Fall festivals abound in Houston County

October 3, 2012 

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival opens its gates Oct. 20-21 to a weekend of fiddlers, original arts and crafts and delicious food, all nestled among old homestead buildings in the piney woods. More than 40 artisan old-timers return to the decades-old festival resurrecting pioneer ways for everyone to experience. They will be dipping candles, carving decoys and knobbits, building fishing rods, weaving chair seats with cornshucks, making baskets, building dulcimers and brooms, tatting, cutting silhouettes, tinsmithing and much more.

Hands-on activities for the children include storytelling, farm animals, hayrides, horseback riding and a magician-ventriloquist. The amphitheater in Dogwood Hollow at the festival features bluegrass bands, gospel quartets and dance teams. Mossy Creek remains a “Top 100 Event in North America” and “Favorite Festival in Georgia,” earning its reputation as being “the way things used to be.”

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children with free parking. The festival is located off Lake Joy Road between Warner Robins and Perry. Call 922-8265 or visit www.mossycreekfestival.com for further information.

As a special treat and augment this year to Mossy Creek, the Smithsonian institute’s “New Harmonies Exhibit” in Houston County will feature an afternoon dedicated to the festival. On Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., “Remember When ... the Mossy Creek Festival” will be held at Perry Arts Center. The event will be an open mic, reminiscing about the local festival and its musical influences over the years in Houston County. There will be a performance by Uncle Gus and Blueberry Jam. “New Harmonies” is a traveling exhibit celebrating American Roots Music and is sponsored by the Georgia Humanities. The local exhibit began Sept. 8 and will end Oct. 20. Call (478) 988-8000 for a full schedule.

The Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Warner Robins will celebrate its 55th year Oct. 27. This festival has something for everyone from toddlers to adults. The theme this year is “Showcase Middle Georgia” with acts performing on two stages. The groups include local elementary, middle and high school dance teams, cheerleaders, choirs, jump rope teams, drama and performance groups, plus local gymnastics, martial arts, dance, choir, band and cheer studios.

The festival will have 25 rides and more than 15 games children can play all day long with a purchased armband. The rides include Spider Mountain, Bungie Trampolines, Rock Wall, Twisting Teacups, Kraken Pirate Ship and many more. The games include Cake Walk, Plinko, Balloon Darts, Sports Challenges, Jacob’s Ladder, High Striker and Money Machine. Bingo will be played all day long. In addition to the games, entertainment and rides, there will be a silent auction and Granny’s Attic. The auction will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature tickets to Busch Gardens, the Georgia Aquarium and the High Museum in Atlanta, in addition to lodging and restaurant gift certificates. Granny’s Attic will begin Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-noon and will continue on Oct. 27 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There will also be more than 50 vendors selling handmade crafts, jewelry, textiles, woodworking and more Oct. 27.

The Sacred Heart Fall Festival is located on the campus of Sacred Heart Catholic School, 250 S. Davis Drive, Warner Robins. Wristbands are $15 for ages 6 and older, $5 for ages 3-5, and ages 2 and younger are free. Game cards of 12 games per card are $5. For more information call 923-9668 or visit www.shswr.org.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors’ Bureau. Contact her at 922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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