rush that ignited.
The Southeast Tourism Society has voted Gold Rush Days one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast. An estimated 200,000 visitors are expected to kick up their heels Saturday and Sunday at the 63rd annual celebration.
This exciting, two-day event which begins Saturday, Oct. 2, offers something entertaining for everyone. There will be delicious food, a spirited parade, banjo pickin’ buck dancin’, gospel singin’, a gold pannin’ contest, hog callin’, wrist wrestlin’, wheelbarrow racin’ and hundreds or arts and crafts vendors all gathered around the public square and Historic District. The kids won’t get bored either because there is plenty to do for young and old.
The Dahlonega Jaycees produce this event each year, but it’s the volunteers, vendors, performers, festival-goers and downtown merchants who make this one of Georgia’s most beloved traditions.
With thousands of visitors descending on Dahlonega each year, Gold Rush Days has a major impact on the local economy. The Jaycees also use Gold Rush Days to help fund for their biggest philanthropic event of the year, the Empty Stocking Fund. Working with other community agencies and family advocates in the school system the Jaycees identify deserving families to adopt for the Christmas holiday. Last year, 26 families and 65 children were adopted.
Festival Booths will open at 9am and close at 6pm both days. Unless otherwise noted.
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