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Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival

Blues, Brews & BBQ!

The 8th Annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival is an event not to be missed. Festival organizers have worked diligently to make this event even bigger and better than in past years. Craft beer vendors will be on hand and Pit Masters from around the Southeast will be cooking up and serving BBQ so good it will make your tongue jump out and lick the eyebrows right off your head! The musical lineup is equally as impressive. Victor Wainwright, an award-winning musician and producer in the blues music scene, is the headliner of the event along with the soulful sounds of the Tullie Brae Band, Crossroads Band, Cradle, and the Red White and Blues Band.

This family friendly event has a special children’s section for the littles to enjoy and kids 12 and under enter for Free! Adult admission is $12, but you do have a chance to enter the festival for Free by participating in the Blues Crawl on Friday, September 14th. Pick up an Official Blues & BBQ Festival Rack Card from the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and get your card punched at each of the eight participating restaurants. Not only will you have a great time “crawling” around Blue Ridge, but your fully punched card will get you into Saturday’s event for no charge. Win, win!

So, grab the family and load up the car for a weekend of fun and festivities in the North Georgia Mountains! While you are here, Nathan Fitts & Team would love to show you around. If you’ve been considering relocating, now is a perfect time to look in the mountains. From traditional homes to cabin retreats, we have the experience and area knowledge to find a location just perfect for you!

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Rodeo Time!

Saddle up for family fun!

It’s Rodeo Time in Blue Ridge, Georgia! The 22nd annual Kiwanis Rodeo kicks off on Friday, August 17th & continues on Saturday, August 18th. If you’ve never been to a rodeo, you just don’t know how much fun you are missing. Besides the traditional events like Bareback Riding, Bronco Riding, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding, there are tons of activities for the kiddos to enjoy. The whole family will delight in the antics of rodeo clown Rob Gann, as well as participating in calf scrambles and wild wheelbarrow races!

Located at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds, free parking shuttles are available to the event from the Fannin County Middle School courtesy of ETC. The gates open at 6pm and the rodeo starts at 8pm. Sponsored by Mountain Valley Motors, the Boot Toss will give a chance for 5 lucky attendees to win $100 cash or a 2018 4×4 Dodge RAM! Rodeo admission tickets bought in advance are $12 and tickets bought at the gate are $15. Children 8 & under get in FREE with a paying adult.

In the words of Garth Brooks’: “It’s bulls and blood. It’s dust and mud. It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd. It’s the white in his knuckles. The gold in the buckle. He’ll win the next go ’round. It’s boots and chaps. It’s cowboy hats. It’s spurs and latigo. It’s the ropes and the reins and the joy and the pain. And they call the thing rodeo.” Now that this song is stuck in your head, go ahead and get your tickets for the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Rodeo!

There are so many great experiences and events that occur regularly in and around the Blue Ridge area. Isn’t it time to make North Georgia your home? Nathan Fitts & Team are ready to show you some fabulous mountain properties. Contact us to begin your search today!

Photos courtesy of Blue Ridge Rodeo

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Denim & Diamonds

A charitable and blingy event!

There is nothing better than getting all gussied up for a night of dinner, music, and dancing, but when it’s for a good cause, it’s even better! Georgia Mountains Hospice and WoodmenLife’s Richard York cordially invite you to the Denim and Diamonds event on Saturday, August 18th from 6:30pm to 11pm at Willow Creek Falls Vineyard. So, throw on your favorite pair of blue jeans, your best boots, and your most stunning bling and come out for a fun and charitable evening!

Willow Creek Falls Vineyard is beautifully situated along Cherry Log Creek in Blue Ridge. Their on-site chef, Robert Rudolph, will prepare a delicious dinner for you to enjoy and beer and wine selections are included with your ticket. Entertainment will be provided by Shannon York, a local musician. You will be delighted with her acoustic performance and she’ll even do some DJing to get the dance floor hopping! Don’t miss the Silent Auction table for some fantastic items like a Mercier’s Gift Basket, golf rounds at Old Toccoa Farm, and gift certificates from Downtown Blue Ridge restaurants and shops.

Proceeds of the event benefit Georgia Mountains Hospice & WoodmenLife’s Richard York. The Georgia Mountains Hospice provides nursing care, personal care, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, dietician services, assistance with medical equipment, supplies, and medications. Additionally, they provide emotional and spiritual support, bereavement services, and grief support for Fannin County families. As a life insurance agent with WoodmenLife, Richard York, also assists with retirement planning and financial services. However, his passion is giving back to his community. Through his work at WoodmenLife, Mr. York has been able to donate to the local community by supporting the food pantry, children in need at Fannin County Schools, Georgia Mountains Hospice, and many other well-deserving organizations.

Tickets are available now! Early bird pricing is open through August 13th with both individual and full table pricing. So, bring your office or gather up some friends and support the Denim and Diamonds event. All of us at Nathan Fitts & Team look forward to seeing you there!

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Hard Cider & Beer Festival @ Mercier’s in Blue Ridge

Quench your thirst adult style in the mountains!

There are many ways you can quench your thirst on a hot summer afternoon. Nathan Fitts & Team’s newest favorite way to cool off is with a nice refreshing glass of hard cider. Hard cider is an adult beverage created by the fermented juice of apples and other natural fruits. Extremely popular across the pond in England, cideries are rapidly growing in popularity across the United States. Georgia is proud to be home to four cideries, but our favorite by far is Mercier Orchard located right here in Blue Ridge.

Mercier Orchard is a family-owned apple orchard operating since the 1940’s. Through the last 70 years the orchard has grown to include multiple fruit orchards featuring u-pick opportunities, along with a bakery, deli, and market store. We are most excited about their newest additions of a farm winery and cidery! Mercier’s offers three different wines: apple, blackberry, and peach. They are also proud to serve eight hard ciders: five different flavors with an apple base, one with pears and blackberries, one with peach, and the last a blend of apples and strawberries. Yum! This summer Mercier’s is hosting their first ever Hard Cider & Beer Festival on August 25th from 12pm-6pm on their 32 acre farm! There will be tastings, live music, games, and food. Early bird tickets are available for $30 through August 3rd then prices become $44.28. Ticket prices include a 12 oz. souvenir event cup, a wristband and two drink tokens. The wristband allows you to sample 5 breweries: Burnt Hickory Brewery, Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing, and Three Taverns Craft Beers. You will also get to sample six hard cider vendors: Ace Premium Craft Ciders, Mercier’s Hard Cider, Urbantree Cidery, Treehorn Cider, Jack’s Hard Cider, and Noble Hard Cider. Your drink tokens allow you to get a cup of your favorites and more tokens will be available to purchase. Three food trucks will be on site for your dining pleasure while you throw some bags in a cornhole game, try your hand at a gigantic beer pong table, or see how long you can ride the electric bull!

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The Ultimate Guide to Independence Day in North Georgia

Celebrate the 4th in the North…Georgia that is!

Nathan Fitts & Team are proud to be Americans and live in the land of the Free in the Home of the Brave. We have pulled together an Ultimate Guide to your Independence Day celebrations in North Georgia. As you celebrate with picnics, parades, sparklers, friends, family, and fireworks, take a moment to give thanks to all the men and women that have fought to defend our freedom that we get to enjoy each and every day. God Bless America!

Blairsville June 30th Boat Parade on Lake Nottely

The great folks at Lake Nottely Marina invite both spectators and boaters to join in the fun for the annual Boat Parade from 12pm-1: 30 PM. You can decorate in any theme and creativity is encouraged. Make sure to arrive early so you can secure your spot along the shoreline and at the Marina.

July 4th at Meeks Park

At dusk on Wednesday, July 4th the skies in Blairsville will explode with color as the annual firework display begins in beautiful Meeks Park. Come early for a picnic in the park and enjoy hiking trails, two playgrounds, a creek to splash in, and a kinetic art sculpture throughout the park. Across the street, the First United Methodist Church will have music, BBQ, and children’s activities.

July 4th at Woody Gap, Suches

Surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, the small unincorporated town of Suches, just south of Blairsville, pulls out all the stops for your 4th of July celebrations. Sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Department in the Suches, the community invites everyone to gather at Woody Gap School as early as 5:30 pm. Prior to the fireworks display at dark, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more for sale at the concession stand. The Gaddistown Homemakers will even be on hand for a fun rubber duck race!

July 4th at Vogel State Park

Independence Day at Vogel State Park provides summertime fun for the entire family. Georgia’s most beloved State Park begins the day with a special flag raising celebration at 8:30 am and family activities all day long. Enjoy a picnic overlooking Lake Trahlyta and work off your lunch with a walk down to Trahlyta Falls. Drop a line in Wolf Creek or pitch a tent and enjoy an evening under the stars. There will be a special concert by Wyatt Espalin at the Lake Pavilion from 8-9pm.

Blue Ridge June 29th & 30th Independence Day – Lake Blue Ridge Style

Who doesn’t love a good fireworks show? Who doesn’t love a day on the lake? Get the best of both worlds on the last weekend in June on Lake Blue Ridge. Get a jump start on your Independence Day celebrations on Friday, June 29th at 8:30 pm with the annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade. Decorate your boat and join in on the boat parade or secure a spot-on land to watch the festivities. On the evening of Saturday, June 30th a firework spectacular over Lake Blue Ridge will dazzle you from land or boat.

Popular viewing locations include the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Tammen Park, and Morganton Point Campground.

July 4th Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K

Celebrate your American freedom with a big breath of mountain air and the feeling of accomplishment after you complete the 5k or 10k foot race. Downtown Blue Ridge welcomes racers decked out in red, white, and blue to enjoy the scenic race route and celebrate at the post-race party with a big glass of sweet tea or lemonade, music, watermelon, and more!

Ellijay July 4th Fireworks and Parade in Downtown Ellijay

This Independence Day enjoy a glorious day in Ellijay! The River Street Parking lot opens at 10 am with food, vendors, and live music. Dine on the Square and peruse the cute shops while you wait for the parade to roll through town at 6 pm. The day comes to a perfect conclusion with a firework display delighting both the young and young at heart.

July 4th Star Wars Movie at Top of Falls

Fireworks not really your thing? Channel your inner Hans Solo or Princess Leia and enjoy an outdoor movie at the top of Amicalola Falls. The Original Star Wars movie will begin at 8:30 pm and concessions will be available.

Hiawassee July 4th Fireworks at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds knows good music and this Fourth of July won’t disappoint! Local favorites, Raven and Red will play a special concert at 6 pm. This toe-tapping bluegrass, country, and an acoustic group will lift your spirits and fill your soul with their beautiful harmonies. When darkness falls, the mountain skies will light up with a Fireworks

Extravaganza! July 4th Cookout And Fireworks Show

Brasstown Valley Resort pulls out all the stops this 4th of July! Beginning at 6:30 pm a Southern-style cookout will tickle your taste buds with classic favorites served up at the Sunset Pavilion. The children will enjoy getting their faces painted and jumping in a bounce castle. The rest of the family will enjoy playing horseshoes and participating in a pie eating contest! Yum! As the sun sets behind the mountains, the fireworks will explode in an amazing display.

4th of July Boat Parade on Lake Chatuge

Spend the day where the lake meets the mountains on Lake Chatuge. The annual boat parade begins at 10:30 am and all participating boats must display an American flag, but additional decorations are encouraged.

McCaysville June 29th McCaysville Fireworks

Delight in a magical firework display in the twin cities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Excitement and patriotism will be evident throughout downtown regardless of the state line you view from. Families can enjoy a full-on street festival featuring live music, food, and vendors only to be made complete with a fair hosted by the First Baptist Church of McCaysville. Don’t fight for a parking space, just ride the Firecracker Express (Blue Ridge Scenic Railway) to and from downtown Blue Ridge to the twin cities.

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Top Summer Events in Blue Ridge GA

Freedom, Fast riding, and Flavor!

One of the best reasons to own a home in North Georgia is because there are so many great activities to keep you and your family entertained! From festivals to the arts and dining to shopping, the adventure never ends in Blue Ridge. Nathan Fitts & Team have created a round-up of some of the best events for you to enjoy this summer!

 

June 29th & 30th Independence Day – Lake Blue Ridge Style

Who doesn’t love a good fireworks show? Who doesn’t love a day on the lake? Get the best of both worlds on the last weekend in June on Lake Blue Ridge. Get a jump start on your Independence Day celebrations on Friday, June 29th at 8:30 pm with the annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade. Decorate your boat and join in on the boat parade or secure a spot on land to watch the festivities. On the evening of Saturday, June 30th a firework spectacular over Lake Blue Ridge will dazzle you from land or boat. Popular viewing locations include the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Tammen Park, and Morganton Point Campground.

 

July 4th Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K

Celebrate your American freedom with a big breath of mountain air and the feeling of accomplishment after you complete the 5k or 10k foot race. Downtown Blue Ridge welcomes racers decked out in red, white, and blue to enjoy the scenic race route and celebrate at the post-race party with a big glass of sweet tea or lemonade, music, watermelon, and more!

 

August 17th & 18th Kiwanis RODEO!   

Get out your best boots and cowboy hat because it’s rodeo time! Enjoy watching bull riding, saddle bronco riding, calf roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and other special events. The rodeo clown will have you laughing and there will be plenty of fun for the kiddos. Gates open at 6 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. A free shuttle will be available at the Fannin County Middle School. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate

 

 

August 25th Mercier Orchards Hard Cider & Beer Festival

Tap into the fun for Mercier Orchards first annual Hard Cider & Beer Festival on August 25th from 12pm-6pm. You’ll have the opportunity to sample 6 cider vendors and 5 breweries while listening to live music and enjoying games like cornhole and beer pong. Food trucks will be onsite and they’ll even have an electric bull! Any day is a great day to spend at Mercier’s, but you definitely won’t want to miss this inaugural event!

 

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Doing Good Together

One of Nathan Fitts & Team’s favorite things about Blue Ridge, aside from its natural beauty, is the small-town feel. We delight in seeing the community come together and work for a worthy cause.

We would like to direct your attention to the wonderful organization, “Feed Fannin.” Feed Fannin is a volunteer group that unites community members while providing food for those in need. They manage a community garden located on Ada Street, which provides space for residents to grow produce. Their members provide over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Family Connection Food Pantry! “Feed Fannin” also aids in providing volunteers and a variety of donations to The Food Pantry, which is part of Family Connections Shelter.

 

The Food Pantry needs change daily, but all donations are gladly accepted. A short list of items that are needed regularly include: canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, boxed dinners, juice, pasta, dried beans, rice, cereals,

 

This Saturday, March 10, Feed Fannin is hosting “Bowls of Hope” at Willow Creek Falls in Blue Ridge to raise awareness and funds to fill the bowls of the hungry in Fannin County.  Sample delicious soups, breads, and desserts from local restaurants & enjoy local musicians.

For more information on the Food Pantry & Family Connections Shelter:

Family Connection Shelter 706-632-6063 or visit http://fannin.gafcp.org/

Feed Fannin (706)946-1001 or email feedfannin@gmail.com

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It’s Game Time…

Game day is right around the corner. North Georgia’s #1 Real Estate Team is ready for Super Bowl 52, and we want to make sure you are, too, so we are here to share a few tips on how to get your home ready for the ultimate Super Bowl Party, as well as a quick new game day recipe!

All eyes will be glued to the screen, so the first step to getting your home “game day ready” is to clean the TV screen and speakers, and, with the television being the focal point, make sure all seats in the room are pointed in that direction. The next step is to protect your home – accidents happen, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. We recommend putting the breakables away for the evening and having cleaning supplies ready. You never know when someone may have a spill! And speaking of clean-up, begin with the end in mind. When you choose your game-day décor, think disposable. Party stores have an abundance of Super Bowl party décor & football decorations, so that part is easy, but we also recommend disposable plastic tablecloths and paperware. When the party is over, you pull up the sides, and throw it all away. A quick wipe down & vacuum, and you are ready for Monday morning!

 

A casual potluck party is the way to go, and we’ve got a new game day recipe for you: Jalapeno Popper Crisps!

Ingredients:

  • Finely shredded Parmesan
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Thinly sliced jalapenos
  • Bacon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Spoon a tablespoon of Parmesan into a small mound on the parchment paper. Top with ½ tablespoon of cheddar. Carefully pat cheese flat and place jalapeno slice on top. Sprinkle with bacon and a dash of pepper over each mound. Bake approximately 12 minutes until golden crispy.

Step 3: Slightly cool and transfer to serving dish. Serve at room temperature.

 

Have you been thinking about buying or selling in North Georgia? It’s time to huddle up and get a game plan together! Our coach, Nathan Fitts, will call the play, and, whether you are cheering on the Eagles or Patriots, you are sure to score big. There are no fumbles when you chose Nathan Fitts & Team – just ask our fans…

Get in the game with Nathan Fitts & Team (877)BUY-MTNS

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Top Events in Blue Ridge for 2018

Blue Ridge is home to an amazing community of families that love amazing local food, cultural arts programs, scenic outdoor activities, and historical sites that transport you to another century. With an active residential population and a growing number of tourists and visitors, there are more reasons than ever before to visit year round. Top events in Blue Ridge, GA are happening each season, and we guarantee there’s something everyone in your family will enjoy.

February 2018

Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off:

Get ready! The 7th annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off is “so hot, it’s cold”! The festival unites chili cooking with competitive ice sculpting in one of the most unique events in Blue Ridge. With live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili to taste, you can buy a $10 card to sample all of the competition and vote on your favorite chili while checking out the ice carving demonstrations.

March 2018

St Patrick’s Day Parade:

Taking place on St. Patrick’s Day in 2018, one of the highly anticipated Blue Ridge 2018 events is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by The Boro Inn Irish Pub. Gather with other families in Blue Ridge to see musicians, local groups, organizations and vendors march through Blue Ridge to celebrate.

April 2018

Trout Festival:

On April 28, Downtown City Park will celebrate all-things trout fishing in the 3rd annual Blue Ridge Trout Festival! The festival is also hosts an educational seminar series where fishers and families can learn about conservation, fish hatcheries, equipment, tips for trout fishing and more. Meet other trout fishing enthusiasts and enjoy one of the most popular things to do in Blue Ridge!

Spring Fest Arts and Crafts:

For two weekends each April, the Spring Fest Arts and Crafts Sale at the State Farmers Market in Blue Ridge brings dozens of vendors together. The free event, which is sponsored by Fannin County Fire Explorer Post 401, showcases vendors’ homemade work in pottery, wood carvings and quilts, as well as homemade snacks, canned goods and other one-of-a-kind items.

Taste of Blue Ridge:

The annual Taste of Blue Ridge is a foodie lover’s dream. This special event each spring unites visitors and locals for truly exceptional culinary experiences. The Taste of Blue Ridge is all about local cuisine and fresh ingredients, highlighting some of the best dishes Georgia has to offer.

May 2018

Arts in the Park (Spring):

This very popular art show and series prove why Blue Ridge was named of the the top five art towns in Georgia and one of the top ten fine craft towns in the country! Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this festival series attracts over 13,000 people who are able to see work from almost 200 artists.

Georgia Mountain Classic Car Show:

The Classic Car Show features over 100 cars with door prizes and trophies for many of the vehicles on display. For car fans, the local concessions and attractions make the day fun for the whole family.

June 2018

Independence Day Fireworks:

One of the most popular events in Blue Ridge is the Independence Day Fireworks show! Next year the show will take place on June 30 at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, but you can also get spectacular views from the Dam and Morganton Point Recreation Area.

August 2018

Denim & Diamonds:

Benefitting the Georgia Mountains Hospice organization, this charity event held each August brings people in Blue Ridge together for a night out in their best denim pants, boots and sparkly bling. The night’s filled with music and dancing, along with a silent auction and dinner.

September 2018

Blues & BBQ Festival:

You can start the Blues & BBQ Festival off right by participating in a BBQ restaurant crawl the night before (and if you visit all participating restaurants and bars, you get into the festival for free!). Then spend your Saturday eating BBQ, tasting local beers, and listening to some incredible Blues music. A portion of proceeds from the festival also go to support Snack in a Backpack.

October 2018

Arts in the Park (Fall):

Similar to the event that happens in Blue Ridge each spring, the Arts in the Park each October highlights work from local artists and brings in more than 8,000 visitors each year.

Georgia Apple Festival:

Do you like apple pie? Apple ice cream? Apple tarts? Apple candies? Apple candles? Pretty much anything that apples could be for? You need to check out the famous Georgia Apple Festival that runs for two weeks each October, showcasing all things apple. There’s also a popular parade and antique car show.

Home Builders Showcase:

Taking place on the first Saturday in October, the Home Builders Showcase is a free event that features local architects, builders, and cabinet makers, along with lenders, realtors, insurers, and furnishing representatives.

Paws in the Park:

This annual event hosted by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge invites pet owners and animal lovers alike to participate in a pet parade, costume contest, photo shoots, and the Paws in the Park 5K through Blue Ridge to support the society.

Fall Festival:

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy the scenery and weather in Blue Ridge. This 9-day festival features performances, craft artists, demonstrations by local organizations, and flower shows. The highlight of the event though is the Georgia Official State Fiddler’s Convention.

November 2018

Light Up Blue Ridge (Saturday after Thanksgiving):

Mr. and Mrs. Clause will make their way into Blue Ridge on the famous train Saturday morning. Come out and see the Santa in the park, grab a bite downtown and take your place for the evening Christmas parade before the majestic tree lighting. It’s a magical tradition for all!

December 2018

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights:

The Mountain Country Christmas in Lights is a light show you and your family can walk through while enjoying caroling singers, seasonal food, arts & crafts, and other entertainment. Located on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, this Christmas light show is the place to be throughout the month of December.

Whether you love fishing, food, music, crafts, parades, holiday lights, animals or all of the above, the top events in Blue Ridge in 2018 are for everyone in the family. Locals and tourists alike will love the social, cultural, and historic richness that Blue Ridge events have to offer, making a Blue Ridge vacation a perfect bucket list addition to your new year!

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