This Saturday and Sunday the 38th annual Georgia Marble Festival is hitting town, with some exciting additions and old favorites that will make for a family-fun weekend event. See schedule, other information and special offers in our festival guide.
The October 6-7 events kick off with the Marble Festival 5K road race and 1 mile fun run. You can register online at www.jasperumc.org or the day of the event. Registration is $28 for adults and $15 for kids 14 and under. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.
The opening parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Jasper, originating from the historic wooden bridge.
Over 60 arts, crafts and food vendors will be set up at Lee Newton Park, as well as vendors on Main Street.
Entertainment will be going on throughout the day at Lee Newton Park as well as on Main Street, which will showcase the C.C. Morgan Band at 6:30 p.m. and Jacob Bryant at 8 p.m.
The Juried Art Competition & Exhibition is returning again to the festival, which will be held in the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Room. Visitors can view a wide variety of art during the same hours as the Marble Festival, Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A free trolley will pick up/drop off at the festival front gate and make a loop to Main Street making stops at the Old Jail, Ed B’s Studio 54, Wingsology, 61 Main and the Woodbridge Inn.
Free parking and shuttle service will be available to the festival grounds from Ingles and Chattahoochee Technical College, with handicapped parking at the Pickens County Senior Center. Shuttles will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Quarry tours, considered the “crown jewel” of the festival, will be held both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 2 p.m. Eight tours will be held each day. It is recommended that tours be booked ahead of time because they have sold out in the past. Book online at www.georgiamarblefestival.com. Adults are $15, children 6-12 are $13 and children 5 and under are free.
The Nelson Marble Museum will be open during the festival. The museum, located at Nelson City Hall, features examples of fine marble work and displays that showcase the history of marble quarrying and mining in Pickens County.
A kids’ zone will feature rock painting, pumpkin golf, games, hay bale maze, face painting, petting zoo, pony ride for additional charge, touchdown toss, and kiddie tattoos.
Learn more about the festival at www.GeorgiaMarbleFestival.com.