Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ FestivalMark your calendars for September 10, 2011 for the downtown Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival. This will be a great day of music, barbecue, a silent auction, and activities for kids at the Downtown Blue Ridge City Park in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The event will begin at 3 PM and will last into the night ending at 11 PM.

This one day festival will feature the following Blues bands:

The Black Top Blues Band from Florida.

Frankie’s Blues Mission from Atlanta.

The King Bees from Boone, N.C. “The King Bees have delighted audiences for years. Queen Bee’s vocals are expressive and strong: Baskerville’s guitar playing is right on, from cool slide to sizzling licks.” -BLUE SUEDE NEWS.

The Rolling Bones Blues Band from Macon, GA.  They are a high energy group with Sherry Paul as lead singer who looks and sounds like Janis Joplin!

The South’s favorite Jazz and Blues Stylist, Miss Francine Reed.  She will be hot off the Lyle Lovett tour and ready to show us her soulful style and the blues like you have never heard.  Reed is one of Atlanta’s most treasured artists and continues to expand her fan base at venues around the world. She continually blesses audiences with her amazing vocals and vibrant personality; she is truly a musical experience that should not be missed.

Tickets are $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

This event is being brought to you by The Blue Ridge Lodging Association in cooperation with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia. For more information call 404-307-2001.

Casino Night

Casino NightTry your luck at the 4th annual Casino Night at Aska Farms in Blue Ridge, Georgia on September 2, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Enjoy food from Harvest on Main, Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille, and Cucina Rustica. This great evening of food, fun, and luck will benefit Open Arms of Blue Ridge, Georgia. For more information about this event, call 706-633-4773.

Open Arms of Blue Ridge is a non profit organization that helps abused and neglected children with emergency shelter, child advocacy services, family transition services and basic short-term foster care.

Aska Farms
2807 Aska Road
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Tractor Tours at Mercier Orchards

ApplesFor three weekends starting August 6, 2011, Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia is offering free tractor rides through their apple orchard. Come on out and learn about the history of the orchard and see the apple house while enjoying a beautiful day in the North Georgia mountains.

If you choose to come out on August 6 or 7, 2011, you can take part in some pond fishing at the family farm pond. Times are Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM and Sunday, 10 AM to 2 PM. After your tractor ride, you will be dropped off at the pond where Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited will be giving fly fishing demonstrations, some education on all things fishing and will have cane poles available to drop in a line. This will be a day of fun for the whole family. Make sure to sign up at customer service when you arrive. For more information, call 706-632-3411 or 800-361-7731.

Mercier Orchards is located at:
8660 Blue Ridge Drive
Blue Ridge, GA

Rodeo in Blue Ridge

Cowgirl roping a calfThe Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge is hosting the 15th annual Kiwanis Rodeo on August 19 and 20, 2011 at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Gates open at 6 PM and the rodeo will begin at 8 PM.

This will be an evening filled with Western events like bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and much more! Advanced tickets are available for $10 per person. Tickets are $12 at the gate and children 8 and under are free with a paying adult. You can purchase your advance tickets at: BB & T of Blue Ridge, Appalachian Community Bank, United Community Bank in Blue Ridge and McCaysville, Kevin Panter Insurance, and Parris Pharmacy. For more information, call 706-632-6644.

The Kiwanis Fairgrounds are located at Jones Street, off of East 2nd Street.

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