Apple Picking in North Georgia

pick your own apples north georgiaFall is here which means football, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and apple picking! We love to visit an apple orchard in North Georgia and pick apples for the day. It’s a wonderful way to visit North Georgia and see our beautiful state.

Please call ahead as details can change before you plan your trip. Also, most apple orchards have a Facebook page as well as a website so you can get last minute event details.

Here is a list of a few North Georgia apple orchards. I have also written in more detail about Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee.

What is your favorite orchard?

Ellijay, GA

B.J. Reece Apple House & Orchards – This apple house has a wonderful bakery as well as pick your own apples. They have wagon rides, pig races, inflatable pillow, hayrides on weekends. $2 to enter, $5 wagon ride. $6 half peck, $11 peck, $18 half bushel bags. Scavenger hunt, apple cannon (extra), BBQ. Hours 9 am – 6 pm daily until 10/31. 9131 GA 52 E, Ellijay, GA. 706-276-3048.
Hillcrest Orchards – This orchard is chock full of family activities including: apple picking jubilee through Oct. music, pig races, BBQ, much more. $7 admission (mini golf, pick your own) you pick $7 and $11. Petting farm $3, pony ride $5, bungee jump $7. Food. Hours 9 am – 6 pm Sat and Sun through Oct. 28. 9696 Ga. 52 E, Ellijay, GA. 706-273-3838.
Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard – You pick apples and pumpkins ($5-10). Pick your own Wildflowers too! $.25 each. $5 hay ride, get a cup of cold cider, apple cider doughnut and opportunity to pick an apple $5 per person. Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Mondays – Saturdays, 12:30 – 5:30 pm Sundays. You pick apples 10:30 am – 5 pm. Saturdays 1 – 4 pm through October or until all have been picked. 3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay, GA. 706-635-5898.
R&A Orchards – Free admission and wagon ride. Roadside market. Pick your own apples in $8 and $14 bags. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm daily. Orchards open 10 am – 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays in September. 5505 Ga 52 East, Ellijay, GA. 706-273-3821.
Georgia Apple Festival - Oct 11 & 12 and Oct. 18 & Oct. 19, 2014. Location is at the Lions Club Fairgrounds on 1729 South Main the 2nd & 3rd weekends of October. There are around 300 vendors that participate each weekend with music, car shows, entertainment and of course about any kind of specialty products from the vendors. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-636-4500. Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Adults $5, children under 10 are free. Parking is limited, shuttle buses are recommended to take.
Location is at 1 Broad Street on the downtown Ellijay square the 2nd & 3rd weekends of October. Stroll around downtown Ellijay and enjoy the sites. There are typically 50-60 vendors up the street by the Courthouse. There is of course plenty of apples, local food vendors and a wide variety of other unique arts and crafts. The second weekend is the downtown parade which is one of the biggest in the area. In 2013, “Ellie Mae”, Donna Douglas from the Beverely Hillbillies was the Grand Marshall. Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday during the Apple Festival dates.
Blue Ridge, GA
Mercier Orchards - Blue Ridge, GA – Apple U-PICK – Weekends through October – Prices: $10 a peck and $18 a 1/2 bushel. Tractor tours are $2 per person. Try out their new apple cannon! Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This event is weather permitting. If you are making a long trip to see us, call ahead to confirm.  Varieties: The types of apples ready to be picked varies throughout the season. If you are looking for a specific variety of apple, feel free to call us for an estimate on when it will be available. We are currently picking Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome, Cameo, Topaz, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Braeburn, Jonaprince, September Wonder, Ambrosia, and McIntosh apples. These apples are first come first served, so get here early if you’re looking for a specific type! You can also pick a pumpkin for $6! They also have a bakery, deli, market store, and farm winery. Visit us at Mercier Orchards while you are in Blue Ridge, Georgia. We’re one of the top tourism attractions in the whole state, and just one stop will show you why! For directions, please click here. 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA. 30513.

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for September 26 – September 28, 2014

fall season 2014Here is a fall roundup of fun things to do in and around Forsyth County, GA this weekend. Also check out our Pumpkin Patches in and around Forsyth County.

Friday, September 26

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market. This farmers market is one of few in which the produce is truly farm fresh … wherein the farmer is the grower. Other vendors include sausage, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, soaps, and other assorted artisans. Like us on Facebook: Vickery Village Farmers Market by Southern Growers

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

11:15 am – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play is an interactive story time that encourages development of early literacy in preschoolers. The program is designed for children ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver and is approximately 45 minutes long. It includes stories, music, activites, and play time all related to a creative theme.

Saturday, September 27

8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lake Lanier Shore Sweep. Help clean up our beautiful lake! There are ten different participating locations that you can choose to report to volunteer — Bald Ridge, Holiday, Aqualand, Sunrise Cove, Gainesville, and Port Royale Marinas, Lake Lanier Islands, Clarks Bridge, Gwinnett and War Hill Parks. The sites open at 8:00AM and will stay open until 1:00PM. We need volunteers by land as well as by water. Shore Sweep participants turning in a bag of trash get a t-shirt designed by a Lake Lanier-area child and selected in an annual contest. Volunteers should wear gloves and dress for muddy conditions. Lunch will be served upon return from assigned clean up site.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Antique car show at Castleberry Road Baptist Church.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Foam leaves on canvas. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – 4:30 pm – Warbington Farms opens for its fall season – they have a haunted farm trail, hey rides, pedal cars, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, fun park with inflatables, birthday parties, fire pit rentals and much more! See their website and Facebook page for hours, pricing and events.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Story time. Reading and activities for kids.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Dance Academy, Inc. is hosting a community-wide event to help this local family. There will be a bounce house, food vendors, giveaways, dance and martial arts performances and more! Fun for all ages – all the while helping support Sydney Ridings in her fight against Ewing Sarcoma Cancer! We hope to see you all there on Saturday!

Saturday, Sept. 27th 2:00-6:00 pm
CDA III Location
1676 Buford Highway
Cumming, GA 30041

All Weekend

Kinsey Family Farm is open for the fall season. Pick a pumpkin, take a hay ride, have a picnic and much more at this wonderful local family farm.

Near Forsyth County

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee – where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and much more.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open for the fall season! Get lost in the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, shoot the cannon, take a hayride and more!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for September 19 – September 21, 2014

playparkFall fun is here with lots of pumpkin patches and corn mazes opening in the area. Here is a roundup of fun things to do in and around Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

Also check out our Pumpkin Patches in and around Forsyth County roundup.

Friday, September 19

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market. This farmers market is one of few in which the produce is truly farm fresh … wherein the farmer is the grower. Other vendors include sausage, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, soaps, and other assorted artisans. Like us on Facebook: Vickery Village Farmers Market by Southern Growers

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

11:15 am – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play is an interactive story time that encourages development of early literacy in preschoolers. The program is designed for children ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver and is approximately 45 minutes long. It includes stories, music, activites, and play time all related to a creative theme.

Saturday, September 20

9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Free Car Seat Check this Saturday! While you are out shopping, check out Safe Kids Forsyth’s car seat inspection event where nationally certified technicians with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Forsyth County Fire Department can help you properly install your car seat. The event will be held this Saturday, September 20th, from 9:00am – 12:30pm. We will be in the parking lot of Old Navy at 2255 Market Place Blvd.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Chenille stem picture frame. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!Saturday, September 19

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime and Curiosity Day featuring Curious George. Reading and activities for kids.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

Sunday, September 21

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Fowler Park – Play in the Park – Hosted by the Humane Society of Forsyth County. Join them for a great day of festivities and family fun with pet adoptions, raffles, dog shows, kids activities, and much much more. Bring your fur babies!

All Weekend

Kinsey Family Farm opens for the fall season. Pick a pumpkin, take a hay ride, have a picnic and much more at this wonderful local family farm.

Near Forsyth County

11th Annual Art in the Square – Gainesville, GA – September 20 – 21, 10am-5pm – Artists from all across the Southeast are set to participate in the Sept. 20-21 festival, which will feature food vendors, face painting, a drumming and dance ceremony and a kids’ art zone.

Experience more than 100 of the Southeast’s most talented professional and amateur artists. This juried art show features fine art – from oils to watercolors, and mixed media. Marvel at the designs of hand painted jewelry and raku firing. See folk artist Bob McGill from Nashville as he creates one- of –a- kind pieces with oil and a razorblade! Step back to enjoy the buzzing of the chainsaw carvings with Carl Pirone. Be sure to check out the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Youth Artists Market as well as the sidewalk chalk art show.

Don’t miss the alchemy drumming and dance company, facepainting by cherry-o-the-clown and entertainment on the corner of Spring Street. Enjoy a free concert on the square at 7pm on September 19 compliments of the John Jarrard Foundation. The Tyler Hammond Band will be opening for Blackboard.  Art in the Square opens Saturday, September 20 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 21 from 10am-5pm sponsored by Main Street Gainesville. For more information go to www.artinthesquarega.com

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee – where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and much more.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open for the fall season! Get lost in the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, shoot the cannon, take a hayride and more!

Primrose Helps Your Children Build Perspective

Its A Small World (3)The new experiences, friendships and opportunities at the beginning of the school year provide a natural platform for children to learn about how they are the same and different than their classmates.

Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute, work life researcher, former NAEYC president, and parenting book author, defines perspective-taking as an essential life skill that involves putting aside one’s own thoughts and feelings in order to understand how someone else perceives the world.

In her book, Mind in the Making, Galinsky explains that young children who learn this broader view adjust to kindergarten faster, as they are better at anticipating their teachers’ expectations. These children also have more developed conflict resolution skills than their peers who have not yet learned how to take the perspective of others.

“As our society becomes more diverse, it is essential that our children learn to respect the perspectives of those around them,” said Kim Musso, Franchise Owner, Primrose School of Alpharetta East. Skills like understanding other people’s perspectives translate into later life experiences and prepare children for the world outside our classrooms.”

These are life lessons that parents should begin teaching their children at an early age. Providing them with these social skills will help children develop important character traits like appreciation for others and empathy, reinforcing an understanding of their own cultures as well as the different backgrounds of their peers.

Since September 11, 2001, at Primrose Schools across Atlanta, the entire month of September is dedicated to Celebrating Cultures.  Our teachers help children develop these important life skills in a fun and meaningful way by learning about heritages, sports, animals and music from around the world.

Encourage your children to learn more about other cultures and remind them that while we may look different, come from different backgrounds and have different family environments, we really are all the same but, with a uniqueness of our own.

About Primrose School of Alpharetta East

Primrose School of Alpharetta East is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. The Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Our goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

 

Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA 2014

Fall pumpkin season is here! There are a few places to pick a pumpkin in and around Forsyth County, GA.

For years we have been going to Kinsey Family Farm in Forsyth County, GA to pick out our annual pumpkin.

kinsey family farm

The farm features hayrides, barn animals and catfish to feed in the pond among other fun things. There are picnic tables if you would like to bring a picnic lunch. Sample their caramel apples or boiled peanuts. They also have a 25,000 square foot nursery and during the holidays you can pick out a Christmas tree and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The farm is open every day in October and features a wide variety of pumpkins as well as apples, gourds, corn stalks, indian corn, straw bales, and much more!

Check out their fall harvest shop and pick up some apples, salsa, jam, honey, preserves and much more!

September 20, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2014

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hayrides are $3.00 per person (children 2 and under are free.)

Hayrides, fish feeding, pumpkins and fall harvest crops. There is also a brand new animal pavilion so you can feed the farm animals! Hayrides during the week happen at the top of the hour – there are field trips in the morning as well. Check their fall activity list for more information.

We also had our daughter’s birthday party there in the picnic area and it was a wonderful time. We took a hayride, fed the catfish and then picked out small pumpkins and decorated them.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

Located in northern Forsyth County
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
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Other Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening September 27 at noon (they arrive that day), the pumpkin patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays, 11 a.m. to dark Sundays and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Fridays throughout the month of October. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

CFUMC will have story times in the pumpkin patch beginning October on Tuesdays – Thursdays. Schools, clubs and groups are welcome – please call 770-887-2900 x 220 to make reservations.

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on September 27, 2014. pick a pumpkin and fresh produce as well as shop for some crafts, jams, jellies, cider, apple bread, and other flavor breads! Check their Facebook page for updates and events. New events this year – a haunted trail, Sasquatch hunt, trick or treating, screen on the green and more!

Warbington Farms 2014 Pumpkin Season:  September 27-November 1, 2014
Closed to Public Monday-Thursday. To schedule a group trip or field trip, please email warbingtonfarmsinfo@gmail.com.

Friday and Sunday Hours: 1pm-6pm

wfWe will have TWO “Haunted Trail Nights” in October.
Haunted Farm Trail is October 3rd & 17th. The Trail opens at dusk and last ticket sold at 9 pm
*$7 admission for Haunted Trail, fire-pit, and marshmallows! Are you brave enough to walk through the trail?? Beware…only the COWS can hear you SCREAM! 

Saturday Hours: 11am-6pm
Please note that the farm trail, “hey”ride, & inflatables will all close at 5pm on Saturdays. The rest of farm will be open till 6pm.
Closed October 31.

Fall 2014 Prices
No cost for pumpkin patch entrance
*pumpkin price varies
Farm Entrance:  $8 kids (2-12) and $5 adults (12 and older)
*Includes: “hey”rides, petting zoo, playground, inflatables, roller slides, pedal carts, tire yard, and MORE!

*All dates and times are subject to change. Please call or visit our Facebook page for specific dates and times.

Pumpkin Patches Near Forsyth County

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA. Enjoy their 14th annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. There is also a haunted barn opening Oct. 3 – Nov. 1 for older folks. Open weekends from August 30 through November 17th. Pumpkin Patch – Corn Maze – Bonfire Hayrides – Friendly Farm Animals – Jumping Pillows Little Clay’s Corral – The Lost Cow Mine – Goat Walk – Pig Races Miz Rosie’s Milking Parlor – Farm Tours – and more! Cagle’s Family Farm, 355 Stringer Rd., Canton, GA 30115; 770.345.5591.
Hours are as follows:
August 29 – November 14, 2014.
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – check out this family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, located Northeast of Atlanta near Cumming, Gainesville and Alpharetta. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354.(770) 772-6223.

September Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October – Haunt Nights Beginning Oct. 3rd

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
Open on Oct 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th , 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 31st, & Nov. 1st.Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 12th & Saturday, Nov. 1st for more haunting fun!
Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.
Burt’s Farm – Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Country Store. 5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534. The Burt’s Farm hay ride has become just as much of a fall tradition as our pumpkins, so of course we will have our fleet of tractors and wagons ready for everyone this fall. For those of you who want to be sure your annual fall trip includes a hay ride through the pumpkin patch, here are our hay ride hours for Fall 2014:
September
Saturdays and Sundays only, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
October
Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm November (through Nov. 10)
Saturdays and Sundays only 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Please note the business hours for our pumpkin patch and country store are different.If you haven’t taken’t a hay ride at Burt’s Farm, this is a great year to try it! Our hay ride travels two miles around the pumpkin patch and through the woods. The wagons are filled with wheat straw and are pulled by a big farm tractor.  You will see our two most famous pumpkins Autumn and Gordy along the way and also go through a covered bridge filled with singing pumpkins. New for this year we have planted over 8,000 zinnia flowers! At the end of the ride you will get a glimpse of Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. It’s a beautiful sight.The cost of the hayride is $4.00 for children 1 to 12 years old and $5.00 for adults (there is no charge for children less than a year old). We hope you’ll join us for a hay ride this fall!

Pumpkin Patch & Store

September 1 – October 30
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

October 31 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Corn Maze & Haunted House (No Pumpkin Patch)

North Georgia Corn Maze  – Located in Cleveland, GA, a small town known as the “Gateway to the Mountains” located about 4 miles south of Helen, the North Georgia Corn Maze grows on seven acres of beautiful pasture. After you “Get Lost” in the Corn Maze, test your skills on our Hay Bale jump, and your kids will have more fun in our Kids Corner than a termite in a yo-yo! Then kick back and relax on a 20 minute Hay Ride overlooking some of the most beautiful scenic views in Georgia. They also have a haunted house (Reaper’s Hollow) and Movies Under the Stars! Check out the pricing on their website. 559 Tom Bell Road Cleveland, Ga 30528. 1-800-959-1874. You can get $1.00 off admission if you show us you liked and shared us on Facebook when you come to the entrance.  They have a corn maze, haunted house, kiddie corner with corn pit, petting zoo with goats and alpacas, kiddie train, 3 inflatables and a fun corn hole game.

September 13 – November 16, 2014

  Opens Last Ticket Sold
Friday 6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for September 12 – September 14, 2014

dixie dock dogsFall is near and favorite events are happening this weekend in and around Forsyth County, GA. Festivals, consignment sales, corn mazes, dixie dock dogs and lots of fall fun are in store.

Friday, September 12

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Kids Consignment Sale – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Georgia hosts a huge Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market. This farmers market is one of few in which the produce is truly farm fresh … wherein the farmer is the grower. Other vendors include sausage, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, soaps, and other assorted artisans. Like us on Facebook: Vickery Village Farmers Market by Southern Growers

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, September 13

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Kids Consignment Sale – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Georgia hosts a huge Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Red Door Festival – Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit- enjoy a festive fall afternoon to benefit our Forsyth County neighbors! They are the church with the red door on the hill on Pilgrim Mill Road! Lots of fun, food and fellowship.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Team spirit pom poms. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lowe’s Build and Grow – build a set of binoculars! Get set for birdwatching this fall with your own binoculars.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Warbington Farms Back to School Festival to Benefit Forsyth County Schools – mention your school’s name at the gate & Warbington Farms will donate a portion of the proceeds to your school’s PTA/PTO organization. Face Painting, Inflatables, Hey Ride, Fun Park, Corn Trail, Games, Vendors, & more!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime, featuring the title Where the Wild Things Are. Reading and activities for kids.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

2:00 pm – Hampton Park Library – FCPL Cinema – Lisa See’s novel was adapted into a movie of the same name, which was released in 2011.  No registration required to attend. Rated PG-13, Running time:  120 minutes.

Events Near Forsyth County, GA

Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival – Saturday, September 13 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville, GA. Activities commence with races beginning at 7 am and the colorful Opening Ceremonies at noon. The race has grown from a handful of teams and a few spectators to an event which is one of the hallmark diversity events in the metro Atlanta area. The event now boasts a field of more than 50 teams with over 5,000 spectators and a wide variety of Chinese artisans either performing or displaying their wares.

Rucker Falling for Dock Dogs competition this weekend, September 12th, 13th, and 14th! Located at Rucker Pet & Wild Bird, 3245 Peachtree Parkway, Suwanee, GA 30024. Watch them jump, swim and splash!

All Weekend

9/11 – 9/13 – Cumming First United Methodist Church - Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

Thursday, September 11 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm  (No strollers allowed), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 12 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, September 13 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee – where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and much more.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch opens for the fall season this weekend! Get lost in the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, shoot the cannon, take a hayride and more!

Cumming Country Fair and Festival from October 2 – October 12, 2014

One of my favorite parts about living in Cumming, GA is experiencing the wonders of a small town while still being able to visit the big city of Atlanta.

The Cumming Country Fair & Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds is one of those wonders and it runs from October 2 – October 12, 2014.

October is a fun time of year in Forsyth County as it becomes a destination for many people in the metro Atlanta area that seek out country fair and festival fun in North Georgia.

There are lots of special promotions and coupons running for the fair and lots of entertainment schedule for the event.

What are your tips for people new to the Cumming Country Fair? Since it has gotten more crowded over the years, my tip is to go during the weekday afternoon if you can. We have gone during lesser crowds and with younger kids, it has been a less stressful way to go!

Check out their Facebook page too!

Oct. 2-12, 2014

Monday – Thursday 4PM – 10PM
Friday – 4PM – Midnight
Saturday 10 AM – Midnight
Sunday 12:30 PM – 9PM

Admission:
Adults            $7.00
Students (5-18)    $3.00
4 and Under       Free!!!
Parking:          $3.00
Handicap Parking  $3.00

Advanced tickets (available September 1 – 30 only)
Adults $5.00, Students $2.00

Thursday, October 2
Opening Day! Northside Hospital-Forsyth Day!
FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
$20.00 Pay One-Price Rides

Friday, October 3
The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 4
FREE Admission and Rides (10 am – 11 am)
$25 unlimited rides (Must be purchased 11 am – 3 pm) – midnight
KIDS DAY!
Free Admission 12 & under 11 am – 3 pm
2014 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant starting at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Miss Cumming Fair 2014

Sunday, October 5
SENIOR CITIZENS DAY! FREE Admission 55 & up.
FREE Student Admission & Rides with Coupon (18 & under) 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE adult admission benefiting Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.

Monday, October 6
STUDENT NIGHT! FREE Admission 18 & under.
$15 Unlimited Rides

Tuesday, October 7
Unlimited rides $20 per person
Colt Ford in concert at 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 8
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth Day!
FREE Admission compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
$20.00 Pay One-Price Rides
Marvel Super Heroes Team  Shows at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 9
The Charlie Daniels Band in Concert @ 8:00 pm

Friday, October 10
FOOTBALL FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!
FREE Admission After 9:00 pm with a High School Football Ticket Stub

Saturday, October 11
FREE Admission and Rides 10 am – 11 am
$25 unlimited rides (must purchase between 11 am – 3 pm, good through midnight)
Chainsaw carving auction 7:00 pm
American Bullriders Tour 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 12 – LAST DAY
12:30 – 2 pm Students 18 & under admitted FREE & RIDE FREE w/ school coupon
STUDENT COUPON
American Bullriders Tour 6:00 pm
Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE adult admission benefiting Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.

Uncle Shuck’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Opens September 13, 2014

CornMaze2014Fall is coming and pumpkin patches and corn mazes are abound! Uncle Shuck’s pumpkin patch and corn maze in Dawsonville, GA opens for the season on September 13, 2014. This year’s corn maze is a tribute of the 150th anniversary of the civil war in Georgia.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze is a 12 acre field of corn that has approximately 4 miles of trails, twisting and turning, and sometimes, coming to a dead end! Each year they have a new and challenging maze for you. They’ll also have checkpoints in each maze, work individually or as a team to find all the checkpoints.

Uncle Shuck’s maze is designed to be challenging, but still allows visitors to exit at any time that they wish. An average journey will take as little as 30 minutes to complete one maze, or as long as 2 hours to complete both mazes.

The Corn Maze is $10, or you may want to purchase the Cob Combo for a Hayride & the Corn Maze for only $13! (save $2)Try the Corn Cannon while you’re there! Only $1 to shoot 3 ears of corn.

The Haunted Maze starts evenings in October. Open every Friday and Saturday night in October! Also opening on Sunday Oct. 12, and Saturday Nov. 1st! Entry to the Dark Rows haunted trail begins at dark, with the last tickets sold at 10:00PM.

Please Note:

  • Ages 12 and under must be accompanied in maze with a parent.
  • Flashlights will not be allowed in the haunted maze during the haunt.
  • Closing time is at the discretion of the Manager!

Bonfires and the Maze Hayride will be available during Haunt Night.

Visit Uncle Shuck’s for all of these fall family fun things to do:

Uncle Shuck’s accommodates groups, tours, school field trips, birthday parties and more. Visit their coupon page for promotions. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354. 1-888-OSHUCKS. Check out their hours and rates.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for September 5 – September 7, 2014

Wizard-of-Oz-BirdhouseFall is around the corner and favorite events are happening the next few weekends in Forsyth County, GA. Festivals, consignment sales, and lots of fall fun are in store.

Friday, September 5

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market. This farmers market is one of few in which the produce is truly farm fresh … wherein the farmer is the grower. Other vendors include sausage, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, soaps, and other assorted artisans. Like us on Facebook: Vickery Village Farmers Market by Southern Growers

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time

Saturday, September 6

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Build a Wizard of Oz bird house! Free hands-on workshop for kids ages 5 – 12.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Bethlehem Baptist Church Car Show, 5528 Post Road , Cumming, GA 30040, For information call 770-844-0596.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: School spirit shaker! Show your school spirit. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Grandparents Day Storytime, featuring the titles How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa. Reading and activities for grandparents and kids.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

Sunday, September 7

2:30 PM – Post Road Library  - Maze Runner Movie Opening Party  – Don’t be a greenie! Celebrate the opening of the movie adaptation this month at the library! We’ll have themed snacks, character quizzes, trivia, maze games, and more. For middle and high school students. Registration requested.

3:00 PM – Cumming Library – Grandparents Day Storytime - Celebrate Grandparents Day by bringing your grandparent to this special story time for books, treats and craft time together.

ALL WEEKEND

9/6 – 9/11 Rhea Lana’s of Cumming Children’s Consignment Event at Lakewood 400 Antique Market, 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Rhea Lana’s is a semi-annual (one in spring and one in fall) children’s consignment event. We provides families the opportunity shop for and/or sell their gently used, excellent quality children’s clothing, baby equipment, furniture, shoes, toys, maternity clothes and much much more.

Open to the public! Bring a friend! Saturday, September 6th 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 7th 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Monday, September 8th 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday, September 9th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee in Ellijay, GA – Saturday and Sunday.

Hillcrest Orchards Fall 2014 Apple Picking Season

Hillcrest Orchards debuts their Apple Pickin’ Jubilee on September 6, 2014 and it runs every weekend through October. This is the only time that you can pick your own apples at this orchard.

Pick your fun at the annual “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee” where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and watch live bands and cloggers on the Hillcrest Stage.

Visit the playground, fly on a zip line and ride their giant slide down the mountain. NEW kids playground, hillbilly mini golf, an apple adventure museum and cow train ride around the orchard for extra fun. Jump for Joy on the Giant Jumping Pillow!

Visit the bakery and ice cream parlor for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, homemade ice cream and fudge. Wash it all down with some fresh cold apple cider. They will have the grill fired up outside in the festival area for hamburgers, hotdogs and barbecue along with Billy Bob’s famous boiled peanuts, turkey legs and roasted corn.

Hillcrest Orchards is open daily: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sept. – Oct.) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Nov.) Admission is $7.00 per person, $3.00 for petting zoo. Click here for directions and more information. Apple varieties: Golden & Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pinata, Ambrosia, Gala & Honey Crisp and more. Pig races are at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm each day of the festival only.

Hillcrest Orchards  9696 Hwy 52 East  Ellijay, Ga.  30536  706-273-3838 www.hillcrestorchards.net

APPLE ORCHARDS / CORN MAZES / FARMS IN NORTH GEORGIA

It is the start of apple season and the orchards are opening!  Here is a directory of apple orchards and festivals in North Georgia. There are also corn mazes opening from Buford to Uncle Shuck’s to the North Georgia corn maze! Cagle’s Family Farm, Warbington Farms and Kinsey Family Farm are also a fun-filled place to visit.

If you can’t make it out to the apple orchards but want to enjoy fresh North Georgia apples, check out City Produce in Cumming, GA on the corner across from Dairy Queen. They are already bringing in apples from Ellijay!


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