City of Ellijay Georgia – Gilmer County GA

Chamber Chili Challenge 2010

Chamber Chili ChallengeIf you think you make the best chili or salsa…put it to the test at the Gilmer County Chamber Chili Challenge 2010. The contest is heating up on Main Street in Ellijay on November 13, 2010 from 12 PM to 5 PM. Booth/Tent set up begins at 9 AM.  Food prep time is from 11 AM to 12 Noon. Judging begins at 4 PM and awards will be given at 5:30. You don’t have to compete to come out and have a taste of some good chili.

The awards that will be given are as follows:

  • Best booth design/Team spirit
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and People’s Choice for Chili with beans and without beans
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Salsa

The Team Registration Fee is $50 per category.

Contact the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce at 706-635-7400 to get more details and information and to register to compete.

An Afternoon in the Country

Anderson Creek Retreat and Cantaberry Restaurant would like you to come spend an afternoon in the country on November 6, 2010 for their fall festival. Set in the mountains of North Georgia, Anderson Creek Retreat is a beautiful setting to spend an afternoon and evening enjoying the activities and a special meal provided by Cantaberry Restaurant. There will be hikes, children’s games and activities from 3 PM to 5 PM. The band The New Familiars from Charlotte, North Carolina will provide the evening’s musical entertainment from 5 PM to 8 PM.

There is no admission for this event but a $25 tax deductible donation will go to benefit Gilmer Arts and Heritage and the Mountain Conservation Trust. This donation entitles you to a membership in either one of the organizations. For more information and details about this event, contact 706-635-5124.

Halloween in the Park

HalloweenGet decked out in your favorite Halloween costume and come on down to Harrison Park on October 30, 2010 for an evening of Halloween fun! The festivities begin at 4 PM and end at 10 PM. There will be games, pumpkin carving, trick or treating and more. Prepare to be judged in the costume contest and make sure to bring your picnic basket and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy a spooky movie called Monster House. It is sure to be a fun time for the whole family! For more information and details, contact the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce 706-635-7400.

Harrison Park is located on McCutchen St. past the elementary and primary schools in Ellijay.

Wildlife Sanctuary – Pepsi Refresh Project

Sharon Bearden needs your help to build an animal clinic including nursery at the Wildlife Sanctuary.

In 2010, the Pepsi Refresh Project will give away more than $20 million to refresh the world, one idea at a time. Each month, Pepsi will award up to $1.3 million in grants to the ideas with the most votes. This was just one of the 1,000 new ideas accepted for voting throughout the month of October.

Voters have the ability to award a $250,000 grant to the Wildlife Sanctuary. Voting will take place on-line at
Or Vote from your mobile phone Text* 103289 to Pepsi (73774). Standard text messaging rates apply.

The Pepsi Refresh Project can be found at, on Facebook at or on Twitter @Pepsi or #pepsirefresh

The Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Ellijay, Georgia, is a rescue, rehabilitation and release facility for the wild indigenous animals of Georgia, from the smallest mammals and reptiles to the largest carnivores
and birds of prey. The 30-acre facility medically cares for all species of injured or orphaned wildlife indigenous to Georgia and the Southeast.

Georgia Apple Festival

ApplesIt’s getting close to autumn and that means apple harvest. As the apple houses are gearing up for the season, Gilmer County is gearing up for this year’s Apple Festival. The 39th annual Georgia Apple Festival will be going on the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October – October 9-10 and October 16-17, 2010. Over 300 vendors will be there this year with many crafts and demonstrations as well as good eats! There will also be a parade and antique car show. The car show will be held on Saturday, October 9 at the Civic Center located on Old Highway 5 next to the Lions Club Fairgrounds where the Apple Festival is held. The parade will begin at 10 AM on the following Saturday, October 16.

The festival opens at 9 AM and closes at 6 PM on Saturdays and 5 PM on Sundays. Admission for the festival is $5 for adults, children under 10 are free. Parking at the fairgrounds is limited but there will be free shuttle buses available to take you from the parking areas to the fairgrounds. The shuttle parking areas will be at Gilmer High and Middle Schools, Ellijay Primary and Elementary Schools, and Mountainview Elementary School.

Santa Cruz Bikes Demo Day

If you are a biking enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the Santa Cruz Bikes Demo Day on September 5, 2010 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Woodring Branch trail at Carters Lake. There will be plenty of bikes on hand to try including the Blurs, Superlites, Julianas, and the best 29ER dual suspension on dirt, The TallBoy. Come on out to the event and help support the Ellijay Mountain Bike Club. There will be food and drink available.

Woodring Branch trail is a 3.5 mile singletrack for all riders – beginners, intermediate, and advanced. From Ellijay, Woodring Branch is located approximately 13 miles west  on Highway 282.

The event is being hosted by The Cartecay Bike Shop in Ellijay. Contact Cartecay Bikes at 706-635-BIKE for more details and information.

Gilmer County Fair

Ferris WheelIt’s that time of year again where the summer is almost over but the fun is not! Gilmer County Fair will be here August 10 – 14, 2010 at the Ellijay Lions Club located at 1729 South Main Street in Ellijay, GA. Join in the fun and festivities of carnival rides, games, craft and livestock exhibits, entertainment and tasty food. The fair will be open from 6 PM to 11 PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 6 PM to 12 Midnight on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students.

Note: Originally it was announced by the Gilmer Chamber that children under 10 are free and you can save on the price of admission with any donation of a hearing aid, cell phone, or eyeglasses. A recent comment suggests that it is children under 6 for free and $1 off with the donation mentioned.