Continuing to serve as a seasonal staple, the Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival will offer "fun, free activities" for patrons of all ages Saturday. Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the event will be presented by the city of Euharlee.
"The Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival is an opportunity to build stronger community relations and provide another service to our residents," said Carolyn Banks, Euharlee's city clerk. "It is so meaningful to see and interact with the people who visit and attend our events. It’s lots of fun for everyone.
"My favorite part of the festival is the music. And seeing locals and children perform. And the smell of the food from all of the festival's food vendors — funnel cakes, sausages, barbecue — and this year we will have a grilled cheese vendor. It's a fun way to welcome in the cooler fall weather."
As in past years, the complimentary festival will take place at Frankie Harris Park, with parking available at 112 Covered Bridge Road.
"We have a hayride, hay maze, bounce house, Knockerball, face painting, pumpkin painting, festival foods, and great arts and crafts and direct sales vendors,” said Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum. “Donny Hammonds from the Afterdark Studio has put together a great lineup of musicians to perform all day on our stage. We have the TrueStory Music Duo, Jon Kinsey, TJ Cochran, Isaac Streetman, David Jackson, Reid Stevens and the Etowah River Band performing for us.
"Personally, I always enjoy getting to spend time with our community. I’m also really looking forward to playing with the Hoverball inflatable range. Last year, it was so fun to see the children running through the hay maze, trying to find their way in and around. Our city manager, James Stephens, also said that his favorite memories include seeing the faces on the children while they’re riding around on the hayride, seeing the tractor up close."
While the city of Euharlee has hosted this festival for around 10 years, Gobbi shared similar offerings have entertained the public in the past.
"Euharlee has been hosting festivals in various iterations for decades," Gobbi said. "We have some great photographs from [The Daily Tribune News] in the 1970s showing hayrides and dancing at the covered bridge during the fall festival.
"The city of Euharlee has been hosting this festival consistently for nearly a decade," she said, adding community sponsors also support this event. "We are now doing a one-day festival that focuses on [providing] fun, free activities for children and families while supporting local vendors and musicians. … We always strive to create events that will enhance our community for our residents and visitors. We hope to continue to accomplish this with our fall festival and other community events."
For more information, visit the event's Facebook page, "Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival."