A silent auction and miniature golf are new additions for the Art in the Park festival. The 18th annual event will be held Sept. 20-21 at Hurricane Shoals Park, located between Jefferson and Maysville.
The festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.
Silent auction items will include two Georgia-Tennessee football game tickets, a kids bicycle and a canoe made from trees at the park. The silent auction will be held at the Tumbling Waters Society booth.
The new “Spirit of the River” miniature golf course at Hurricane Shoals Park will be open during the festival. Carved bears, Native Americans and replicas of the chapel and cabins at the park are depicted in the course.
A wide variety of food, including barbecue, hamburgers, bratwurst, fried pies, funnel cakes and boiled peanuts, will be offered.
Tours of the chapel, log cabins and other buildings in the Heritage Village will be offered. A blacksmith will be at his forge and there will be soap-making, quilting demonstrations and a beekeeper with his honeybees. James Mathis will display his arrowhead collection and a video on Clyde Freeman will be on view.
Craftsman from all over North Georgia will demonstrate their work and have handmade items for sale. Children’s art will be displayed in the round pavilion. Children’s activities will include a Moonwalk, obstacle course and giant slide, ponies and a petting zoo. Games and activities for children will also be offered.
Splash, the festival mascot, will entertain children throughout the festival. Entertainment featuring area bands will also be offered both days.
The 5K Mill Race will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday. A one-mile Fun Run or Walk will take place at 2:30 p.m. Fees are $15 to pre-register and $18 on race day. For more information, contact Keith Ariail at 706-335-5519.
The grand finale will be the Duck Dash on Sunday. Ducks can be sponsored for $5 each or five ducks for $20. Prizes will be: a 26-inch LCD flatscreen TV and DVD player, a $300 Home Depot gift certificate and a $200 Home Depot gift certificate.
Admission and parking will be free.
The Tumbling Waters Society hosts the annual event. All proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the park.
For more information, contact the Tumbling Waters Society at www.hurricaneshoalspark.org or by contacting Becky Perry at 706-335-6723.