Getting back to nature and re-learning the things of old is perfect for the family looking to all things natural for better health, less expensive living and good, old-fashioned fun. You can find these things right here in the Georgia Mountains.
- 81st Annual North Georgia State Fair: On Sept. 19-29, at the Jim Miller Park in Marietta, you can find good music, a car show, flower show, square dancing, food, games and rides. Visit northgeorgiastatefair.com or call 770-423-1330.
- Hall County Master Gardener Expo: On Sept. 20-21, at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville, check out the work of Master Gardeners. Visit bcmgs.com/expos.org or call 770-535-8293.
- Farm Fest: On Sept. 21, at the Elberton Highway Park in Hartwell, enjoy Heritage re-enactments, hayrides, buy produce and take part in an old-fashioned barn dance. Go to hart-chamber.org or call 706-376-8590.
- Statham Sunflower Festival: On Sept. 21, in downtown Statham, enjoy entertainment, see the horses and the car show, dance and take part in the 5K run/walk. Check it out at cityofstatham.com or call 770-725-5455.
- 23rd Annual Art in the Park Festival: On Sept. 21-22, at the Hurricane Shoals Park in Mayscille, listen to the music, enjoy a barbeque, take part in a 5K, do the Duck Dash, take a tour, listen to Cherokee storytelling and dance a little. Check it out at hurricaneshoalspark.org or call 706-335-6723.
- 6th Annual Agri-fest/County Market and Pottery Comes to Town: On Sept. 28, in downtown Cleveland, see the crafts, let the kids enjoy the activities just for them, decorate a pumpkin and see the animals. Go to whitecountychamber.org or call 706-865-5356.
- BADASS Dash: on Sept. 28 at the Blude Ridge Camp in Mountain City, run, jog, walk or crawl in your personal challenge. Go to badassdash.com or call 706-982-4754.
- Let's Move Day: On Sept. 22, from 2-5 p.m. at Meeks Park, bring the children for fun activities planned to promote a healthier lifestyle. Student athletes from Young Harris College and the Sheriff's Explorers will share their knowledge of physical fitness and sports. Admission is free and there will be games and prizes.
The overall theme is family, outdoor activities that bind families together, allow for exercise and time away from electronics, interacting with animals, old-fashioned dances and agri-education. Children must be taught to experience and enjoy nature. Help them find an appreciation for the plants-in-the-wild that can provide medical help naturally. Plan for a better future by educating children today.