The inaugural Jayhawk Festival held on Saturday, Aug. 5, in Chickamauga proved a success. The event raised about $2,000 for the Children's Advocacy Center Mental Health Services.

The center serves the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, which includes Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga and Dade counties.

The event, held at Pigeon Mountain Grill in Chickamauga, included a variety of local musicians performing throughout the day, as well as area artists and vendors.

Musicians performed on two stages: a main stage and a smaller acoustic stage on the porch of the restaurant.

The festival was free to attend; but through donations, it raised about $2,000.

Organizer Vic Burgess said he created the festival in honor of his late father, Jay Burgess.

"We had a great turnout and it was a smoothly-run event," Burgess said. "Pigeon Mountain Grill plans on more festivals."

Burgess said the Children's Advocacy Center was very appreciative.

"Once all the sponsor and vendor money comes in, we should be just shy of around $2,000," Burgess said.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at