Oconee Chamber
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Fall Festival
The Oconee Chamber Fall Festival was started in 1974 and today is known as a premiere Arts & Crafts festival. It is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in October, in Historic Downtown Watkinsville. With over 200+ booths and 30,000 in attendance, this one day, outdoor festival is the largest arts & crafts venue in the area.

Artists Amenities Include:

  • Convenient, free parking
  • Overnight security
  • Friday setup
  • Complimentary Friday night meal
  • Strong community support
  • Drive to booth space for load-in and load-out
  • Loyal, long term repeat customer base


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What: Arts & Craft Festival
 
Where: Historic Downtown Watkinsville, Ga
 
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015
           9am - 5pm
  

Other Information About the Festival:

  • Free hayrides to and from the festival area (from select parking lots)
  • KidZone: Rock Climbing wall; Spider Jump; Inflatables; Pony Rides; Mechanical Bull ride; Zippy Pets; Train ride (small children)
  • Pets are not allowed in the Festival area. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please plan accordingly. 
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission
  • We are a smoke-free festival. No smoking in booths or festival area.
For More information, contact Julia Estess, jestess@oconeechamber.org or 706-769-7947.
The 40th Annual Oconee Chamber Fall Festival was a huge success.  Booth spaces were completely sold out weeks in advance. Crowds came out in record attendance and the weather was beautiful. Early feedback from the festival vendors and attendees has been positive. One of our longtime craft vendors says “Thank you so much for putting on a FANTASTIC fall festival!!!  Everything was wonderful -- well organized, beautiful day, cheerful volunteers EVERYWHERE to help, just perfect in every way!  Thank you again for all of your hard work to make it happen!  -Ann Peden”.
Another local artist says, “This year was my best one day show EVER!!!  Friendly crowds, glorious weather, and enthusiastic shoppers. WONDERFUL! Mercedes Dewey, Whirly Wraps.
A BIG Thank You to our presenting sponsor, BankSouth, who also brought their tailgate trailer which had a 65” TV.  Attendees were able to watch football games during the festival.
Many thanks to our Fall Festival sponsors:  Airtight Insulation, American Pest Control, Athens Ford, Bone Dry Roofing, City of Watkinsville, Curbside Services, F-4 Sanitation, Georgia Neurological Surgery & Spine, Georgia Square Collision, Golden Pantry;  Oconee Parks and Recreation; Walton EMC Natural Gas, Watkinsville Golf Cart.
 We would like to thank those businesses and individuals who supported the festival with their Friend of the Festival sponsorship: Athens Area Home Builders Association, Athens- Oconee Parent Magazine, Boykin Team Real Estate,  CertaPro Painters, Cindy Haddon, Cofer's Home & Garden, Corbin Estess, Dianne H. Wright-BHHS Blanton Properties, John & Maria Caudill, Julia & Rick Estess, Laster Law Firm, Mike & Lisa McCleary, Oconee Farmers Market, Pannell Designs & Events, Paw Paw's P'Nuts & Such, Randy & Susan Wilkes, Rep. Chuck Williams, Rodney & Donna Kalessa, Ronda Holloway, CPA, P.C.,  Rotary Club of Oconee County, Sarah Caven, Southeast Restoration Group, State Farm Insurance- Steve Denman, Sunita Singh, The Bishop Company, The Keller Family, Velocity Technology Partners, Weichert, Realtors-Signature Group, and YWCO.
As in years past, the Oconee High School Band marched down 3rd Street and played several songs before marching back out. Thank you to band Director, Mark Provost and The Oconee High School Band for getting up early and getting the festival started with such energy.
We appreciate the Oconee Parks and Recreation Dept. for their contribution to the setup for the festival. Also, thanks to Marvin Poe and his crew for bringing in picnic tables, and to Tom & Kathy Little for the use of their tables. 
Those volunteers who braved the early morning hours to help the vendors get checked in and parked enjoyed delicious biscuits donated by Golden Pantry.
Our heartfelt thanks goes to Mayor Ivie and his staff for being involved from the planning stages of the festival to the very end.   Also, thank you to the Watkinsville Police Department for their services the day of the festival.
This festival would not be a success without the hard work and dedication of the Fall Festival Committee. This committee dedicates their time and talents for a year in the planning and organization of the festival. Those involved on the committee are David Williams, Marks Towles, Randy Wilkes, Cindy Haddon, Jonathan Schwartz, Kenneth Mann, Paul Boykin, Nancy Smith, Maria Caudill, Rodney Kalessa and Turner Douglas. The office staff of the Oconee Chamber also plays a big role in making the festival a success; Kay Keller and Sarah Caven. Our families and loved ones also play a big part in assisting us with the festival and we thank them; Chad Keller, Brooke Keller, Jacob Keller, Grant Gilbert, and Corbin Estess.
Thank you to Dean Pannell of Pannell Designs & Events who provided the festive decorations around the festival area.
The festival had many volunteers throughout the day who helped with numerous jobs. We couldn’t prepare this large of a festival without their assistance, and there are many of them. Thank you!
The Scarecrow 5K Road Race was a great success due to the hard work and dedication of Nelson Pavao, Chairman.  Our thanks for this year’s presenting sponsor: St. Mary’s Health Care System. Thank you to the race sponsors; Full Potential Chiropractic, Oconee State Bank, Greg Ware Family Dentistry, Kinnucan’s, Horizon Physical Therapy, Tifosi Optics, Steve Denman State Farm Insurance, Blue Bell Gallery, Logo Surfing, and Trader Joe’s.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Department does a great job of directing traffic for the race and keeping everyone safe, thanks to those deputies who helped on that day.
The Fall Festival is a very large production that requires the collected effort of the wonderful people of our community, chamber members, Leadership Oconee, Youth Leadership Oconee, family and friends, all of whom are committed to providing Oconee County with the best Fall Festival possible.
Thanks to All Who Volunteered Their Time to Make This Fall Festival The Best!

Julia Estess  Director of Membership and Special Events

Fall Festival Sponsors