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There’s always excitement when you’re driving along the highway and you stumble upon a festival that you can pull over and have a good time for a few hours. What a nice break from driving and a great way of experiencing local culture, good food, and maybe good music.

This year is the 1st Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival in Franklin, NC in the first week of August

One of the big festivals is the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee. Full of entertainment, competitions, parades, culture, and carnival fun. Currently running from July 15 – July 26

Helen to Atlantic Balloon Race – The South’s oldest hot air balloon race set in Alpine Helen. Watch 30 bright coloured hot air balloons race through the sky! Flying in the first part of June

Blairsville Scottish Festival – Celebrating Scottish culture and heritage in Blairsville, GA! Bagpipes, shopping, golfing, demos, parades, and men in kilts (Am I right ladies? Oh yea!)

There’s Easter events such as the Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro, NC or the Easter Eggstravaganza in Cleveland, GA.

If I missed an event or you would like to add one here, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment and I’ll update this post!


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Living History DaysThe Rabun County Christian Home Educators host their 2nd Annual Living History Days at the Foxfire Museum in Mountain City, GA. Held once a year in April, this event is to show visitors the life and culture of Appalachia people during the 1800s. Very true to form.. everyone is dressed in period costume, cooking in an open fire, holding church service and using period tools. Even the children play with toys from that era.

Living History Days - Foxfire Museum

The experience is absolutely wonderful. There are volunteers at each building, and they describe to you what they’re doing, how people lived in those days, and invite you to take part in activities. This year there was a blacksmith, a wookworker, home-school moms cooking over a fire, and a master storyteller.

Michelle is the one who began this 2 years ago, and with the help of the Rabun County Home Educators and Foxfire, she was able to bring Living History Days alive, and alive is truly what it is. It couldn’t be held in a better or more authentic location. The Foxfire Museum is so far up Black Rock Mountain that you can’t hear the roaring of any cars. You truly feel like you’ve time traveled and these volunteers have really made this a memorable experience. Keep Southern Highroads Trail website bookmarked on the events page to see when this event will take place again.

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