By Ellen Archer
Kick off fall merrymaking with the inaugural Anheuser-Busch Oktoberfest held at the Cartersville, GA brewery. The first weekend in October will be filled with authentic German food, games, entertainment, and two of Munich’s most renowned beers–Spaten and Franziskaner!
Following the German tradition, Cartersville dignitaries will usher in the celebration of Anheuser-Busch with the ceremonial tap of the first keg of Spaten. Then visitors can experience Beer Stein Relays, Barrel Races, Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst to the sounds of oompah bands and polka. The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will meet and greet festival-goers throughout the weekend, and the team will showcase its beauty in a full hitch appearance on Sunday. Harnessing is from 1-2 pm and a performance is from 2-4 pm.
Adult tickets to Oktoberfest are $20 and include a commemorative Oktoberfest stein, one food item and a brewery tour. Guests 20 years old and younger can enjoy the event for free. Additional food and soft drinks will be available for purchase. To reserve
tickets, go to www.ABOktoberfest.com.
On the other side of town, a more sobering experience will be taking place with “The Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered” at Allatoona Battlefield. This is a chance to see some of the most intact Civil War trenches and other earthen works remaining in Georgia and learn the poignant saga of one of the last and bloodiest battles in the South – truly “a needless effusion of blood” as it was dubbed just hours before the clash began.
October in Cartersville also brings the Cartersville Bluegrass Festival in historic downtown, the 13th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium at the ever-amazing Booth Western Art Museum, and high-flying dogs from across the world at the USDDN Dog Disc World Finals. Throughout the month of October, Red Top Mountain State Park offers weekend Halloween Hayrides and Storytelling. Make your way back to the Booth Western Art Museum on November 14th for the Ansel Adams Exhibition Opening and Evening Lecture: Ansel Adams: before & AFTER. The Adams Exhibition runs through March 20, 2016.
For a downhome fall festival served up southern-style, the Great Locomotive Festival in nearby Adairsville sets the standard. Celebrating its 47th year, the festival consumes the entire historic downtown from Thursday through Sunday the first weekend in October.
Celebrate the official start to the holiday season on November 25th at Barnsley Resort when more than one million lights bring the historic manor house ruins and gardens alive with holiday magic. Enjoy seasonal refreshments and festive music. Of course, Santa and his reindeer make an appearance. The spectacular display runs through January 1st.
If Cartersville hasn’t been on your radar, this fall is a perfect time to find out what you’ve been missing. A helpful website to see all the happenings – as well as lodging choices and eateries – is www.VisitCartersvilleGA.org.
Ellen Archer has been the executive director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau for 25-years-and counting. She has enjoyed great growth in the local tourism industry, including the development of Barnsley Resort, the Booth Western Art Museum, Tellus Museum, Lakepoint Sporting Community, and the Clarence Brown Conference Center, a community first. Next? A first of its kind smart park, maybe. We’ll see.