Oconee Chamber
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Fall Festival
The 41st 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 “What a perfect day!  Glorious weather, a late game start, friendly HUGE crowds and so many returning Whirly Girls and new smiling faces.  62 Whirlies found new homes.  I wish I could bottle it”. Mercedes Dewey, Whirly Wraps.
A BIG Thank You to our presenting sponsors, BankSouth, who also brought their tailgate trailer which had a 65” TV.  Attendees were able to watch football games during the festival. LAD Records Management was our other Presenting sponsor and they brought their document shred truck to display.
We also thank our two Event Sponsors this year, Reddy Urgent Care and Golden Pantry. 
Many thanks to our Fall Festival sponsors:  AirTight Insulation, American Pest Control, Athens Academy, Athens Ford, Athens Printing Company, City of Watkinsville, Country Financial, Curbside Services, F-4 Sanitation, First American Bank & Trust,  Georgia Neurological Surgery & Spine, Georgia Square Collision, Golden Pantry, Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oconee Parks and Recreation, Oconee State Bank, South State Bank, and Watkinsville Golf Cart.
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 on loan to us from Oconee Presbyterian Church.  Tables and chairs are also loaned to us from Steve Ebbert for visitors to take a break from shopping.   
Those volunteers who braved the early morning hours to help the vendors get checked in and parked enjoyed delicious biscuits donated by Golden Pantry.
We would also like to thank the City of Watkinsville and the Watkinsville Police Dept.   
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, Nancy Smith, Rodney Kalessa, Josh Tench, Phillip Jackson, Melissa Lord, Eric Hyde, and Chan Field.  The office staff of the Oconee Chamber also plays a big role in making the festival a success; Kay Keller and Sarah Caven, along with our families and loved ones who also play a big part in assisting us with the festival and we thank them; Chad Keller, Brooke Keller, Jacob Keller, Grant Gilbert, Rick Estess and Corbin Estess.
Thank you to Dean Pannell of Pannell Designs & Events who provided the festive decorations around the festival area.
The festival has more than 130 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 & Fitness Challenge was a great success due to the hard work and dedication of Nelson Pavao, Chairman.  Not only did his committee take on a new route that went thru the Fall Festival area, but added fitness challenges as an option. Our thanks for this year’s presenting sponsor: Athens Regional Health System.  We also thank all our race sponsors; Shirt Sponsor-Athens Ford; Premiere Fitness Challenge Sponsor- Empire South and Specialty Paint & Body; Finish Sponsors-Athens Printing, State Farm Steve Denman, Southern Land Exchange, Publix, Kinnucan’s, and Tifosi; Water Station Sponsor- Oconee Rotary Club; and Route Sponsor- Reliant Homes. We would also like to recognize LogoSurfing Promotional Products for the race t-shirts, and Blue Bell Pottery for the pottery prizes.
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 

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​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 Ocotber, in Historic Downtown Watkinsville. With  over 200+ booth and 20,000 in attendance, this one day, outdoor festival is the largest arts & crafts venue in the area. 

Other Information About the Festival:

  • Free hayrides to and from the festival area (from select parking lots; Harris Shoals Park & Southwire on Barnett Shoals Rd)
  • KidZone: Rock Climbing wall; Spider Jump; Inflatables; Pony Rides; Mechanical Bull ride;  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.

Presenting Sponsors:

Event Sponsors

Fall Festival Sponsors

Harvest Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors