Chattanooga area’s weekend fall festivals focus on gardening, pumpkins, pickles

If you enjoy the bright palette of leaves and blooms that arrive in autumn, the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County can show you how to incorporate the change of seasons into your home landscape during the Fall Garden Festival on Saturday.

“Our mission is, ‘We Teach You How,’ and we look forward to meeting and educating the many interested gardeners in our area,” Lisa Clark, the festival’s chairwoman, said in a news release.

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Clark said members of the volunteer organization will share their knowledge and expertise through a wide range of gardening and nature-related exhibits and demonstrations.

“In addition, there will be a selection of vendors with plants, trees and shrubs, plus handmade foods, nature-inspired crafts and other items, as well as fun and educational activities for children,” she said.

Also scheduled Saturday is the Pick’n & Get’n Market at the Tennessee Riverpark. The vendor gathering in the early part of the day will be followed by a concert by the Ringgold, Georgia-based country band Seth David Coley and the Rabbit Valley Boys.

Other events around the region this weekend highlight pumpkins, apples and fried pickles. Meanwhile, the Campus Choir of Lee University is traveling to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for opening weekend of the Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood. The ensemble is among six acts performing Saturday.

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— DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair: VFW Hall, 151 18th St. NW, Fort Payne, Ala. Includes agricultural exhibits, livestock shows, carnival midway and music, Monday through Oct. 1. Entertainment headlined by The Sharps and Brian Free & Assurance on final night; Wallenda family’s Circus Incredible in two shows nightly. Gates open at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday (all times Central). $4 ages 6 and older; extra charge for carnival; $3 parking.

— Fall Festival: Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Three corn mazes, pumpkin patch, zip lines, pig races; new this year, obstacle course and rope mountain, Saturday through Oct. 30. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-7 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays (schedule varies). $17 online, $20 at gate all visitors ages 3 and up; individual and family season passes available.

— Fall Garden Festival: Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle. Master Gardeners of Hamilton County exhibits and demos, children’s activities, plant vendors, yard art, food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. $5 (free for children under 12); free parking.

— Finster Fest: Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, Ga. Sixty-plus folk, craft and fine artists, guest speakers, music on three stages, food, children’s activities, property tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5 admission; free handicap parking on site; others park at Walmart, 13427 Highway 27, and ride free shuttle.

— Fried Pickle Festival: Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tenn. Arts, crafts, food and business vendors, music, pickle ice cream eating and pickle juice drinking contests, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, dog costume contest, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Free admission.

— Fun on the Farm: Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hay rides to pumpkin patch, animal petting barn, bounce pad, games, Saturday through Oct. 30. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays. $15 ages 2 and up.

— Harvest Celebration on the Mountain: Flat Top Mountain Farm, 638 Cemetery Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, fall flowers, through Oct. 30. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $10 ages 4 and up. flattopfarmTN

— Pick’n & Get’n Market: Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Arts, crafts and merchandise vendors, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free admission and parking. Followed by concert by Seth David Coley and the Rabbit Valley Boys, 4-8 p.m. $5. [email protected]

— Show & Sell: Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga. Arts and crafts booths, food trucks, tractor show, inflatables, pony rides, live music, quilt raffle, quilt display in the sanctuary, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission and parking. 706-810-8199

Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.