Walker County fair

For its sophomore year, the Walker County Country Fair is expected to offer more — more music, more vendors, more exhibitors — during its three-day run in mid-September.

County commissioner Bebe Heiskell has said having a fair offers opportunities to showcase local talent, spotlight community organizations, highlight the region’s agricultural heritage and create lasting memories.

New to this year’s fair are daily concerts by nationally known artists.

Daryle Singletary, a native Georgian now based in Nashville and considered a neo-traditionalist country singer/songwriter, will perform Friday evening, Sept. 18.

Randall Bramblett; someone “Rolling Stone” described as “One of the South’s most lyrical and literate songwriters,” and noted for a 16-year stint with Steve Winwood/Traffic — as well as performances/touring with Levon Helm (The Band), Warren Haynes, The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and Widespread Panic — takes the stage on Saturday, Sept. 19.

And Bluegrass pioneers The Dismembered Tennesseans are scheduled to perform on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20, according to Joan Fowler, of the commissioner’s office.

In addition to musical entertainment, more traditional fair fare again will be featured.

A carnival midway, complete with rides and games of chance, is returning as are juried livestock and horticultural competitions.

County extension agent Norman Edwards said 4-H and FFA members will vie for ribbons when they show chickens, heifers, steers, goats and lambs.

There will also be a singing contest for youngsters on Saturday and he said plans are underway to make a petting zoo available throughout the fair’s three day run.

Details are being worked out regarding canning, quilting, baking and similar crafts, but the area’s master gardeners already expect a large number of entrants who have green thumbs.

“Almost anything that grows in this area — tomatoes, corn, onions, watermelons, fruits, herbs — will be in the show as well as peonies, roses and other flowers,” Edwards said. “We encourage gardeners to start thinking now about entering their very best in this year’s fair.”

Walker County Country Fair

Where: Mountain Cove Farms, 994 Dougherty Gap Road, south of Chickamauga.

When: Friday, Sept. 18, from 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 20, church service from 11 a.m. until noon with the fair open from 1-8 p.m.

Admission: $5 per person, free for children 5 and younger. Fair rides are separate.

Parking: Free, a trolley will shuttle fair-goers to and from parking lots

Anyone interested in being a vendor or competing in any events should write mountaincovfarms@gmail.com or call Joan Fowler at 706-638-1437.

About Mountain Cove

Mountain Cove was named for Robert and John McLemore, sons of a white trader and a Cherokee mother. During the Civil War, it was at Mountain Cove that the Battle at Davis Crossroads, a preamble to the Battle of Chickamauga, took place. The cove is considered one of the Southeast’s most “biologically significant” areas.

In 2008 the Georgia Land Conservation program, Walker County government, The Open Space Institute, The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the state of Georgia combined resourses to puchase1,839 acres of Mountain Cove Farm for $10.5 million. The farm serves as a bridge between two state-owned tracts, the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area and the Zahnd Natural Area of Lookout Mountain, and creates a nearly 20,000-acre conservation area.

Mike O'Neal is assistant editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.

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