Dade County, Georgia - Annual Events

Dade County Historical Society
Cemetery Walk

April 25th 2020
For more information contact Donna Street @ 423-227-6057

Highway 11 Antique Alley

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Always the four-day weekend (Thursday-Sunday) after Mother's Day in May, a 502-mile festive roadside sale will be held on U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, Mississippi through Birmingham, Alabama, and towns in Dade County, Georgia, then Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Knoxville, Tennessee, and on to Bristol, Virginia.

This is an opportunity for folks to do what they like to do best, and that's to get off the interstate highways and take the old roads. Especially on a spring weekend, through the scenic Tennessee Valley and the Heart of Dixie. They can shop for treasures, eat great food, join the festivities, or just enjoy the scenery or the friendly folks.

New Salem Mountain Festival

Always the second full weekend of October
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The New Salem Mountain Festival, born out of the potential for a grand celebration of human talents amidst nature’s splendor, will present the annual arts and crafts show on the second full weekend of October. Our festival is always held on the second Friday and Saturday of October. Autumn is quite evident as you become nestled in all its beauty while walking through the brilliant colored trees and breathing the cool crisp air in a beautiful woodland setting. The festival is a popular seasonal event attended by thousands of visitors each year.

Approximately 100 talented artists and craftsmen will be exhibiting this year. Each participant is carefully screened to assure good quality products. Exhibits will include pottery, paintings, furniture, wood turning, wood carving, stained glass, jewelry, candles, iron works, wreaths, baskets, chair caning, leather, luggage, purses, quilts, throws, handmade soaps, dog accessories, brooms, scarves, needlework, clothing and accessories, fabrics, chimes, vegetables, jellies, condiments and much more.

The special exhibition indoors each year is “The Mountain Gallery”, which features some of the best works of each exhibitor. You will also be able to purchase these items. Local ladies will be demonstrating the age old art of quilting.
The offering of good food for hungry people has become an important part of the festival and the New Salem United Methodist Church serves delicious home-cooked items. You will find a variety of other goodies throughout the grounds including:
  • funnel cakes
  • caramel apples
  • nachos
  • fudge
  • peanut brittle
  • cotton candy
  • kettle corn
  • drinks
Live entertainment will be provided by a variety of groups. Door prizes, donated by the exhibitors, will be given away throughout each day and winners will be posted at the exit gate. The festival is sponsored by the New Salem Community Improvement Club, Inc., which is a non-profit organization and all proceeds benefit the New Salem Community Center and New Salem Fire and Rescue.