With the cooler fall weather and the colors of autumn all around, it’s time to pile your family into the car and head to some local fall events and festivals. This fall in Waycross, there are plenty of family-friendly events that you won’t want to miss. Here are a few that we recommend.
- Bark in the Park & Pet Costume Contest – Head to Laura S. Walker State Park with your favorite furry friend on Oct. 6 to take part in a pet-friendly hiking event. Before the hike, there will be a pet costume contest near the park office. Following the hike, you can explore the park’s new dog park.
- Fall Festival – A fun, family-friendly fall festival taking place on Oct. 20 is also located at the Laura S. Walker State Park. It will feature tons of fall activities and treats, including hayrides and a haunted house.
- Pumpkin Fest –This annual Pumkin Fest takes place along the historic main street of Waycross, making it a true community event. The festival, which is being held on Oct. 25 this year, offers something for everyone, including pumpkin carving, pumpkin creations, live music, costume contests, and games.
- Okefenokee Agricultural Fair –Head to the Okefenokee Fairgrounds from Nov. 6-10 to take part in the annual Okefenokee Agricultural Fair, which features livestock shows, local music and entertainment, rides, and more.
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It may be winter here in America, but in Georgia, we still get to enjoy mild weather all season long, so although much of the country of bundled up indoors, that doesn’t mean we have to. In fact, here are some great winter events along the Georgia coast that you should consider attending.
- Sharktooth Sandbar Paddle. Head to Fort McAllister State Park the weekend of January 20th to join a family-friendly canoe paddle around the salt marshes.
- Old Time Oyster Roast. The Kingsland Lions Club will be hosting its annual Old-Time Oyster Roast February 3rd from 6-8pm. If you love some good seafood and fun, get your tickets to this great event.
- Mardi Gras Festival. You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Head down to Mary’s on Saturday, February 10th for a family-friendly festival that features a parade, food, bicycle tour, 5K, and more.
- Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife. This festival can potentially include three of your favorite things—food, good drinks, and animals. This event benefits the Jekyll Island Foundation and takes place February 8th-11th on the island.
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September 23rd kicks off the 19th annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds. Celebrate the country legend who spent his youth in Waycross, Georgia. The festival pays tribute to Gram Parsons’ Cosmic American Soul music, which paved a new path for songwriters across America.
What started as a friends-only guitar pull in 1998 at one of the festival founder’s homes has turned into a national event. Expect to see kids and adults of all ages participate in the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull. Primitive camping is free with the price of admission, but if you’d rather stay elsewhere, a wristband allows you to come in and out of the festival as you please.
Arrive Friday afternoon and set up your tent in time to catch acts like Donna Frost, Laurel Lee and the Escapees, and Back City Woods perform. Saturday you can spend time cooking over a fire or checking out local vendors before catching the next round of performers, ending with Devils in Disguise. The winners of this year’s Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Songwriting Contest will perform too. Those aspiring songwriters who missed out on the contest this year had better start preparing their submissions for the 2017 festival now. This Waycross event only plans to get bigger!