Weekend festivals abound in Cherokee
by Michelle Babcock
May 16, 2013 09:51 PM | 2353 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHEROKEE — Woodstock’s Spring Festival, Canton’s Festival of the Arts and Ball Ground’s Heritage Days festival are all taking place this weekend.

Woodstock’s annual Spring Festival will be at the Park at City Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Woodstock Public Safety Foundation is playing host to the festival which will include live music, food, a police and fire vehicle show, police K-9 demonstrations and games and bounce houses for children.

Prior to the festival, the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation and Woodstock Police Department will play host to a police memorial ceremony in honor of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. The memorial will also be at the Park at City Center and starts at 10 a.m.

The annual Canton Festival of the Arts will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Downtown Canton at the historic Brown Park. More than 60 exhibitors from across nine states will be part of the artist’s market this year. Some of the exhibitor’s mediums will include oil and watercolor paintings, blown glass, jewelry, pottery and wood.

The festival also includes Serenity Gardens, where visitors can learn about gardening, canning, being green and healthy living. A few of the numerous attractions boasted by the Serenity Gardens area include local bee keeper B. J. Weeks from Ball Ground, who will have hives on display, Peach State Orchids growers will display a large variety of orchids, Merrilily Gardens, who will exhibit hybrid flowers and plants for sale along with homemade jams, jellies and salsas, among many more.

During the Canton festival there will also be local authors for the Literary Celebration, many different performers on the main stage, a food, wine and beer garden and hands-on activities for children.

Another event in Canton this weekend is Safe Kids Day, led by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. The Safe Kids Day event will take place in the Target store in Canton Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will raise awareness and funds to prevent childhood injuries.

Also this weekend will be the annual Ball Ground Heritage Days festival in City Park on Saturday, starting with a parade down Gilmer Ferry Road at 10 a.m. Following the parade there will be performances by Stage Fright Band, The Power Tap Cloggers, C. C. Morgan Band and others. The Ball Ground Historical Society will be displaying “Ball Ground’s Heritage” in the historic Roberts Store building and the festival includes arts and crafts, food and activities for children.

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