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This weekend’s fall festivals in the Chattanooga area feature arts, crafts and baked goods

It rained last weekend, but artisans and bakers at Cloud Springs Baptist Church in North Georgia expect their produce to be ready to go on Saturday.

Further afield in Chatsworth, Georgia, the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce is moving to a new location for the Black Bear Festival.

In Dayton, Tennessee, members of the Dayton Arts League are putting the finishing touches on works included in the Harvest of Art sale, also in a new location this year.

Theirs are among a half-dozen fall festivals happening or recurring this weekend in the tri-state area. Another, the Bird & Barn sale to benefit Project Free 2 Fly in Cleveland, Tennessee, opens with an evening preview Wednesday.

Dianne Knappen, owner of the ArtCrafters Gallery, said she expects a variety of paintings from the Dayton Arts League. The artists have already presented their fall art exhibit at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, but hours are limited there due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Knappen said the artists worked in a variety of media. In addition to the main selection of framed hanging paintings, there will be a $ 10 table with original 5×7 unframed artwork for sale. A two-hour meeting with the artists is scheduled for next Saturday, October 24. “But they won’t have the large distribution of food like they usually do,” Knappen said.

Likewise, the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce is making several coronavirus accommodations for the Black Bear Festival, which this year moved to the former Murray County Recreation Department. Only food vendors with prepackaged items will be allowed, and there will be no inflatables or face painting in the Kids Korner, officials said.

In Chattanooga, voting continues in a scarecrow contest at Crabtree Farms, and pumpkin carving opportunities will be available Friday and Saturday afternoon for registered participants. Melissa Astin, the farm’s director of community outreach and engagement, said these events should be of particular benefit to families with young children.

“That way they can make a mess on the farm versus at home,” she said.

Ticket sales continue for next week’s Bird & Barn sale. The main event is Thursday with a $ 10 entry. Tickets are $ 40 for a VIP preview night on Wednesday. These tickets can be used for return tours on Thursdays.

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In one look

OCT. 17

– Craft / Bake Sale: Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA (Postponed October 10) Benefit for the Church’s Golden Agers, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. 706-866-0164

OCT. 17-18

– Black Bear Festival: Old Murray County Rec Department (new location), 745 W. Chestnut St., Chatsworth, Georgia. Animation on both days, car show on Saturday, children’s show on Sunday; Bring your own decorated pumpkin for the contest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $ 3 from 7 years old.

OCT. 17-31

– Harvest of Art: ArtCrafters Gallery (new location), 1356 Market St., Dayton, Tennessee. Exhibition and sale of the latest works by members of the Dayton Arts League; gallery open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. Meet the artists from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 24. Free. 423-775-1401, 423-775-5122

OCT. 21-22

– Sale of birds and barns: Black Fox Farms, 2724 Varnell Road, Cleveland, Tenn. Vendors selling handicrafts, Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. $ 10 general admission, $ 25 premium ticket includes a limited edition giveaway and over $ 100 in seller coupons. Opening with a VIP preview evening, Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $ 40 admission (voucher for a return visit Thursday). Project Free 2 Fly advantages.


– Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair: Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, traffic light # 8 on Gatlinburg Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn. Handicraft products, craftsman demonstrations, music, every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $ 10 adults.


– Fun on the farm: Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest, farm store products. Scarecrows can be viewed daily. Pumpkin picking 11 am-3pm Wednesday, 12 pm-6pm Friday, 10 am-4pm Saturday. Pumpkin carving from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. October 16-17 (new dates) with registration and $ 15 fee ($ 10 for additional pumpkin).

– Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights: Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Includes artistic carvings, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal food, entertainment. $ 79 for 10-61 year olds, reductions for the youngest and the oldest.

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