Ball Ground Heritage Days will kick off this Saturday at 10 a.m. with a parade downtown, followed by live music, vendors, great food and other features for all ages at City Park, through 6 p.m., said Karen Jordan, Ball Ground city clerk.
Jordan said the city expects a large turnout of about 1,500 to 2,000 people at the event, similar to years past.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. sharp, beginning at Old Canton Road, then winding through town on Gilmer Ferry Road, before turning left on Grover Street.
“Gilmer Ferry will be closed between 10 and 11 a.m. for the parade,” Jordan said.
The Creekview High School Marching Grizzlies band is set to march in the parade, along with many other organizations and floats.
Following the parade, the festival at City Park will feature live music, a children’s section with activities, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, antique vendors, a vintage car cruise-in, a historic display about Ball Ground and a book-signing event.
Jordan said organizers worked hard on the Heritage Display, which will be housed in what is known as the old Masonic Lodge building, at 290 Gilmer Ferry Road.
“It’s going to be real neat,” Jordan said. “The board of the Historical Society went through old pictures of the city, and picked out pictures. The pictures have been blown up and there are multiple large banners that will be hung up in the building. The model train will also be in there.”
Johnnie Gabriel, a Marietta restaurant owner and author of “Cooking in the South,” will be in Ball Ground immediately following the parade to sign copies of her book. Jordan said Gabriel would also be at the old Masonic Lodge building, where the Heritage Display is located.
The car cruise-in event will be at 390 Gilmer Ferry Road, and Jordan said no registration is required to participate. Owners can show up at the location with their vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles for visitors to view during the event.
The festival is provided by the Ball Ground Business and Community Association and the city of Ball Ground, and is centered at the newly-renovated City Park in downtown Ball Ground, at 288 Gilmer Ferry Road.
Parking is available at Calvin Farmer Park, the Community Center parking lot, on-street and on various side streets downtown, Jordan said.
“Any place you park in the city is a short walk to the festivities,” she added.
On Thursday, the National Weather Service forecasted a high temperature of 71 degrees for Saturday, with a 40 percent chance of showers.