The Hummingbird Festival Begins

The Hogansville Charitable Trust and Piedmont Newnan Hospital will present Hogansville’s 21st annual Hummingbird Festival October 20 and 21. As in past years, there are a number of community events leading up to Festival weekend. For detailed information and locations, visit the Events tab on www. hummingbirdfestival. com.

The Tower Trail 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, October 6 was sponsored by All Pro Auto Group. Prizes were awarded to race winners in age categories. The Hummingbird Festival ‘HOWL’-OWeen Dog Parade will be held on October 14. The parade through the downtown area begins and ends at Calvin Hipp Veterans Memorial Park. The parade is free, but registration is required and dogs must be vaccinated and leashed. Pre-registration online is encouraged; onsite registration will begin at 10:00 AM. The Parade begins at 11:00. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume; Best Kisser; Best Behaved; and Most Resembling Owner.

The Hummingbird Festival Dinner & Silent Auction will take place at the Victoria Belle Mansion’s Vintage White Barn at 602 E. Main Street on Thursday evening, October 18. Auction items include framed art, pottery, unique one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, salon and spa gift baskets and gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates, wine basket, and more. Live 60’s Rock ‘n Roll music by the Vintage Vixens band. Optional 60’s dress (tie-dye, bellbottoms, platform shoes) encouraged but not required. Cuisine by Chef Tulla White. Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person by advance reservation. Call 706-333-2520 for tickets and information.

The Festival kicks into high gear on Saturday, October 20. Enjoy a pancake breakfast downstairs at the First Methodist Church on Main Street from 8:00 to 11:00 AM, and then checkout the Student Art Exhibit upstairs (Awards Ceremony at noon). Outside, over 200 vendors will have booths set up throughout the downtown area, offering a wide variety of arts and crafts. A large food court will offer Southern favorites as well as international treats, sweets, and baked goods. A grassy area will feature children’s rides and activities, and an entertainment stage will showcase a variety of local talent. The Festival continues on Sunday October 21 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Main Street shops will be open both days, as will downtown restaurants. Most will offer Festival specials.

Proceeds from the silent auction and other events will benefit the Hogansville Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization created for the purpose of renovating and preserving historic and municipal properties in and around the city. Funds generated by the Trust over the years have been donated to the City of Hogansville and have been matched by federal and state grants, resulting in over $3 million in city improvements. So make plans to come out and enjoy the fun and festivities to help support your community.